Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.

Proverbs 14:34 KJV

I wish that this verse were inscribed over the United Nations instead of the verse about beating their swords into plowshares, which will not happen until Christ reigns on this earth. When Christ returns, then they will learn that righteousness does exalt a nation. Today, the nations do not believe that righteousness exalts them, but history bears testimony to it. The pathway of history is strewed with the wrecks, the debris, and the ruins of nations that didn’t follow this principle. ‘Sin is a reproach to any people.’

—'J. Vernon McGee, Thru the Bible Vol. III (1982)

Our Creator-God designed and established both angelic government and human government for His eternal purpose (cf. Col. 1:15-17). The Seventh Law of Divine Establishment for Temporal Living is the law of Individual Sovereign Entities and is designed to provide order and stability between the various divisions of the Adamic (human) race. At Adam’s creation, the Father established the Edenic Covenant with him; and it included the principle upon which human government is to exist (cf. Gen. 1:28). All nations are accountable to God (cf. Ps. 9:17).

God the Son made Adam His appointed prince-regent ruler over the created earth, even though Adam did not have anyone to rule over. Adam’s rule was not absolute because He was still under the sovereign authority of God (cf. Ps. 83:18). A careful examination of the Edenic Covenant shows that it included all four primary laws of Divine Establishment for Temporal Living in the Material World (Individuality, Marriage, Family, and Nation); and they were all for the benefit of the human race (cf. Gen. 1:27-30). Each one has its own area of responsibility and therefore they are separate and equal and yet united for the overall purpose of providing order and stability in the human race.

The Father’s design for the individual sovereign nations was for the nucleus of each nation to be developed along racial and language ties with specific geographical boundaries (cf. Gen. 10:2, 5, 20, 31, 32). Families grew into tribes; and tribes developed into nations. When He established the boundaries for the Gentile nations, He took into consideration His plan for the future establishment of the Abrahamic Land Grant as the home of the nation of Israel (cf. Deut. 32:8). The Father had a plan that provided for the assimilation of non-Hebrews into the nation; but with citizenship came their acceptance of the Hebrew culture through acceptance of Jehovah Elohim as their God. The circumcision of the male members of the family signified their commitment to live and die as Israelites. The real issue in immigration is always language and cultural assimilation.

The eternal new earth will be divided into individual nations and this will be an everlasting testimony to the wisdom of the Father’s protocol plan for the Adamic race in time (cf. Rev. 21:2, 24, 26; 22:12). God made the Adamic race societal by nature. The desire for fellowship with others was placed there by our Creator-God and makes possible our spiritual desire to fellowship with the Father, the Son (cf. I John 1:3), and the Spirit (cf. Phil. 2:1; II Cor. 13:14). Man is societal; but government cannot be a social contract between people because it was created and ordained by God.

The Father’s plan for separate individual sovereign national entities was to prevent the establishment of a one-world order (cf. Gen. 11:1-9). The Father designed nations to protect their citizens from external enemies (cf. Gen. 14:1-24; Neh. 4:1-23) and from internal crime and violence (cf. Rom. 13:1-7). The Father is not the author of sin and evil (cf. Jam. 1:13-15). Therefore, the Father did not, could not, and will not authorize governmental tyranny.

“No nation on earth, is more dependent than our own, for its welfare, on the preservation and general belief and influence of Christianity among us.

—Jasper Adams, The Relation of Christianity to Civil Government in the United States (Sermon—Feb. 13, 1833)

In our present fallen condition it is impossible to excogitate a standard of duty which shall be warped by none of our prejudices, distorted by none of our passions and corrupted by none of our habits. We are liable to as great perversions of original principles of right as of the original principles of truth. The elements of reason have no power to secure their just applications. There never has appeared an absolutely perfect rule of duty among any nations, however civilized and cultivated, that were destitute of Revelation. It is only of the law of the Lord as contained in the Scriptures that we can justly say, It is perfect.

—James H. Thornwell, The Ethical System of Truth (Sermon—1851)

The Father’s Laws of Divine Establishment for Temporal Living in the Material World are for believers and unbelievers alike. This is based upon the fact that all believers and unbelievers are individual people; and that they are free to marry, have families, and be citizens of a nation. Therefore, the Father designed them to function under all systems of Government! Adam and Eve were created under Divine Government; and all other members of the Adamic race were born under some form of government. All children are born under parental authority; and therefore no one is born with the right to absolute freedom.

The Father’s law of Independent Sovereign National Entities was not designed to create a system of government, but to provide justice under various types of government. The historical Biblical Evidence is established by the fact that the Hebrew people lived under various forms of government: patriarchal rule (cf. Gen. 12:1-50:26), executive rule (cf. Ex. 12:37-18:13), monarchical-republic rule (cf. Ex. 18:13-Josh. 24:33), tribal confederation rule (cf. Judg. 1:1-I Sam. 8:22), and monarchical rule (cf. I Sam. 9:1-II Chron. 36:23). The issue is always how much freedom the rulers allow their citizens; and how much responsibility their citizens are willing to take in regard to individuality, marriage, and family life. We remind you that The Law of the Constancy of Inter-Organismic Power is that "In any age, the amount of power in a State-system is constant, and if one organic unit is diminished in power, another unit, or other units are increased in power by the same amount" (Francis P. Yockey). The issue is not sovereignty but power sharing.

Until the early 1960s there existed in the U.S. a fairly stable consensus on the underlying values of our society. The foremost social institution was the family. Church or synagogue attendance and membership were, by the standards of any nation, extremely high. The country had serious social problems, but resolving them did not seem beyond the powers of men.

—Jesse Helms, Forward—The Reconstruction of the Republic (1977)

The issue that every Christian needs to understand is that government is not a believer’s ultimate authority; because we are directly answerable to the Lord Jesus Christ (cf. Col. 1:18 with Acts 5:29).

The supremacy of reason and justice is the supremacy of law and order. So we can comprehend right and wrong, God has given to us a conscience.

Law is organized justice...When justice is organized by law—that is by force—this excludes the idea of using law (force) to organize human activity whatever, whether it be labor, charity, agricultural, commerce, industry, education, art, or religion. The organizing by law of anyone of these would inevitably destroy the essential organization—justice. For truly, how can we imagine force being used against liberty of citizens without its use being used against justice, and thus acting against its proper purpose?

—Frederic Bastiat, The Law (1853—Dean Russell translation—1950)

Authority in the national entity resides in local, state, and national government. Since everyone has the right to pursue a course of action within the confines of law, government must assure freedom and privacy to its entire constituency. This is the only kind of ‘equality’ that a government can ever provide.

—Robert B. Thieme, Jr., Divine Establishment (1975)

The concept of nations was designed by God and is therefore a moral institution with a responsibility before God to function in accord with righteousness and justice or face the judgment of God (cf. Hosea 4:1-19; Jonah 1:1, 2; Gen. 18:17-29 with Ps. 9:7).

No polity can be devised which shall perpetuate freedom among a people that are dead to honour and integrity. Liberty and virtue are twin sisters, and the best fabric in the world, however ingeniously framed, and curiously balanced, can be no security against the corroding influence of bad faith. Perfidy is always weakness; and a government whose basis is the faith of treaties must inevitably perish before it. The combination of the federal principle with the sovereignty of States is the only arrangement which can maintain free institutions upon a broad scale.

—James H. Thornwell, Sermon on National Sins (1860)

For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another.

Romans 2:13-15 KJV

God created man in His own image (cf. Gen. 1:26, 27). All of God’s works are righteous (cf. Ps. 145:17; Dan. 9:14). Therefore, God cannot be the author of sin and evil (cf. Jam. 1:13). Therefore, man was created to be a moral being. Since God is holy (cf. Ps. 99:5, 9), His very nature would not have allowed Him to create man as an immoral or amoral being. God is the author of marriage (cf. Gen. 2:18-25). Therefore, marriage is a moral institution. God is the author of family (cf. Gen. 1:28; 4:1). Therefore, family is a moral institution. God is the author of nations (cf. Genesis 10:2, 5, 20, 31, 32; Deut. 32:8). Therefore, nations are moral institutions.

All obedience to civil authority is limited by the higher allegiance due to God its author.” To imagine otherwise is to annihilate, by the law of God, its own authority and sanctions. All right subjection to civil rule regards it as the creature of God, but no more. It surely does not give it God’s place. Indeed nothing can be more absurd that the notion that ‘conscience’ which also sees God as supreme in His claims and power, should for a moment substitute any ‘lower law’ for His. This would be to deny its own nature—to act in direct opposition to the very law of its being.

—James M. Wilson, The Establishment and Limits of Civil Government (1853)

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.

Romans 13:1, 5 KJV

As believers living in the United States of America, we are subject to Constitutional law; but this does not say that we are subject to any law which violates the divine establishment moral principles of individuality (personal freedom), marriage, family, and independent sovereign national entities.

There is a very common mistake that many people make when they consider Romans 13:1-7. They fail to recognize that those verses come from the perspective of a government operating properly as a minister of God for good and the people’s responsibility to submit to it. To apply the submission of those verses to a government that has become tyrannical and a minister of Satan for evil is a gross misapplication.

—Mike Smith, Sermon on Christians, Government, and Romans 13 (Aug. 22, 2010)

Since then your Majesty and your lordships desire a simple reply, I will answer without horns and without teeth. Unless I am convinced by Scripture and by plain reason—I do not accept the authority of popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other—my conscience is captive to the Word of God, I cannot and I will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. God help me. Amen

—Martin Luther to the Emperor at the Diet of Worms, Here I Stand Speech (1521)

That the Constitution of the United States established the basis for the rights of conscience was not an accident. The framers of that important document were well aware of the bloody history in the struggle for religious liberty experienced by many of their European ancestors. As I previously implied, religious liberty and the rights of conscience are like Siamese twins inseparably joined at the hip.

—Ron Merryman, The Protection of Conscience: The Bible; The Government (2009)

One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.

Romans 14:5 KJV

God has created every person with conscience that should be free from any kind of coercion whether by peer pressure, policies of civil authorities, or even practices within church and religious organizations.

—Charles A. Clough, Forward: The Protection of Conscience: The Bible; The Government (2009)

Contextual Analysis Reveals: Romans 13:1-7/ places an emphasis upon the believer’s obedience in accord with his conscience. Romans 14:23 establishes the fact that if believer does anything that violates his conscience it is a sin. Therefore, it is a sin for a believer to obey a governmental mandate (i.e. law) that violates the moral norms and standards of his conscience. When a believer understands right and wrong, when they do not do what is right, it is a sin of omission (cf. Jam. 4:17).

If it is true that the Laws of Divine Establishment for Temporal Living in the Material World created four moral institutions (individuality, marriage, family, and independent sovereign nations); and it is true, then every man has a duty to utilize absolute moral standards of ethics and not situation ethics in regard to each one of them. Since the institution of marriage (consists of one man and one woman in union), is a moral institution, then the husband and the wife have a duty to be moral in their marriage relationship. Since the institution of family (consisting of the husband, the wife and a child or children, is a moral institution), then the father and the mother have a duty to be in moral in their family relations. Since the institution of an independent sovereign nation is a moral institution, then its citizens have a duty to be moral in their relationship to their country and to their fellow citizens. This means that those who hold governmental power are to utilize moral norms and standards in their role of government. The Father has authorized governmental law to provide justice to all by providing equality under the law. The issue is not lifestyle equality, but justice equality!

Man’s natural liberty is this: privilege of having and doing those things only to which the individual has a moral right.

—Robert L. Dabney, The Practical Philosophy (1897)

As believers, we are commanded to know and to apply the entire Word of God (cf. II Tim. 3:16, 17 with Deut. 29:29; Acts 20:27 cf. Matt. 4:4; Lu. 4:4). As soldiers in Christ’s spiritual army, we have a duty to stand firm and defend the Word of God (cf. II Tim. 2:3, 4; Eph. 6:10-18; I Tim. 1:18; with Jude 1:3; I Tim. 6:12; II Tim. 1:13; 4:7). To defend the “whole counsel of God”, we must defend not only the Gospel and spiritual life truth; but we must also defend the Divine Institutions of Individuality Freedom, Marriage Freedom (one man and one woman in unity), Family Freedom (father, mother, and child), and Sovereign Independent Free Nations.

This law of nature, being co-eval with mankind and dictated by God Himself, is of course superior in obligation to any other. It is binding over all the globe, in all countries; and such of them as are valid derive all their force, and all their authority, mediately or immediately, from this original.

—William Blackstone, Of the Nature of Laws in General (1765)

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.

Proverbs 3:5, 6

Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.

Jeremiah 17:5 KJV

If the Federal Government may enforce one unconstitutional law, it may enforce every unconstitutional law, and thus all the rights of the States and the people may fall one by one, before the omnipotence of that government.

—Judge Abel P. Upshur, Nullification, Why the Critics Are All Wrong (1833)

As believers, we must learn to use the brain that God the Father has given to us. He has placed within the mentality of the human soul, the ability to reason and think for ourselves. The problem is that too few believers have an in-depth working knowledge of the Word of God and an understanding of American history. When the Declaration of Independence was written in 1776, unlike in England, the thirteen American Colonies had one hundred and fifty plus years of personal freedom and religious liberty. Where it was limited in one geographical place, it was available not far away; and the frontier was wide-open for those who had the courage to venture into it. Some of our citizens place their faith in the legislative, some in the executive, and others in the judiciary. Our faith should be in God!

I have great respect for the Judiciary of every country, but no lawyer or historian can tell, in what age or in what country, the Judiciary have ever been able, even where it was willing, to protect the rights of the people against the usurpations of Government.

—Littleton Waller Tazewell, Judges Are Human Beings, Not Gods (1833)

Revolution against authority is not the same as war against tyranny.

—Robert B. Thieme, Jr., Laws of Divine Establishment (1973)

Believers are citizens of heaven (cf. Phil. 3:20). Believers are citizens of a nation. We are not called to be revolutionaries against authority. We are called to fight against tyranny. Our weapons are not carnal but spiritual. Our ammunition is the Gospel to the unsaved and Bible Doctrine to the saved (cf. John 8:31, 32). The Laws of Divine Establishment teaches individuality, marriage, family, and national freedom!

The Laws of Divine Establishment Lesson IV