Joining Of Church And State
considering benefits of the
separation of church and state
Here is a telling quote
from a travel log in Sweden written by an unbeliever.
He was traveling throughout Europe, visiting "aggressive
and obnoxious" political dissidents he admires.
to score the highest for irreligion in the Western World
on public opinion polls. Nominally, Swedes belong to
the State Church, and 1& 37; of their income is
taxed to finance the Church. Any Swede can avoid the
1& 37; deduction simply by making a formal request
to the government, but most don't bother. Henrik said
that the government will probably privatize the Church
within the next five years, but there are evidently
people who are concerned that a private church might
become aggressive and obnoxious."
The Swedes obviously are
comfortable with a tame and controlled church. A church
supported by the government is weak, luke warm, without
flavor or effectiveness. A great reason for separation
of Church and State.
by Pufendorf was written in 1687, the argument
for keeping state out of religion has a long history.
Read chapter 3 of Revelation.
I'll give you just a taste of what is written to the
church from verse 15 through 20: "I know thy works,
that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert
cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm and neither
cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because
thou sayest, I am rich and increased with goods, and
have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art
wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire,
that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou
mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness
do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve,
that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and
chasten: be zealous therefore and repent. Behold, I
stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice,
and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup
with him, and he with me."
Christ said "Ye are
the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his
savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth
good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden
under foot of men."
It sounds like government
supported Scandinavian churches have lost their savour.
They have been thrown out of the lives of their countrymen.
The unbelievers think the churches only function is
to be trodden under foot.
If the Church chooses
not to be free, if it accepts government control, it
is making itself a willing slave, a bond-servant, to
a corrupt world system. A church so ensnared can not
be effective for God.
Let's move it to a personal
As a Christian; what is
Do you still add saltiness to the stew?
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