The True Nature of the Battle

* The message below was delivered by Rusty Thomas on Saturday at our 2012 Constitution Party of Texas State Convention held June 9th in Huntsville.

By God’s grace, I’d like to give some opening remarks and then launch into the meat of the message. First, a nation can survive wicked, foolish leaders. It cannot survive a wicked, foolish people who elect them. The Obama Administration is not the root of the problem, but a fruit of the problem. Obama is God’s ex-ray that reveals the wretched state of our nation. The godless public
education has taken its toll upon the American mind as Marxism has moved from the class room to the White House. There is a direct connection between our spiritual and moral state and the litany of woe upon the land.

There are two sins, once they reach heaven you are in deep trouble with the Almighty. They are child sacrifice and homosexuality. No nation that condoned those two abominations survived to brag about it. Psalm 106 declares, “Those who hate you will rule over you.”

I believe we are beyond a political solution to what ails us as a nation. We need a heaven-sent revival that will arm an obedient church with a Biblical worldview on law and government to replace the chain on the federal beast that is devouring our liberties and children’s future. Our one hope is for the church to repent and reclaim her calling as salt and light to give God a reason to show
mercy to a nation that is begging for more of His wrath.

Genesis 3:15 not only introduces the first mention of the gospel of the Kingdom and its promised Messiah, It also commenced the battle for the souls of men, the lives of children, and the future of our planet. The Bible reveals two competing camps. One is the seed of the serpent and the other the seed of the woman. How are they recognized? The seed of the serpent is known by, “my body, my choice, I do want I want to do, when I want to do it, with whomever I choose to do it with and my one great commandment is thou shalt not judge me, get out of my face.” The seed of the woman is defined by “not my will, but thine be done.”

We are all born into this world as part of the seed of the serpent, this is why Jesus demands we must be born-again to enter or see His Kingdom.

The True Nature of the Battle

Acts 17:1-7-The battle comes down to two main issues, who is Lord, God or man and whose laws are to govern in the affairs of men, God or man? Rome was not threatened religiously by Christianity, but politically. Most of the titles of the Lord are political in nature, not ecclesiastical. Yes, He is called the Great Shepherd and the Bishop of our souls, but most of His titles speak of Judge, Lord, King, and Governor of the nations.

One Nation under God

Our nation was founded, according to the Mayflower Compact, “In the name of God, for the glory of God and for the advancement of the Christian faith.” It developed as One Nation under God. Ronald Reagan warned that if we ever forget that we are One Nation under God, we will be a nation gone under. Why is that? If men reject the sovereignty of God, we have only two failed options to embrace, statism and the lie of the garden, which is the individual is sovereign. One leads to tyranny and the other to anarchy. Only One Nation under God can safeguard the delicate tension between authority and liberty. Only One Nation under God can secure a just social order on one hand and maximum individual freedom on the other hand.

Lawlessness Leads to Tyranny

Proverbs 28:2. Because men are sinful, we must be governed. The problem is sinful men rule sinful men. This is why our Founding Fathers stated that those who govern can only ruled by the consent of the governed. According to Robert Winthrop, “All societies of men must be governed in some way or other. Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled either by a power within them, or by a power without them; either by the Word of God, or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible or by the bayonet.”

Daniel Webster warned, “If we and our posterity shall be true to the Christian religion, if we and they shall live always in the fear of God and shall respect His Commandments…we may have the highest hopes of the future fortunes of our country;…But if we and our posterity neglect religious instruction and authority; violate the rules of eternal justice, trifle with the injunctions of morality, and recklessly destroy the political constitution which holds us together, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity.”

In our day, good has become evil and evil, good and our government has codified evil into law. If our government is going to defend, promote, and honor abominations like abortion and homosexuality, they must of necessity punish the righteous.

In light of these realities we are struggling with under our watch, I’ll conclude this message with two relevant quotes. One is from A.A. Hodge who declared:

A Christian is just as much under the obligation to obey God’s will in the most secular of his daily business as he is in his closet or at the communion table. He has no right to separate his life into two realms, and acknowledge different moral codes in each…The kingdom of God includes all sides of human life, and it is a kingdom of absolute righteousness. You are either a loyal subject or a traitor. When the King comes, how will he find you doing? The kingdom of God is one, it cannot be divided…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…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.

Abraham Kuyper stated, “When principles that run against your deepest convictions begin to win the day, then battle is your calling, and peace has become your sin; you must, at the price of dearest peace, lay your convictions bare before friend and enemy, with all the fire of your faith.”

Those who have gone before us have run their lap of the race and bequeathed to us a nation conceived in liberty. The past few generations have squandered our godly heritage. They all are gone and it is our turn now. Folks, we must fight the good fight of faith for this is the victory that overcomes the world in Jesus’ mighty name!