By Arthur Owiti
THE LAW COURTS AND LAW GIVERS
The Authority of a State is seen in the laws it makes and implements. The President of America cannot become the President of Japan because he is not authorized to do so by the laws of Japan.
Thus laws are a sign of authority in any given area of society. No wonder Jesus was hated by the Pharisees because they saw his teachings and doctrine as a threat to their authority since people followed him in large numbers, minimizing their authority.
Since the Pharisees were custodians of the Law they exercised authority over the Jewish people. Jesus teachings are God’s authority of which the Pharisees rejected evidenced by the arrest , trial and death of Jesus.
So authority is vested in whoever has the law and makes it.
THE CHURCH AND THE LAW OF MAN.
The early church was not part of the worldly court system. In fact the Apostle Paul strongly rebuked Christians who went to solve civil disputes at the secular law courts. It is true that it is a sign of carnality and immaturity and lack of wisdom, trait which cannot be found in the church.
However the enshrining of the Roman Catholic church led religion to a new pedestal of world power.
They set up law courts that dealt with religious issues and conflicts in the church order.
Though it may look as if the Roman church was following example Paul gave of church dealing with its issues internally, the Roman church was against the New Testament teachings by replacing God with Emperor, a mere man. The Romans church was legitimized by man because it chose to keep man as the highest authority yet God is the only authority of the church in Jesus Christ.
So from that time onwards the secular laws drew from Christian morality and other laws arose from what was deemed just and equitable though not necessarily arising form religion, Roman secular laws. Some Church leaders were judges in courts as the laws carried moral codes from the Bible.
The Church of England which broke away from the Roman Catholic church took up the position of state religion in England. It however also took up the Roman church’s system of canon law and church courts. The church also submitted itself to the higher power of man rejecting the real authority ,Jesus Christ.
Thus it submitted itself to the laws of man than God’s word alone.
Still the laws bore the same moral leaning though being liberal monarchy , England made very many new laws that shaped the so called common law of one judge against the civil law , Roman law of an inquiry made up of many judges.
ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH = STATE RELIGION = ROMAN LAW = CIVIL LAW SYSTEM COUNTRIES
ANGLICAN CHURCH = STATE RELIGION = ENGLISH LAW = COMMON LAW SYSTEM COUNTRIES
Despite these two systems which operate in all judicial systems of the world withsmall exceptions of few Muslim states, they can work in the same breadth. Thus the Catholic church is a State Church like the Anglican church or Evangelical as long as they are registered with the government as per a government’s rules.
The consequence of this recognition has brought about the marriage laws under the Government’s jurisdiction.
This is a clear SIGN THAT THE REGISTERED CHURCH IS NOT SEPARATE FROM STATE IF THE STATE CAN HAVE JURISDICTION IN ITS ACTIVITIES.
The early church in Acts is qualified to say that it is separate from the State so as those Christian fellowships which are not registered with Government authorities being protected by freedom of association.
What many Evangelical Christians have been duped in believing is that they need Government recognition to be a full fledged church of God. Recognition does not making anything holy in fact it gives the Government chance to ‘rape’ the church with its regulations and rules. In fact I have seen ministries that are recognized by such authorities die and lose the Spirit of God for the spirit off the world to rule.
This desire of recognition has led Evangelicals with a war against Muslims who because their laws are different from the Western Christian laws. Muslims system also has a State relation with Religion hence the perfect competitor against Christianity. This is because Hinduism and others have not managed to be involved in the political and legal affairs of their countries.
No wonder India recognizes Homosexuality legally unlike Islamic nations and African nations which both have State- Religion relationship.
However the claim by some Evangelicals that Islam is working at Islamizing Africa is a propaganda that is being used to justify war against Islam using the powerful Westernized state governments as their weapons.
Of course what the real religious elite know is that these divisions just enhance their power over the masses and helps in dividing the masses for their own gain.
What they will not tell you that by them not paying taxes as State churches and Mosques they are part of the government.
And being part of government means that one is a law giver. They falsely claim that there is a separation of powers among the judges, president and legislature but the opposite is true. All these bodies make the laws of a country either directly or indirectly.
Hence when religious bodies join with these law makers they are themselves calling themselves law makers of secular countries .This explains their tax exempt status
So when you see any law emanating from any of the three bodies of government know that any State religious body is a maker of that law. If a religious institution is against such laws then they should resign from the tax exempt status.
I have not heard of many churches leaving their tax exempt status for Bush ‘ Patriot Act and other Anti Terror laws that have criminalized innocent people.
I have not seen Kenya church leaders rejecting their tax exempt status because of the Hate speech laws being put up. Why ?
Just like the law givers, religious bodies are able to use these laws against their opponents as long as they are connected to the government. It is a true principle that the law giver such as judges are different from the subjects.
The lie of separation of State and Religion and the effect of this false union is immunity for religious leaders and impunity. This is far from the true powerful church of Jesus Christ that needs no government recognition or praise of men to do the work of God.