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Then [Jesus] said to them all, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it. (Luke 9:23-24, HCSB)

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Monday, June 05, 2017

Samuel Renihan on Government's Responsibility According to the Noahic Covenant vs. Legal Abortion and the Erosion of Marriage

On Sunday, 11/29/15, at Trinity Reformed Baptist Church, Samuel Renihan preached a sermon on the Noahic Covenant from Genesis 9. The entire sermon may be heard HERE. In the section transcribed below, Renihan applies the commands/principles of the Noahic Covenant to human government, and he explains how current laws/practices concerning abortion and the erosion of marriage in our society violate the proper purpose of government. (The understanding of government positively represented below is consistent with the biblical understanding of government articulated by David Noebel in Understanding the Times, which each upper grades student must study at Sayers Classical Academy, where I work.)

"According to God's Word in the Noahic Covenant, which applies to all mankind, government's (or the collective social) responsibility is to promote life and the family. Mankind is to 'be fruitful and multiply' (that's the family); society (man looking out for man) should promote this fruitfulness and multiplication, and as a result, any government that corrupts the family or murders the innocent is a government in direct treason and disobedience to the God of the universe. They are abusing the sword entrusted to them by turning it on the innocent rather than the unrighteous.

"Now, you know what I'm going to say. There is not a more poignant, convicting, and blatantly convicting example of this rebellion in our society than the active, government-funded, government supported legal status and pursuit and protection of abortion. Is there anything more contrary to mankind's basic commission to 'be fruitful and multiply' than to murder our own children and to protect murder by law? Is there anything more insane than to murder children?

"[Our society has effectively said,] 'Okay, we are to be fruitful and multiply and to kill those who murder, so let's kill our children and protect the ones who do it.' That is high treason against God.

"The American promotion of abortion (well really, it's a global promotion of abortion) and the recent erosion and destruction of marriage (first through 'no-fault divorce,' and second through 'homosexual marriage') are high treachery and bold-faced rejection of one of the most basic duties of all mankind. Don't let abortion and marriage become political party issues. It's a mankind issue. It's a social issue. It's a 'love your neighbor' issue. It's an issue common to all societies and all peoples.

"In America, we have a common Constitution by which we are all to live (in case you didn't know), but there is a more fundamental constitution by which we are all to live, and that's the Noahic Covenant governing the common kingdom of mankind. Don't say, 'Oh, I'm pro-this or pro-that, because I'm Republican or Democrat or some other thing.' It's a mankind issue; it's not a party issue. As a society, as human beings, we must promote, preserve, and protect the life of individuals and the family. Those are our most basic commitments, and (as a result) we (society) must punish the wicked, we must put to death murderers, and we must seek (with God's help, brothers and sisters) to manifest real, loving, thriving families in our own homes.... 

"We need to show God's love in our families and in our lives."

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