Principles of Government, Family and Church

God has ordained three distinct institutions – government (Rom. 13:1-5; Tit. 2:15; 1 Pt. 2:13-17), family (Gen. 1:26-28; Eph. 6:1), and church (1 Tim. 3:15; Heb. 13:17) – which should function in harmony with one another under the mediating authority of scripture (Dt. 6:6-9; Ac. 5:29; 2 Tim. 3:16), recognizing the soul liberty and priesthood of every believer (Rom. 14:12; 2 Cor. 5:10; 1 Jn. 2:27; Heb. 10:19-20; 1 Pt. 2:9; Rv. 1:6).

  • Governments are responsible to ensure public order, safety, and justice.
  • Families are responsible to serve God together, meet one another’s needs, procreate and prepare children for life (as God permits), and influence the world for God’s glory.
  • Churches are responsible to worship God, maintain pure doctrine, make disciples, meet one another’s spiritual and material needs, and represent God spiritually in the world at large.

Believers and churches must obey every ordinance of government, except those ordinances that contradict scripture (Pro. 14:34-35; Ac. 5:29; Lk. 20:25; 1 Tim. 2:1-2). Furthermore, churches must faithfully encourage and enable families to attend to their God-given family duties (1 Cor. 7:32-24; Eph. 5:22-6:4; Col. 3:18-21; Tit. 2:1-8; 1 Tim. 5:8). Likewise, families must faithfully participate with their church to accomplish the God-given mission of the church in this age (Mt. 10:34-39; 28:18-20; Ac. 2:42, 46; Heb. 10:24-25).

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