Abnormally Normal. PBC Sermon Series. CHOOSING ALLEGIANCE. Matthew 22:15–22
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15Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. 16They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth.
You aren’t swayed by men, because you pay no attention to who they are. 17Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”
18But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me?
19 who they are. Show me the coin used for paying the tax.”
They brought him a denarius, 20and he asked them, “Whose portrait is this? And whose inscription?”
21“Caesar’s,” they replied.
Then he said to them, who they are. “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”
22When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.
The CHURCH is the whole company of those who have been redeemed by Jesus Christ and regenerated by the Holy Spirit. The local church, being a manifestation of the universal church, is a community of believers in a particular place where the Word of God is preached and observed.
It is fully autonomous and remains so , notwithstanding responsibilities it may accept by voluntary association.
The responsibilities it may accept by voluntary association.STATE is responsible for administering justice, ensuring an orderly community and promoting the welfare of its citizens. The CHURCH is responsible for preaching the Gospel and for demonstrating and making known God’s will and care for all mankind.
Acts 18:12–17 responsibilities it may accept by voluntary association.
12While Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews made a united attack on Paul and brought him into court. 13“This man,” they charged, “is persuading the people to worship God in ways contrary to the law.”
14 responsibilities it may accept by voluntary association.Just as Paul was about to speak, Gallio said to the Jews, “If you Jews were making a complaint about some misdemeanor or serious crime, it would be reasonable for me to listen to you. 15But since it involves questions about words and names and your own law—
settle the matter yourselves. I will not be a judge of such things.” 16So he had them ejected from the court. 17Then they all turned on Sosthenes the synagogue ruler and beat him in front of the court. But Gallio showed no concern whatever.
THE PROBLEM things.” ARISES WHEN THERE IS A CLASH OF LOYALTIES
CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE BASED ON CONSCIENTIOUS OBEDIENCE TO THE WORD OF GOD MAY YET BE FORCED UPON US
Acts 4:18–22 WORD OF GOD MAY
18Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19But Peter and John replied, “Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God. 20For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”
21 WORD OF GOD MAY After further threats they let them go. They could not decide how to punish them, because all the people were praising God for what had happened. 22For the man who was miraculously healed was over forty years old.
Acts 4:29–30 WORD OF GOD MAY
29Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. 30Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
Acts 4:31 WORD OF GOD MAY
31After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
The principle of the SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE is that, in the providence of God, the two differ in their respective natures and functions. The Church is not be identified with the state, nor is it, in its faith or practice, to be directed or controlled by the State.
The State is responsible for administering justice, ensuring an orderly community and promoting the welfare of its citizens. The Church is responsible for preaching the Gospel and for demonstrating and making known God’s will and care for all mankind.