How the seed of local self-government is planted (Part II)

 “The government of the United States is acknowledged by the wise and good of other nations, to be the most free, impartial, and righteous government of the world; …. for such a government to be sustained many years, the principles of truth and righteousness, taught in the Holy Scriptures, must be practiced. The rulers must govern in the fear of God, and the people obey the laws.” 2

The external threat to our nation will never be so great as the challenge within. That challenge is a challenge to the integrity of individual Christian self-government. 

Teach the Children:

  • Being controlled externally is not the same as learning to accept God’s authority to govern our hearts, our feelings, our thoughts, and our actions to be in the will of God. 
  • The external authority of parents and teachers will grow less as we become more and more responsible for what we do by accepting God’s authority.
  • Socialism’s government is the external control of the parts, as opposed to the American Christian’s obligation to internal individual control. 3

In Romans 7:22–23, Paul writes:

“For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.”

“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.”

Romans 8:2

2 Slater, R. J., & Hall, V. M. (1975). Teaching and Learning America’s Christian History (American Revolution Bicentennial ed., p. 250). San Francisco: The Foundation for American Christian Education.
3 Slater, R. J., & Hall, V. M. (1975). Teaching and Learning America’s Christian History (American Revolution Bicentennial ed., p. 187). San Francisco: The Foundation for American Christian Education.

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