Church & Politics

Lesson 4: The New Apostolic Reformation

Lesson 4: The New Apostolic Reformation

This is probably the most extreme form of Christian nationalism. Like all the others, it assumes the church is under attack, and it calls for much more aggressive reaction. Christians must take over every area of society by replacing those presently in control with true believers. In fact, it claims this is necessary to pave […]

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Lesson 3: Christian Nationalism

Lesson 3: Christian Nationalism

The separation of church and state that historically has been a cherished principle of the USA is being severely threatened. The media pictures Church leaders laying hands on political candidates and popular pastors speaking prominently at campaign rallies. Election committees regard religious groups as critical voting blocks. Then Pew Foundation’s recent study of religion in […]

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Lesson 2: The History of Church and State

Lesson 2: The History of Church and State

If the Bible can pretty much be read as God’s Word speaking truth to human political power, Church history is more diverse. It offers a variety of relationships in different periods. Before  we examine what is going on in the present, it would be helpful to trace very quickly what went on in the past.  […]

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Lesson 1: The Bible is About Politics

Lesson 1: The Bible is About Politics

When I entered the ministry back in the early 1960s, pastors were warned not to get too political in the pulpit or they would lose their tax exemption. John Kennedy was elected president after promising his Catholic faith would not influence his politics. And everyone I knew tried to separate church and state. Then all […]

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