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Is Libertarianism compatible with Christianity?

| December 15, 2012
Ayn Rand. She is what I consider to be the false prophet of libertarianism. She is widely known to be the mother of modern day libertarianism. Kenites sure have a way of dividing Christians. Click on the pic to learn more about her.

Ayn Rand. Known to be the mother of modern day libertarianism in America. I consider her to be a false prophet. She is an example of the Serpent and his children at their best deceiving the minds of God’s children. (Click on pic)

As Christians we can definitely relate to libertarian philosophy. For we also believe in limited government, fiscal responsibility, and maximum liberty. Those principles are music to our ears. However what sets libertarianism apart from Christianity in a big way is its means of attaining liberty.

You see a libertarian believes that if we just left everyone alone to do whatever they wish to do, as long as it does not infringe upon the liberties of others, we would be able to achieve a free society.

But a Christian knows and understands that FREEDOM IS A REWARD FROM GOD WHEN WE ARE OBEDIENT UNTO HIS WORD.

That’s a major difference my friends, and that’s why we need to be careful not to put political philosophies in place of or in front of God’s Word. When we do, it becomes idolatry just like anything else.

Man becomes his own god, law, and judge

Most libertarians do not believe civil government should have power to enforce God’s law. The only laws they feel the government should enforce are laws that prohibit rape, murder, and theft. That’s just about it. They strongly resist any thought of the government enforcing moral laws prohibiting things like homosexual marriage and abortion. They want those decisions to be left up to individuals.

In essence, libertarianism makes man out to be his own god, law, and judge.

Libertarianism believes in the sovereignty of “self” rather than the sovereignty of God. And at its core it is nothing more than a repeat of the same lie Adam and Eve bought into way back in the Garden of Eden.

As it is written:

And the serpent said unto the woman, “Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil” (Gen. 3:4-5).

In other words, Satan told them that, “They didn’t need God or anyone else to tell them what is good and evil, they were wise enough to decide that for themselves. They were the ones who could decide what is good and what is evil. What right has anyone else to tell them what to do?” Well, when one buys into this line of thinking, though they may not realize it, they have set themselves up as their own god.

Can you now begin to see the dangers of libertarianism (the hardcore atheist Ann Rand type)? And can you see how different it is from Christianity?

Besides the idolatrous aspect of it, anytime man tries to gain freedom apart from following God’s law it always ends in failure and tragedy. Just compare the French Revolution with the American Revolution. One was successful in achieving freedom while the other ended in a bloodbath and a reign of terror. This is because one put their trust in God while the other put their trust in man.

You could easily say that the American Revolution was a Christian Revolution while the French Revolution was a Libertarian Revolution.

Be careful Tea Party.

Seek the Kingdom First

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” -Matthew 6:33

We’ll be discussing this in more detail during our Deuteronomy studies. But let me just say to you that the Ten Commandments were designed by God to give us maximum freedom, more freedom than libertarians could even dream about having. I’ll take this one step further. The enforcement of God’s law is the only thing that can protect us from tyrannical governments and evil citizens. There is no other way to ensure liberty and justice for all.

You see we can’t just enforce two out of the Ten Commandments for this to work, like libertarians are only willing to do. All ten of them must be enforced as God has explained all throughout His Word. This is the only way to achieve a happy, free, and prosperous society.

For instance, if we blatantly ignore the First Commandment and allow non-Christian people to hold public office, such as atheists, Muslims, Hindus, Jews, and pagans, like we do today, we put everyone’s liberty in jeopardy. This is because good and evil cannot co-exist with one another, for when “evil” is given place to operate it always seeks to destroy “good”.

Atheists seek to remove God and put in His place “man” or “government”, while other religions seek to promote their god and their laws above our God and His laws. That’s just the way it is my friend. Co-existence, tolerance, and diversity are some of the biggest lies that have been sold to the American people. Each one of these philosophies is nothing more than a strategic attempt by the enemy to elevate other religions above Christianity in America until they feel they have power to eliminate Christianity altogether. This is not a guess my friend. This is a fact because it is what’s happening today.

I could go on and prove to you why each of the Ten Commandments has to be enforced by civil government in order for there to be freedom and liberty in a society, and perhaps I will in later blog posts or in our Deuteronomy videos.

But the libertarian’s (hardcore atheist type) mind cannot seem to comprehend these profound but simple truths. Instead they continue in vain trying to find freedom apart from keeping and enforcing all of God’s law. They selfishly just want to pick and choose what they feel works best for them. Or they ignorantly believe that we can have liberty if we just left it up to people to voluntarily submit to God’s law.

I realize there are indeed some great God loving, Bible believing, patriots who buy into this idea. And they are the reason I wrote this article. But let me say to them that enforcement of God’s law does not infringe on anyone’s free will to choose whether or not they want to love God. Even with the law in place people can and still do choose to violate law today. I say this because many Christian libertarians fear enforcement of God’s law would take away this choice.

Now with all that said. There are Biblical problems with mainstream Conservatism as well. (Read Political Idolatry) And of course there are many problems with Liberalism, I don’t have to even tell you that.

Bottom line, our beliefs should come from God’s Word instead of a political philosophy or we risk going astray.

Anyways, in the next post, I’m going to explain and document in further detail why Christians are not only to promote obedience to God’s law, but we are also to promote its enforcement. Because this is probably the primary area where many Christians who consider themselves to be libertarian would disagree with me at this point. And the reason they disagree with me is primarily due to their lack of understanding of God’s law and how it should be applied in the world today, according to the Word of God.

God bless,
Pastor Ben Heath

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  1. Gary Kieffer says:

    Thanks Ben. Great insight here. This article reminds me of how subtle the enemy is, for I fully believe they know exactly how to disinform people no matter what level of social class, personality, or spiritual discernment those people possess and with specific tactics for each type. Amazing how the same lie told in Eden is repackaged and redelivered and has slithered it’s way into every facet of our daily lives. This is neither here nor there, but as soon as I saw the name Ayn Rand, I was immediately reminded of a few years ago when I first bought the album “2112” by Rush. In the booklet notes, drummer Neil Peart gives credit to Rand for strongly influencing his concepts and lyrics and outlook on life. I remember thinking, “wow, I wonder who this lady is, she must be smart and influential”. Just this small example makes me think of Revelations where John marvels at what he sees. Thanks for the blog.

  2. Susan Y says:

    Liked your example of the two different Revolutions. Great article! Keep them coming. I am always learning something from them. Blessings to you. 🙂

  3. scott says:

    Hmmmm. I disagree. Sure, you’ll find Ayn Rand type libertarians. Honestly, most Christians don’t think I’m a Christian because I have questions about the traditional idea of the trinity, different views about modern day Israel, and I don’t believe in this rapture concept and so on. So to judge all libertarians as wrong seems a bit much. I think libertarians are concerned with freedom, of course liberty, and less government. Essentially their platform consists of the founding documents.

    The Declaration of Independence sums up the libertarian view – essentially we owe everything to our Creator.

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness

    I will follow along to see if you can document that governments must mandate the Christian faith and God’s laws. It’s not that Christian libertarians want to “pick and choose,” they don’t feel that you can mandate faith and obedience to God during this time of grace and free will, but I am open minded and I’ll check out your studies.

    Merry Christmas!

  4. Thanks Scott. I hope you had a Merry Christmas as well!

  5. Rhonda says:

    Living is this present dispensation of time we, unfortunately, have to contend with the evils of this world even as we strive to obey God’s Laws. I think our founding fathers understood this too. We have to do the best we can to protect or right to worship God. The purpose of this life is to choose whom we will follow, God or Satan. If we choose God, He commands His people to come out of Babylon (confusion) and overcome the world (the lust of the flesh). To do this, there is no picking and choosing about what laws we will follow according to our will or freedom. I think that Father expects His elect to set that example.

  6. Becky says:

    I think you have liberatrianism confused with “humanism”. Humanism is what is giving man the mindset that he is his own god, law, and, judge, ect. and it has infiltrated all three parties, Republican included. This is becoming more evident as we see more of our republican politians supporting this gay marriage/gay rights movement. We see them advocating the Global Warming myth. They are having dinner and making plans and voting with Obama as our country goes to hell in a hand basket.

    Its much bigger than one single party. It is in it’s self a movement that is infiltrating all aspects of our government and lives and it is worldwide. Its “humanism”, not liberatianism. Google “the church of oprah”, or look up Constance Cumbey’s book “The New Age Movement”, a book which Pastor Murray quotes from and recommends in his work “Humanism”, and also see his work entitled “Humanism”.

    What you are saying is that liberatianism is the forbidden fruit (or knowledge) and it just isn’t so.

    As it is written:

    And the serpent said unto the woman, “Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil” (Gen. 3:4-5).
    “.In other words, Satan told them that, “They didn’t need God or anyone else to tell them what is good and evil, they were wise enough to decide that for themselves. They were the ones who could decide what is good and what is evil. What right has anyone else to tell them what to do?” Well, when one buys into this line of thinking, though they may not realize it, they have set themselves up as their own god.”

    You’re sorta twisting this a little here to fit your belief. Satan told them as it is written that they would be has gods knowing good and evil and that they would not die. Adam and eve were created in the flesh and were given only one commandent, not to partake of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They were created innocent with no knowledge of the world before, just like babies are born into the world in this way. They had no knowlegde of evil or the difference between good and evil. All they had to do was follow one simple law and they failed. They fell. Which is the nature of flesh man he always seems to fall short, even Paul said that no matter how hard he tries to do what is right he always ends up doing what is wrong. Though we strive to do what is right, we will always be weak as long as we are in the flesh and will always have need of Jesus for forgiveness of our sins. When we say we are without sin we no longer need Him, just as a person who is not sick has no need of a doctor.

    “I could go on and prove to you why each of the Ten Commandments has to be enforced by civil government in order for there to be freedom and liberty in a society, and perhaps I will in later blog posts or in our Deuteronomy videos.”

    If you want to govern by the ten commandments, which our Constitution is already based own, so I’m assuming that you want to enforce them even more and punish people for coveting, idolitry, sexual immorality and such. This theory just doesn’t add up for me. Where is free-will? Where is the allowance for the human man to mess up and fall short as we always do? And what about what Jesus said, “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone”? I agree with you on standing against homosexuality and keeping marriage between a man and a woman the way God intended. These are the things that bring God down. I’ve read Sodom and Gomorah. But if you’re wanting to punish people for adultry, sexual immorality, covetting, idolitry (had your coffee today?), instead of giving them free will to make their own decisions and fall short from time to time, then you’re no better than the hypocrites whom Jesus wrote about in the sand.

  7. It is true Becky that the Republican party has become infiltrated with Humanism too. I’ve written articles explaining the faults of the modern conservative movement. Here is one of them.

    http://christianovercomers.com/blog/2011/12/15/political-idolatries/

    And I am fully aware of what “humanism” is. In fact we even carry “The Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow” in our Bookstore. However, the core of Libertarianism and Humanism are nearly identical in that they both teach that man can live happily in a society where the “judgments” and the “commandments” of God are not enforced. You must be careful not to mock God’s law or call people “hypocrites” for wanting to uphold it. You’re twisting Christ’s teachings when you do so. Christ said He did not come to change one jot or tittle of the law (Matt 5:17-19), and He also said those who teach it’s importance will be called great in the kingdom of heaven, while those who do not will be called the least.

    You see the problem with the Scribes and the Pharisees wasn’t that they taught God’s law, that wasn’t it at all. The problem was that they were unjustly applying it along with adding to it their own traditions.

    I’ve written many studies on this topic. You should scroll through our category “Constitution, Politics, and God’s Law” and read them. You’ll then get a better idea, with Biblical documentation of what I’m talking about here. http://christianovercomers.com/blog/category/public-posts/constitution-politics-and-gods-law/

  8. The Freewill argument doesn’t hold up either. What you’re saying is that we should violate God’s instructions to enforce His law so that others can choose whether or not they want to follow them?

    This doesn’t make any sense.

    The fact is, even when God’s law is enforced, people still have freewill to obey or not to obey. God’s law does not take this away. Do you not think that God’s law was in place in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve or in the first world age when Satan and his angels rebelled against God?

  9. So what you’re saying Becky, is that God made a mistake when He gave Moses the law? Moses was a witch hunter, hypocrite, and a blind Pharisee for teaching and implementing God’s law in government?

    You’re mischaracterizing God’s law. Not all commandments were to be enforced through the act of “judgments” by civil government. Many commandments were to be left up to the church, family, or the individual to enforce.

    You really need to do some more homework before carelessly trying to criticize my teachings.

  10. Zed Power says:

    this has become a culture which worships self or group identity. for most, God is an after thought. What you do to justify what you are going to do anyway.

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