If Christians obeyed God’s laws regarding theft, then they would possess a major competitive advantage in every society. If they were self-disciplined in not taking advantage of others, they would gain reputations of honesty that would increase the number of offers for joint ventures. This begins with self-government under God. Christians should be sufficiently afraid of the negative sanctions of God to persuade them to avoid cheating.
If churches had not defected with respect to the preaching of the gospel and the preaching of the covenant, the once-Christian West would not be in the present disastrous situation in which it finds itself. The modern welfare state would not have come into existence. The bankruptcy-producing unfunded liabilities of the West’s national governments to fund old-age retirement plans and health care for the aged were voted into existence by politicians elected by Christians. If pastors had preached the laws of Christian economics, and if church members had believed them, this would not have happened. But the pastors did not preach this, so the welfare state gained support from the broad masses of Christians. From 1885 on, the idea of the welfare state began to gain support of pastors in the large northern Protestant denominations in the United States. This new theology was known as the social gospel. It was dominant in large Northern Protestant denominations by 1925.
There are private forms of theft. People borrow, but they do not repay. Here is what the psalmist said: “The wicked borrows but does not pay back” (Psalm 37:21a). This is a widespread sin in Christian circles. If you agree to do something, do it. If you sign a contract, fulfill it.
The refusal of Christians to challenge the expansion of the state in the area of education and old age security is evidence of the fact that Christians no longer believe the Bible offers the theological, moral, and judicial foundations of social theory. They have surrendered to the state in almost every area of life, because they do not believe that they are responsible, as Christians, to preach and then implement a system of institutional governments: family, church, and state. These are oath-bound institutions, and the stipulations of the respective oaths are presented in the Bible. Because Christians do not believe this, they have continually surrendered to rival systems of government with rival oaths and rival stipulations.
The legalization of abortion represents the most important assault against the Christian concept of the family in the modern world. God-hating pagans who refuse to accept responsibility for the children that their sexual activity produces are ready to kill their children. They want the benefits of sexual activity, but they do not want any of the liabilities. They have gone to the state and demanded that the state legalize their murder of their own children. Christians have generally accepted this development. There has been some resistance, but it has not been systematic. Christians have verbally identified abortion as murder, but they do not really believe this. On the one hand, they insist that the death penalty is mandated by the Bible for murder. On the other hand, they have refused to call for the execution of abortionists as murderers. They are schizophrenic: judicially, covenantally and intellectually. This surrender to the mass murderers of the modern world is representative of the widespread defection of political responsibility by Christians. They have accepted the doctrine of neutral civil government, despite the fact that neutral civil government authorizes the murder of the innocents. Until Christians steadfastly oppose the murder of the innocents, there is little hope that the city of man will face a serious threat from Christianity.Christian Economics: Student’s Edition
Christians don’t really believe in the authority of God.
Until we repent and actually obey God in their own lives, and in our own families and churches and businesses, we can expect to continue to face the (earned) contempt of the pagans.
When Christians get serious about obedience – personal, familial, in assembly & congregations, and in local government – then we will change their nations and the world.
But not a second before.
- Do not steal, as Adam did in the garden. Keep your promises. Pay what you owe. Do not cheat your customer, or your employer, or your employees. Pay your taxes, even if they are tyrannical.
- But work hard to lawfully cut off the slave chains of total taxes of 10% and greater. Christians are made to be free, and not tax slaves of any government.
- Do not shed innocent blood, outside or within the womb. The penalty for murder is execution by the lawful hand of the civil authority.
- Christians should work hard to insure that the civil magistrate uphold the laws of God: only the laws of God, and only to the extent that Moses & Christ commanded: no more, and no less.
Jesus explicitly commanded us to teach the nations to observe and uphold the commandments of God. Justice, truth, and righteous, as defined by God, must shape every government in the world, including the covenantal governments: individual, family, religious, and civil.
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”Matthew 28:18-20, ESV