A Look at History by
Gary Ray Branscome
Those who are actively working to separate all Christian influence from government are undermining the very basis of free government and laying the foundation for tyranny. If you fail to see what I mean, ask yourself: What are rulers who tyrannize and enslave other than immoral rulers. And, what are rulers who take bribes, live above the law, punish the innocent, falsely accuse, rape, kill, or rob their citizens other than rulers who have only contempt for the Ten Commandments.
is full of examples that tell us what happens when rulers ignore the
“Thou shall not commit murder” and ”Thou
commit adultery”. Consider for instance the “Rape of Nanking”
Japanese began their killing spree with the
execution of ninety thousand captured Chinese soldiers… These men were
to death, hung by their tongues, attacked by dogs, set ablaze,
buried alive, and beheaded. Next civilians were shot at random… Those
acts were a mere prelude to what became of the women of
If you think that such behavior was an aberration not sanctioned by government, think again, for that was not the case at all. Consider the following quotes from pages 234 and 235 of the same book.
“Officers and enlisted men alike quickly learn that the Japanese do not honor the Geneva Conventions. POW’s are slaves; they work in coal mines, factories, and shipyards and on tropical plantations.”
“Soon the rest of the world will discover
Japanese leadership not only brutalizes captured soldiers but has also
the use of women in conquered territories as prostitutes for the
of Japanese troops. These innocent civilians are forced into sexual
“From the October Revolution
onward, Lenin had used repression against perceived enemies of the
as a systematic method of instilling fear and facilitating social
especially during the campaign commonly referred to as the Red Terror.
policy continued and intensified under Stalin, periods of heightened
including the deportation of kulaks who opposed collectivization, and a
famine in the
“Hundreds of thousands of victims were accused of various political crimes (espionage, wrecking, sabotage, anti-Soviet agitation, conspiracies to prepare uprisings and coups); they were quickly executed by shooting, or sent to the Gulag labor camps. Many died at the penal labor camps of starvation, disease, exposure, and overwork. Other methods of dispatching victims were used on an experimental basis. One secret policeman, for example, gassed people to death in batches in the back of a specially adapted airtight van.” [From Wikipedia, Stalin's "great purge".]
“An indication of the vast
scope of the Great Purge was the discovery, during the Second World
War, in Vinnytsia (
Amin Dada, who became known
as the 'Butcher of Uganda' for his brutal, despotic rule whilst
What I have said so far has to do only with the commandments forbidding murder, adultery, theft, false witness and covetousness. However, it is also just as important to freedom for rulers to respect the other commandments as well. Our freedom to worship God, respect His name, keep the Sabbath day holy, and train up our children according to the Word of God all have to do with the Ten Commandments. And, it is only when rulers respect those commandments that we are free to live “a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty” (1Tim. 2:2). The four pillars of dictatorship are 1- control of guns 2- control of religion 3- control of the press, and 4- control of education. And, throughout history rulers who had such control have used it to force those under their authority to worship false gods, force them to dishonor God’s name, punish them for worshipping God, and to turn Christian children against their parents and against the Christian faith.
“Saudi Arabian officials recently arrested 27 Christians—among them several women and children—for the crime of “conducting Christian prayers” and being “in possession of Bibles”.
“Authorities, the dreaded
“religious police,” proceeded to strip them of their visas and deport
When God delivered His people from government orchestrated murder and persecution in Egypt He provided them with a free government. And, His Word tells us that He does not want us to place any unbeliever (Deut. ), or anyone who does not respect His commandments (Deut. -20), in a position of power. Therefore, those who have allowed the phrase “separation of church and state” to be twisted to mean the opposite of what God’s Word clearly teaches are doing the devil’s work. When Luther called for separation of church and state he was speaking out against control of government by religious officials. He was speaking out against popes who lead armies and religious officials with the power to sentence anyone who disagreed with them to death. When early Baptists called for separation of church and state they were speaking out against rulers who controlled the church and hindered Christians in carrying out the great commission. However, today the phrase “separation of church and state” is being used to make atheism the de facto state religion.
the name of “separation of church and state”
you are one of those who imagine that what I have just described is
foreign to our American system you need to think again. The English
common law originated with King Alfred, whose legal code included the
Commandments along with other excerpts of Mosaic Law (871-899 A.D.).
laws of commerce, as codified by Rabbi Moses Ben Maimon,
later became the basis for much of English commercial law. The laws of