Protestantism is by Definition a Church-State
The American Protestant church is, and always has been a duck out of water. Protestant orthodoxy was formed under a church-state and was formulated for a church-state. Protestantism without the state to enforce its orthodoxy is half-pregnant Protestantism. When you see a duck waddling down the side of a road, you know where the duck is going—to a body of water. Likewise, Protestantism, wherever it is found, is always headed towards what fully defines it as a church-state. Protestantism without state authority is Protestant Light or better stated as a Protestant anomaly.
Regardless of all appearances and claims, the Protestant church has always been vying for a marriage with state authority because as the GEICO commercial states, “It’s what it does.” Ducks go to water because that’s what they do; Protestantism seeks state authority to enforce its orthodoxy because it always has been a church-state and always will be.
This necessarily requires the church to be an institution driven by authority and ownership of truth. It will claim that it presently represents God’s kingdom on earth and will be politically active in a major way. It will claim a mandate from God to take over every culture in every country with a “Christian worldview” and in case you have been on vacation from reality, this endeavor by the church is plainly evident.
However, the folly of this notion is also evident. Supposedly, God’s kingdom is presently on earth competing with all other kingdoms for world dominance rightly belonging to God. Really? While defining God as “sovereign” and “omnipotent,” supposedly, God has relegated His kingdom operation to halfwit reprobates functioning on cognitive dissonance. In contrast, the Bible makes it clear what happens when God brings His kingdom to earth; it’s game over because God is, in fact, sovereign and omnipotent. Hence, this present time is not about God’s kingdom being presently on earth, but a warning to people everywhere that God’s kingdom is coming and what they should be doing to prepare for it.
I have said it in many posts written previously: watch for it; the vying for state enforcement of Protestantism is coming because that’s what Protestantism is and what it does. In Alabama, the well-known Briarwood Presbyterian Church is seeking state approval of its own police agency accountable only to the Presbyterian Session. And incredibly, the request is making its way successfully through the legislative process.
The implications are profound. Right now, churches are being laughed out of court when they argue that secular courts have no authority over church in-house criminal activity. Churchians claim it to be a separation of church and state issue. However, Briarwood is asserting openly that this would, in fact, be the case: what happens in the church stays in the church and is not the business of secular law enforcement. All investigations would be under the authority of the Session and no one else. If Briarwood’s legislative project continues to be successful, for all practical purposes, huge megachurch campus networks that presently pepper the United Sates would become virtual city-states.
I contend that this is history repeating itself. As the religious landscape returns to the true 1st century picture, you will see an increased contention between the growing home fellowship movement and the institutional church—a contention that dominated the historical landscape between 70 AD and 350 AD. This will be the authoritative church institution versus the organized “household of faith.” It will be a unified body unleashing the potential of a collective priesthood of believers against the Protestant super-cult. Remember, ANY combination of faith and authority is by definition a cult. When Protestant elders claim authority and ownership of truth by proxy, they also proclaim themselves to be despots. Despite their claims of “leadership,” authority has no need to persuade anyone; if you don’t obey them, you will be arrested by the church police. As it is now, the “security personnel” at John MacArthur’s church in California will escort you to your car if you ask too many questions in Sunday school.
Obviously, it begs the question; if Briarwood succeeds, where will those indicted by the church police be held? As far as a court system, Presbyterianism already has that in place, it only lacks police enforcement. With its own traditional court system in place, and a police agency accountable only to the Session, how could state prisons be used legally to incarcerate those convicted by the church? A church prison system would have to follow.
For those of you who think this is all far-fetched, let’s discuss a little bit of metaphysical math 101. The founder of the Presbyterian church was who? Right, “John Calvin”…very good class. And during his rule over Geneva, Calvin had a what? Right, “police force”…very good class. Now, how often have we heard in the past that Calvin was a man of his time and the modern church would not necessarily invoke all his ideas? Well, all that’s left now is the building of the church prison system. And remember, the Calvin Institutes were written to a king which may be something to think about as well.
This is why I am focusing heavily this year on defining home fellowships; I have to believe there are many who will flee the church posthaste as things like this continue to unfold and they will need a place to go.
If you think there is tyranny in the church now, just wait till they get their own police force and penal system.