God and Government

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Nearly forty years ago, amid the rapid dissolution of the American moral fabric after Roe v. Wade, an old truth started gaining new life in America.

It was the truth that had once made America great, but one which she had forgotten—that the Bible is not a collection of disconnected moralisms for private application, but rather a comprehensive guide for all of life, a blueprint for the private and public conduct of all individuals and nations.

In 1982, the three-volume God and Government series fanned the flames of this national worldview awakening, establishing that the character of a nation and its people depends on their relationship with God as revealed in Holy Scripture.

Relying on clear historical and biblical research, author Gary DeMar demonstrated how America had been great and how she could be great again.

The series quickly became a staple in the Christian curriculum.  For decades, in the hands of countless teachers, parents, and students, the books educated minds young and old in the Christian history of America, the origin and foundation of government, the biblical principles of authority, and the basis and necessity of Christian political activism.

But the work of reviving America is far from finished, and Americans need to hear—now more than ever—the biblical and historical truths explained in God and Government.

Now thirty years later, American Vision has thoroughly renovated, revised, and updated Gary DeMar’s monumental work into this beautiful one-volume hardback.

With a fresh new look, more images, an extensive subject and scripture index, and an updated bibliography, God and Government is ready to prepare a whole new generation to take on the political and religious battles confronting Christians today.

May it be used in a new awakening of Christians in America—not just to inform minds, but to stimulate action and secure a better tomorrow for our posterity.

screen-shot-2011-01-22-at-9.43.28-am.pngSpecifications: Hardback, 700+ pages with dozens of carefully selected corresponding images, extensive subject and Scripture index, verified quotes and bibliography

Excerpt: In developing a just judicial system, an unchanging standard of law is fundamental. Such a standard would legislate impartially among rich and poor, the majority and the minority, the weak and the strong, and the small and the great. Justice would not be defined in terms of who can wield the greatest power or make the loudest noise. Justice is an immovable standard that judges between a man and his neighbor: "If a powerful and evil man, class, or group can push an innocent man out of his property, or in any way abuse him, the evil is compounded if they can command the state to help them in their theft . . . The courts must transcend the passions of the day. It must represent a law-order which judges the entire social order, and this is possible only if the judges represent God, not the people or the state." (3) The law should be no respecter of persons. The people, as well as the courts, must act in terms of that immutable higher law, the law of God.

A nation's judicial system rests on law—the law of God or the law of man. There is no neutrality. When man's law prevails we can expect God's law to be invalidated (Mark 7:8, 13). Satan attacked God on the basis of His law: "Indeed, has God said, "'You shall not eat from any tree of the garden?'" (Genesis 3:1). He appealed to Adam and Eve to be a law unto themselves—to "be like God" (v. 5).

(3. Rushdoony, Institutes of Biblical Law, 611.) Page 583

Foreword: "Goethe, the famous German literatus, once aptly observed that the only subject in all of history worthy of consideration was the struggle between faith and unbelief. That struggle is now entering its climacteric in the United States of America. Christian theism and secularist unbelief are locked in a life and death struggle for the soul of this nation. Through the rewriting of history and the use of humanist double- speak, the proponents of disbelief have almost written God out of the history of America and the functioning of its government. This is why the volume by Gary DeMar entitled God and Government is so crucial at this time. Never has there been a greater need for Americans to understand the Biblical and Christian foundations of our nation. Indeed, the state- ment made by the Supreme Court in 1892 after a careful perusal of all of the founding documents of this country that "This is a religious people, this is a Christian nation" sounds almost alien to most Americans today. So thorough has been the indoctrination that this is supposed to be a secularist nation. This volume provides a refreshing and welcome clarification of a most basic issue of our time." - D. James Kennedy, PhD. December, 1983,Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Preface: Why another book dealing with the nature of government and politics? Why study government when there are so many great truths in the Bible to expound concerning God, Jesus Christ, salvation, faith, love, and the return of Christ? Are we as Christians getting side-tracked from our proper and central concerns by delving into such "mundane" issues?

Martin Luther (c. 1483-1546) answered these questions when he wrote: "If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved and to be steady on all the battlefield besides is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that one point."

The battle today is over lordship. The issue of politics today is the issue of sovereignty. Who is the Lord of all of life to whom man must give his total allegiance, Christ or Caesar? The answer to this question is the difference between liberty and slavery, justice and tyranny.

The critical issue of our day is the relationship of Jesus Christ and His Word to our political and legal system in the United States. Who has jurisdiction over every aspect of American society, Jesus Christ or the State? Is this to be a nation founded on the precepts of the Bible or one founded on the shifting sands of humanism? The only faithful answer that a Bible believing Christian can give is this: "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord" (Psalm 33:12). "For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; He will save us" (Isaiah 33:22). Benjamin Franklin, addressing the Constitutional Convention, quoted Psalm 127:1: "Unless the Lord builds a house, they labor in vain who build it."

The Christian's study of God's Word must bring with it the desire and the ability to make application where Scripture makes application. If Scripture speaks to civil government then civil government must be called upon to acknowledge the Lord of Scripture and be reconstructed according to His demands. A. A. Hodge's words are to the point and just as applicable today as they were a century ago:

If Christ is really king, exercising original and immediate jurisdiction over the State as really as he does over the church, it follows necessarily that the general denial or neglect of his rightful lordship, any prevalent refusal to obey that Bible which is the open law-book of his kingdom, must be followed by political and social as well as moral and religious ruin. If professing Christians are unfaithful to the authority of their Lord in their capacity as citizens of the State, they cannot expect to be blessed by the indwelling of the Holy Ghost in their capacity as members of the church. The kingdom of Christ is one, and cannot be divided in life or in death. If the Church languishes, the State cannot be in health; and if the State rebels against its Lord and King, the Church cannot enjoy his favour. If the Holy Ghost is withdrawn from the Church, he is not present in the State; and if he, the only "Lord, the Giver of life" be absent, then all order is impossible, and the elements of society lapse backward to primeval night and chaos . . . I charge you, citizens of the United States, afloat on your wide sea of politics, there is another king, one Jesus: the safety of the State can be secured only in the way of humble and whole-souled loyalty to His person and of obedience to His Law.(1)

The political choice before us is Christ or chaos. Is Jesus "the King of kings and Lord of lords"?

That is the question before American Christians. The issue is anything but peripheral.

(1. A. A. Hodge, Evangelical Theology (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, [1893], 1977), 246-248.)

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Part 1: Defining Government

  • 1: Self-Government and Family Government  
  • 2: Ecclesiastical and Civil Governments   
  • 3: The Origin and Development of Civil Government  
  • 4: The Purpose and Function of Civil Government 
  • 5: The Biblical Form of Civil Government  
  • 6: Jesus and Civil Government  
  • 7: The Christian History of The United States  
  • 8: The Purpose of the United States Constitution   
  • 9: The Relationship of Church and State In the Bible   
  • 10: The Relationship of Church and State In the First Amendment  

Part 2: Issues in Biblical Perspective

  • 11: Developing a Biblical Worldview   
  • 12: Worldviews in Conflict   
  • 13: Sovereignty and Dominion   
  • 14: Sovereignty and Ownership   
  • 15: Financing the Work of God’s Kingdom   
  • 16: Financing the Responsibilities of the State   
  • 17: Biblical Economics   
  • 18: The Enemies of Biblical Economics   
  • 19: The Causes of Poverty   
  • 20: The Conquest of Poverty   

Part 3: The Restoration of the Republic

  • 21: The Biblical View of Authority   
  • 22: The Enemies of Biblical Authority   
  • 23: God’s Sovereignty Over the Nations   
  • 24: Establishing Christian Leadership   
  • 25: The Restoration of the Republic   
  • 26: The Foundation of Law   
  • 27: The Administration of Justice   
  • 28: Human Rights and Responsibilities   
  • 29: Sovereignty and Education   
  • 30: The Future of Government   
  • Appendix: What is Government?   
  • Scripture Index
  • Topical Index
  • Recommended Reading

About the Author: Gary is a graduate of Western Michigan University (1973) and earned his M.Div. at Reformed Theological Seminary in 1979. In 2007, he received his Ph.D. in Christian Intellectual History from Whitefield Theological Seminary. Author of countless essays, news articles, and more than 27 book titles, he also hosted The Gary DeMar Show, and History Unwrapped. Gary has been interviewed by nearly every major news source, both Television and Print, on a variety of topics, his expert knowledge particularly in demand when discussing the subject of America's Christian heritage. Gary has lived in the Atlanta area since 1979 with his wife, Carol. They have two married sons and are enjoying being grandparents to their grandsons. Gary and Carol are members of Midway Presbyterian Church (PCA).

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