What are the First Principles?
by James R. Beller
What are the "First Principles?"
Baptists (independents, for the most part) in America are beginning to see that their association with the religious right is damaging to their own principles and identity. In fact, Baptist identity has largely been destroyed and needs to be restored.
The influence of the catholic Reformed is evident in the Baptist educational system, that is, in Christian day schools, home schools and colleges. Their influence began in the foundational stage of the Baptist school movement (1970-1985) and explains the obstruction of Baptist heritage in the most popular text books available to Baptist Christian school children.
The Catholic and catholic Reformed have the wrong set of principles. And Baptist Christians should not be living under them.
First principles may be divided into three categories: the Home, the Church, and Civil Government.
BAPTIST CHRISTIAN FIRST PRINCIPLES OF THE HOME
1. The home was instituted before the fall of man in the Garden of Eden. The author was Jehovah God. The leader of the home is the husband and father.
2. In the beginning, sin entered into the home through Eve first and then Adam, casting them from their predestined state. From that point on, man became lost, fallen from God, and in need of redemption.
3. God promised redemption to Adam and Eve through a sacrifice for sin. From this time to the time of Christ, fathers performed illustrative sacrifices of the future sacrifice of Jesus.
4. Jesus Christ fulfilled the promise made to Adam and Eve by his sacrifice on the cross and resurrection.
5. The father's leadership in salvation, devotion and consecration is the single greatest factor in leading the family to salvation and service to God.
6. The home is comprised of individuals who must be born again (John 1:13). That is, they must submit themselves to Jesus Christ for salvation, and the Word of God for instruction. This instruction would include local church attendance and local church leadership.
BAPTIST CHRISTIAN FIRST PRINCIPLES OF THE CHURCH
1. The Church is comprised of local assemblies.
2. Local assemblies are the pillar and ground of the truth. As such, they preach the Gospel, baptize, distribute God's Word, and affect culture by the salient influences of converted men and women.
3. The book of Galatians reveals two distinct covenants: The Abrahamic Covenant of Promise, and the Mosaic conditional Covenant with the nation of Israel. The Abrahamic is the promise of redemption for individuals. It was fulfilled by Jesus Christ, but did not do away with the Mosaic covenant with Israel, as God is not yet finished with Israel.
4. The church (local) is a "garden enclosed," the virgin bride of Christ, and is not to be violated by the world or infiltrated by the world. She is to be separate from the affairs of the state (world), although her individual members are to affect civil government by their character and principles (salt).
5. Believers await the imminent return of Jesus Christ and the first resurrection. Only then will the churches become "The Church."
BAPTIST CHRISTIAN FIRST PRINCIPLES OF CIVIL GOVERNMENT
1.God sets up nations and has a timetable for them.
Acts 17:26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
2. Nations are comprised of individuals. God's warnings are to individuals.
For the lost: Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
For the saved: Romans 14:11-12 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
3. Civil governments and local churches are separate governments. The civil government is not to infringe on local church affairs.
4. A nation is "Christian" only if Christians are in it and affect it. Converted persons are to form and influence civil government.
5. The "Liberty of Conscience" is at the root of good government and gives access by all parties to the people for free discourse of the Gospel .
6. Republics cannot survive without revivals of true religion.
7. Civil government exists as a "compact," between human beings. It's example is NOT Israel, which existed under a "covenant" directly with God. God never commanded His church(es) to form such civil governments.
8. The Declaration of Independence (the founders) and the Constitution of the United States with the Bill of Rights (the framers) give an example of a Baptist Christian form of civil government.
9. The best way to fix the nation is to use its foundation and frame, not change it.
FIRST PRINCIPLES OF AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AS FOUND IN THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
Even a casual look at the Declaration of Independence, in context with it's history will reveal it to be a product of dissenter and Baptist thought. Jefferson laid the principles as follows:
1. All men are created equal
2. They are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.
3. These basic rights are: Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
4. Governments are to be instituted among men to secure these rights.
5. Governments derive their just power from the consent of the governed.
6. The people may alter or abolish the government if it destroys these stated principles.
It was a monumental piece of paper my friends, but you will have to be familiar with the history behind the Declaration to truly understand its weight, power and significance. This is something not only every Baptist Christian school kid should learn, but every American and every person wishing to become a citizen. For details on the True History of American Liberty, click here.
Typically, the catholic Reformed, do not agree with these principles. The Reformed are extremely vocal, and have a practical monopoly on ideas in educational and political circles. A typical Reformed website is "The National Reform Association". Their main page has a link to the article "The Basic Principles of Christian Political Science," by David McAllister. The Reformed basic principles are:
a) The nation is a collective being, with moral character and accountability, directly responsible to the Author of its existence, God Himself.
b) As such a moral being, a true moral person, it is under the moral law of the Supreme Ruler of nations, which includes both the law of nature and the Revealed Will of God.
c) The necessary aims of national life compel the nation, in its own proper sphere, as distinct from that of the church, to have regard to the moral laws of the Christian religion, and to base its actions upon these or set itself against them.
d) The written constitution of a nation to which Providence has given an unwritten and vital Christian Constitution, should correspond, in explicit terms, to that which it is designed to express and authenticate; and the Christian principles which are fundamental to the nation's life should be embodied in fundamental law as the supreme rule, under God, of the government which the nation establishes as its agent.
e) Christianity, as "the perfect law of liberty" for nations as well as individuals, can infringe on no man's rights of conscience. In being true to this law, the nation (ie: not the individual) best preserves its own rights and liberties, and those of all its citizens and subjects. http://www.natreformassn.org/purpose.html
If you wonder what the National Reform Association proposes about the civil government of the United States, they write:
"Jesus Christ is Lord in all aspects of life, including civil government. Jesus Christ is, therefore, the Ruler of Nations, and should be explicitly confessed as such in any constitutional documents."
While this may sound like a good idea, it involves changing the Constitution. Believe me, they would change it without the voice of the Baptized believers fighting for the Liberty of Conscience. The catholic Reformed were instrumental in silencing Baptist testimony from Christian school textbooks and they hope we will fade into obscurity.
Mark this: The Reformed do not believe in the Liberty of Conscience. Don't let them lie their way out of it. They adhere to Samuel Rutherford's tyranny in his Pretended Liberty of Conscience.
We are in for a real battle if we are to preserve our vital principles.
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