THE NATIONAL REFORM ASSOCIATION : PROS AND CONS
The National Reform Association has done a noble service in calling for explicitly Christian government in the United States. Here is an example of its argument (see http://www.natreformassn.org/statesman/98/polcompr.html), written by Mr. Einwechter:
"The Antidote to Evangelical
"In their advocacy of democratic pluralism and natural law, evangelicals have deeply compromised the Christian message to the political sphere. Instead of the lordship of Christ over the politics of the nation they preach the virtues of democratic pluralism, which is nothing else than the virtue of a religiously neutral state that grants every false religion and cult, and every anti-Christian philosophy full participation in the political process. Instead of the authority of biblical law to determine justice in civil affairs, they proclaim the authority of human reason to discern eternally valid principles of
justice. There is nothing explicitly Christian about their fundamental political philosophy at all; it is the surrender of biblical truth and God's covenant in history for a mess of pluralistic pottage...."
"...Instead of democratic pluralism and natural law, Christians must advocate the crown rights of Jesus Christ in the political sphere. By virtue of his death, resurrection, and ascension to the right hand of God the Father, Jesus Christ is now Lord of all in heaven and earth (Ps. 110:1-2; Dan. 7:13-14; Acts 2:33-36; Phil. 2:9; Rev. 2:27; 12:5). The risen Christ has been granted dominion over all the nations; they are his inheritance, and he has been commissioned by his Father to bring these rebellious nations into submission to his reign (Ps. 2:4-9). He is King of kings and Lord of lords (Rev. 17:14; 19:16), the
Prince of the kings of the earth (Rev. 1:5), and all kings and rulers are commanded to bow before him and confess him as their Sovereign and serve him and promote his kingdom in their capacity as civil rulers (Ps. 2:10-12; Phil. 2:9-11). As Sovereign, his law-word must be the basis for civil law (Matt. 5:17-19; 28:20)…”
Yet, the National Reform Association is wrong in some of the following respects:
1. They are wrong in their rejection of the Establishment Principle. An example of their argument is Mr Einwechter's article at http://www.natreformassn.org/statesman/99/lordsep.html, where he
says: "The establishment principle also comes up short in that it goes beyond the duty of the state to confess its submission to Christ, and requires the state to differentiate between Christian denominations, and to intrude into matters that belong exclusively to the sphere of the church (i.e., matters relating to the fine points of doctrine, practice, and worship). The doctrine of the lordship of Christ leads to the position of national confessionalism."
In truth, national
confessionalism without church establishment, while an improvement over the US
Constitution, amounts to nominalism. The Pope, Steve Schlissel, and I all
claim to be Christian, but
there are important points of doctrine and worship where we differ. That which scripture clearly teaches should not be relegated to the realm of “fine points of doctrine, practice, and worship”.
2. Given its efforts to create a coalition of diverse elements, the National Reform Association applies a subtle pressure to tone down on doctrinal issues such as the Regulative Principle of Worship, that are regarded as "divisive".
3. Romanists like Pat Buchanan are invited to speak before the National Reform Association (as they are with the Constitution Party as well). This is because the Association envisions a political coalition of Protestants and Catholics.
4. Men in the National Reform Association, though generally seeing the flaw in the US Constitution, generally approve of the American Revolution.
In truth, America was far better
off during its colonial era under a Protestant king and with established
Protestant churches than with the establishment of the United States. And the revolutionists used a sinful means
to attain their end.
5. Practically speaking, in a US Christian government where Rome is a part, Rome will ultimately dominate. The National Reform Association fails to understand this.