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Word for the World - July 24

  • 2020 Jul 24

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Separation of Church from State

Dr. Randy White

But when Paul was about to open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews, ‘If it were a matter of wrong or of vicious crime, O Jews, it would be reasonable for me to put up with you; but if there are questions about words and names and your own law, look after it yourselves; I am unwilling to be a judge of these matters.’” (Acts 18:14–15)

Gallio was the proconsul of Achaia—a government-appointed judge of matters in the region of Greece where Paul was ministering. He made a very wise judgment in the case of Paul who was taken to court because his worship was not in accordance with Jewish law. Gallio said, “I’m not going to touch that with a thirty-nine and a half-foot pole!”

The state has a role in “a matter of wrong or of vicious crime.” God has appointed government for such action. The government, however, has no God-given role in matters of religious doctrine. 

Around the world today, Christians and Jews are persecuted by the governments in the lands in which they live, mainly at the hands of Islamic regimes. Christians should stand firm in the United States to keep government out of religious decision-making. Christians should also stand firm in pressuring foreign governments to provide religious liberties for their citizens.

In His Grace,

Dr. Randy White

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