It was the medieval and ancient times that man regarded the king to be God, or a god. This was the foundation of the Greek myths. It was evidenced in the Bible in the account of Nimrod. The Bible does not go into details of the life of Nimrod, only to mention he was a mighty hunter and established at least eight major cities including Babylon and Ninevah. The secular accounts tell of his gruesome battles and victories and that he was considered to be a god. It was in this mindset that he set about to prevent the people from fulfilling their mandate from God to create urban sprawl and rounded them up to build the Tower of Babel to commemorate and celebrate the accomplishments of man.
King Herod and mere puppet for Caesar considered himself to be a god and did not silence the people when they worshiped him. The Bible tells us, in chapter twelve of Acts, when he accepted the praise of man and failed to give glory to God, he was struck down and immediately eaten by worms and died.
In America, the land of the free and home of the brave, we have become overrun by bureaucrats. Many of them believe themselves to be gods. In fact, they hold the power of God over a man’s life and business. Even many bureaucrats who profess to be Christian, have no fear of God but continue to build empires and despise their brothers’ freedoms.
Last April, speaking in Turkey, President Obama declared to his audience and the whole world that America, whose foundation is firmly rooted in the laws of the Bible, is no longer Christian. There are many Christians who agree with him, claiming we live in a post-Christian age. My friend, this is a myth. For never in the history of the United States of America has the population been truly Christian. What determines whether we are a Christian nation are our founding documents. The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States (as written) has not changed. By that measure, we are still firmly Christian.
What Obama actually told the world was, “We do not consider ourselves Christian.” Here is the leader of our nation, presumably speaking for the American people and affirming we are no longer Christian. Granted, by polling, it appears those who claim to be Christian is down to somewhere in the high sixty to low seventy percentile. Even though the majority of our nation are not true Christian, yet still the majority claims to be. So, how is it he can say this and get away with it? Even more, declaring we are the largest Muslim nation in the world, thus changing our national religion in the space of one speech?
On 07 May, President Obama refused to acknowledge the National Day of Prayer – an honor to God. But a few weeks later, he reserved an entire month for the celebration of Gay and Lesbian Pride – a dishonor to God. Within days of this event, Newsweek editor Evan Thomas declared on MSNBC Obama was above the people, above the world – he was a god. Actually worse. He said, “he’s sort of God.” Not just a god, or a man-god as were the early kings. Now he is on equal footing with God, Himself.
The early kings believed they were above the law and above the church. From the time of Christ, there was never a secular document to refute this until 15 June 1215 when the nobles of England confronted King John and forces him to acknowledge the law and God-given rights. This document, the Magna Charta, underwent much misinterpretation and abuse by kings that followed, much as our Constitution does today. But the document was never forgotten and it was used at many times to raise up the law and/or the people to curb tyranny, be it ever so temporary.
It was the Calvinists that firmly delineated the separation of the king’s law and the supremacy of God’s law. This is the heritage that followed most the early settlers, save the Puritans who clung to the state church. This is our heritage: the rightly dividing of the Word of Truth to understand that God reigns above all and that His church does not submit to any government, including any 501(C)(3). We are losing that heritage because our ministers will not stand up to the king. They long for the praise of men and they have thrown off doctrine and replaced it with tolerance and therapy.
Now we have a president, who is king, who is god.
My late friend, Otto Scott, wrote a book entitled “The Great Christian Revolution” (1994). He recounts a similar time to today in England. It was during the reign of King James, in the early sixteen hundreds.
“The King,” James said, “is above the law.” He asserted that kings were not only God’s “lieutenants upon earth, and sit upon God’s throne, but even by God himself are called gods.”
James relied on the Church of England to protect these claims, which reflected the politics of Spain, France and the Vatican. He did not understand that in England the common law competed against ecclesiastical law, and had done so for centuries. [Ed note: King James was raised in Scotland and was King James VI of Scotland before becoming King James I of England.]
Sir Edward Coke, Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas, did not believe that the courts of the Church should have greater power than the Common Courts of England. Therefore, when an appeal from a High Commission [Ed note: Church Court] ruling came before him, he decided that Parliament could review the High Commission’s behavior.
Although cowardly and depraved, James I was not stupid. As a child of the Scots revolution, he knew what could happen to a monarch whose agents were overruled. In early 1609, Coke’s habit of issuing “prohibitions” against High Commission rulings, fines and imprisonments led to a confrontation between the king, his bishops and the Chief Justice.
Coke cited the Magna Carta which, he said, gave the Courts of Common Law the right to provide justice “from highest to the lowest.”
James replied angrily that if he chose, he could dispense justice himself, because he “had reason and could judge.” Coke said the king could reason, but didn’t know the law. He also added the king was “under God and the law.”
At that James flew into a rage. The issue he thought buried forever, drilled into him by Buchanan, [Ed note: Buchanan was James' tutor] that had led his mother to death, had risen inside England and the citadels of his power.
Coke apologized; the bishops soothed the monarch, the meeting ended but nothing changed. The Court of Common Pleas continued to clip the High Commission; underground presses continued Puritan arguments and even irreligious men began to chafe at the presumption of a body legally charged with controlling their faith – and their minds.
This struggle has often been described in purely political terms. Yet the argument that the king is under the law was presented to the people of James’ time by the Calvinist Buchanan and his associates. It was a religious argument that marked the difference between Calvinists and Arminianism and Lutheranism, among others.
The struggle to determine who will rule over man – God or man, is the same struggle that has been going on from the beginning. Lord Acton said “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” This is even played out in the American experiment. There is always a reason for a new law and every new law means a legion of new bureaucrats. With legions of bureaucrats, our new president is not only attempting to rule our nation but even the whole world. He presumes by his oratory confidence and declarations that what he says will be so. He will tell us what we believe.
The media trumpets his decrees. The politicians cower before him. “Hail, Obama!”
Only one man will stand. The Christian who is committed to tolerance or therapy, or government solutions to mans’ problems will not stand against a tyrant. Only the man who stands on the word of God and fearlessly proclaims “the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men.” [Dan 4:25]
History repeats itself and it is repeating itself today. Where will you stand?