The Myth of the Separation of Church and State: What The Bible Says About Voting

Learn what will happen during the tribulation period from beginning to end

To Get Up To The Minute Prophecy Updates & Alerts

click here and type "add" in the subject line.

Be sure to check out our prophecy page for all the latest updates. You may click on the link below to find out what will happen during the tribulation period in chronological order.

Your comments and questions are always welcome. To send comments and questions please click here to go to our main page.

July 6, 2004

Today we live in a liberal society that has convinced the church that its four walls are exempt from politics or the endorsing of a candidate.  

Of course, some of these liberals are church members who realize that God-fearing churches would never vote for or endorse their candidate so they have devised a plan to keep the church silent.  It always comes under the heading of some fabricated constitutional myth known as the separation of church and state.  Somehow they (liberals) have convinced American’s that the church has no business educating or influencing their members on how to vote for God’s candidate and even declares that the U.S. constitution forbids it.  This couldn’t be further from the truth.  Take a look at this excerpt taken from an article entitled “The Myth of the Separation of Church and State”. 

“Anytime religion is mentioned within the confines of government today people cry, "Separation of Church and State".  Many people think this statement appears in the first amendment of the U.S. Constitution and therefore must be strictly enforced.  However, the words: "separation", "church", and "state" do not even appear in the first amendment.  The first amendment reads, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..."  The statement about a wall of separation between church and state was made in a letter on January 1, 1802, by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptist Association of Connecticut.  The congregation heard a widespread rumor that the Congregationalists, another denomination, were to become the national religion.  This was very alarming to people who knew about religious persecution in England by the state established church.  Jefferson made it clear in his letter to the Danbury Congregation that the separation was to be that government would not establish a national religion or dictate to men how to worship God.  Jefferson's letter from which the phrase "separation of church and state" was taken affirmed first amendment rights.” (The Myth of the Separation of Church and State) 

The truth is, the first amendment was written to keep government from dictating to the church as it did in England.  It should be understood that this was a one directional amendment, meaning that government was not to influence or control religion, but never was it meant that religion was not to influence government.  If that were the case, we would have never allowed prayer in sessions of congress or the phrase “In God We Trust” on our money.  The church was meant to influence government and has always done so throughout history.   This is a truth the liberals would like to keep hidden in the old outdated history books, but those of you who grew up in the 1930s, 40s and 50s know better.  Yes, there was a time when the Lord was very influential in our nation’s decisions.  Take a look at the above article and read it in its entirety.  It’ll open your eyes to the truth of how the first amendment was really suppose to be interpreted.  

The Bible has very little to say directly about how a Christian should vote, but the principles of leadership selection are prevalent throughout the Bible.  

If there were ever a Biblical mandate for leaders around the world it would be summarized in these two verses: 

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. “ II Chronicles 7:14 

“Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people. “ Proverbs 14:34 

If your main criterion for voting for a candidate (at any level) is to put yourself in a supposed better financial situation you’re not following God’s guidelines for leadership selection.  Besides, no leader of a democracy has that much power.   

If we look in the Bible, we will see that God made a point that He blessed and cursed nations based on the conduct and spiritual obedience of their leaders (Belshazzar-Daniel 5, King of Nineveh-Jonah 3, etc.).  

So as a Christian voter your first priority is to the Lord.  That means you are to vote for the man or woman that will put into place the laws that will put us in a position to be blessed of the Lord.   

Here’s a bit of advice for selecting good candidates.  Every time I vote I always consult my local Right To Life chapter to get a copy of their voter’s guide.  They always have a listing of local, regional and national candidates and their stand on abortion.  Other Christian organizations do this as well.  Any candidate that is not pro-life or supports gay marriage is immediately eliminated.   

You may ask, “Why would you vote this way?”  Because I want to put men and women in office that will put our nation in a position to be blessed of God.  But isn’t there other things to consider such as the issues and experience of the candidate.  Sure, but these are the top two national sins that we know will destroy our nation and cannot be permitted to continue.  Besides, it narrows the field dramatically and then allows me to look at the issues if necessary.  

We must make priority number one (before social programs or economic prosperity) to get our country back to the position of repentance something Hollywood or the liberals know little of.  Before that is done God cannot heal our land.  Yes, we may see periods of prosperity as evidence in the mid-1990s, but we’ll never be blessed of God until we turn 180 degrees and repent. 

This all starts with electing leaders that can place in position God fearing judges that can change the course of our nation and reverse the sins of our past and possible future. 

If you are not registered to vote I would encourage you to get registered today.  We as Christians need to be heard at all levels of office.

Pastor Malone

Back To Previous Page

Back To Home Page