Civil Government: Chapter 4 – The Foundation for a Godly Society (Excerpt)

Civil Government - cover

It is important to note that the Ten Commandments are not directed to or about the government — they are to the individual. That means that each one of us and all those we may teach can make personal application from these truths.

How do we fix a broken society? It will not come through government policy but with the people’s change of heart. In the Ten Commandments, we are taught about one’s relationship with God and with others and also the type of character which one ought to have. The framework for a godly and righteous society does not start with government. In fact, if all people would follow these commands, government would be unnecessary. Notice what Paul wrote:

“For this, ‘You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not covet,’ and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law” (Romans 13:9-10).

This comes immediately after what Paul revealed about the divinely ordained role of civil government. He mentioned a few of the Ten Commandments and said they all have one thing in common — love. Love is the fulfillment of the Law. This means that if everyone exercised love properly toward one another, there would be no God-given purpose for civil government, thus making it irrelevant and unnecessary.

You can read more about how the Ten Commandments show us the foundation for a godly society in Civil Government: What the Bible Says About Its Origin, History, Nature, and Role. Follow the link to learn more about the book and purchase your copy today!

The Root of the Problem: Chapter 19 – Lack of Love for God (Excerpt)

The Root of the Problem (cover)Many people will say that they love God. But John says, “Let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth” (1 John 3:18). Claiming to love God, without the deeds to back it up, is meaningless.

“If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15).

“For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome” (1 John 5:3).

If we love God, we must obey Him. Therefore, we must also give up sin (disobedience). John says His commandments are “not burdensome” – we can do it. But we must love Him enough that we are willing to do so.

You can read more about why we should love God and how this helps us to overcome sin in The Root of the Problem: Why We Sin & How We Can Overcome. Follow the link to learn more about the book and purchase your copy today!

The Root of the Problem: Chapter 18 – Lack of Love for Man (Excerpt)

The Root of the Problem (cover)If we truly love others, we will seek their best interest ahead of our own. We will not wrong them for our own personal gain. We will not do harm to them. Instead we will love them as we would love ourselves. Jesus says that this was second in importance after our primary duty to love the Lord.

“The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’” (Matthew 22:39).

It is interesting that our love for others is based upon the love we should naturally have for ourselves. If we hope to treat others in the way Jesus has told us to, then we must have a proper appreciation of who we are. However, this does not mean we are to be arrogant. After all, as we have already noticed in this study, we have sinned and are therefore deserving of death (Romans 3:23; 6:23) so we have no reason to be arrogant. But we must have a proper view of ourselves within the context of how God sees us.

“God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27).

We have been made in the image of God. That means we occupy a special place in His creation. We bear His likeness in ourselves.

You can read more about how God sees us and how we should therefore act towards others in The Root of the Problem: Why We Sin & How We Can Overcome. Follow the link to learn more about the book and purchase your copy today!