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The Separation of Church and State

The Urban Alternative / Tony Evans, PhD
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October 8, 2020 8:00 am

The Separation of Church and State

The Urban Alternative / Tony Evans, PhD

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October 8, 2020 8:00 am

The world wants to convince Christians that religion ought to be so private that it becomes invisible. In this lesson, join Dr. Tony Evans as he brings us the other side of that debate in this biblical look at an issue some people think is only political.

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God is not against government. God established government, but he didn't establish it to compete with him. Our Constitution says the government can't institute religion, but Dr. Tony Evans says that doesn't mean the two can't cooperate. The goal of government is to act on God's behalf in promoting good and limiting evil. This is The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, author, speaker, senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, Texas, and president of The Urban Alternative. The world keeps trying to convince Christians that religion ought to be so private that it doesn't show up in public or even have any influence there. Today, Dr. Evans will take a look at the other side of that debate. Let's join him.

We've all grown up saying it over and over and over and over and over again. I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God. The question that we want to raise today or speak to today is not the question of do religion and politics mix. That's not the question.

The question is how do they mix? Now, you know something is wrong when the Church of Jesus Christ is divided along political lines. If the Church of Jesus Christ allows politics to bring about a division, and it has, and that's why 11 o'clock on Sunday morning is probably still the most segregated hour in America, because political expediency often overrides the kingdom of God. Ezekiel is addressing a problem, and that is the departure of the glory of the Lord. The glory of the Lord has taken flight. God's presence was no longer being experienced in the society. God had distanced himself from his people. In chapter 43, the glory of the Lord is about to return, and Ezekiel, in his vision, is reciting the return of the glory of the Lord, but in reciting the return of the glory of the Lord, he also recites why the glory of the Lord left. And in reciting the glory of the Lord leaving the temple, which meant leaving the culture, he makes a very interesting statement in verses 7 through 9. He said to me, Son of Man, this is the place of my throne and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell among the sons of Israel forever, and the house of Israel will not again defile my holy name, neither they nor their kings, by their harlotry and by their corpses of their kings when they die.

How did they do this? Verse 8, by setting their threshold by my threshold, and their doorpost beside my doorpost, with only the wall between me and them, and they have defiled my holy name by the abominations which they have committed, so I have consumed them in my anger. God says that the human kings, which was the government in biblical days, the human kings were allowed to put their throne next to his throne. In other words, government was allowed to intrude on the rule of God. Government was allowed to get so close to God that there were two thrones in God's house. There was the throne of the government, and the