Mark Dever – Liberty University Convocation – What the Bible and Jesus teach about human government

Mark Dever

Mark Dever – Pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington D.C. speaking at Liberty University.

Mark 12:13-17

Paying Taxes to Caesar

13 And they sent to him some of the Pharisees and some of the Herodians, to trap him in his talk. 14 And they came and said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are true and do not care about anyone’s opinion. For you are not swayed by appearances,[a] but truly teach the way of God. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? Should we pay them, or should we not?” 15 But, knowing their hypocrisy, he said to them, “Why put me to the test? Bring me a denarius[b] and let me look at it.” 16 And they brought one. And he said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They said to him, “Caesar’s.” 17 Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they marveled at him.

Too many people admire Jesus rhetorical dexterity here and miss what He is actually teachingThis is more than simply a clever answer. In this short answer, Jesus picked up a biblical theology of government  and He applied it to the new phase in the history of God’s people that Jesus Himself was commencing. And while it’s going to far to say that, here, Jesus’s statement established a wall of separation between Church and State, or made the state secular, I think, Jesus’s affirmation of paying taxes to the Roman government does show that a pagan state may be legitimate. Jesus looked at His followers and, speaking of Rome, He said, „Pay for it.”

I remember once being asked by a friend who is president of the Libertarian society at Cambridge University where I was studying in England, 20 years ago. He was asking me to give a Christian view on ‘does society need a state’? And so, I spent time and as I studied for that, I was impressed by what a deeply biblical thing human government is. Human government is not legitimate, fundamentally, because it controls the army and the police, kind of like ‘might makes right’. Human government is not legitimate, fundamentally, because it makes a social contract somewhere back in the mystical myth of time. Human government is not legitimate, fundamentally, because of an election. You know, vox populi, vox dei – The voice of the people is the voice of God. Human government is not legitimate, fundamentally, because of a marxist idea of inevitability or merely for economic necessity. Or some psychological need that we all need to be controlled.

Now, let’s think  for a moment what the Bible teaches about human government and put Jesus’s teaching here, in the larger context of what God has revealed. The story of government begins as soon as human history does, in the first chapter of the Bible. What we find there is that human government reflects God’s initial charge to fill the earth and subdue it… (Transcript from the first seven minutes, with aprox 35 min remaining from this message.

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David Platt – Liberty University Convocation: The importance and urgency of taking the Gospel to unreached people groups

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On, September 9th, at Convocation, North America’s largest weekly gathering of Christian students, David Platt spoke to students about the importance and urgency of taking the Gospel to unreached people groups. The Children of the World choir also performed as a part of Global Focus Week.

David Platt is the president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board, and author of New York Times Best Seller Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream.

David Platt: What if missionaries are not just people who leave their jobs to take the Gospel around the world, but missionaries also include people who leverage their jobs to take the Gospel around the world? You look back in Christian history and you see a group of people called the Moravians. It is said that at least 1 out of 92, some say at least one out of 58 of them, were crossing cultures for the spread of the Gospel. Well, let’s take the more conservative number, 1 out of 92 were crossing cultures for the spread of the Gospel. The International Mission Board represents about 40,000 churches. I think about what would happen if we had that kind of ratio today. 40,000 churches, say there’s about 16 million members in those churches. Let’s just assume 10 million of those people are living members in their churches.. If that was happening just in this one group of churches, this one denomination of churches, that would be over 100,000 missionaries. Not 5,000. We don’t even think in those kind of terms and I’m convinceed that we need to think in those kinds of terms. Now, the beauty of this is the Moravians weren’t doing this because they had a well financed sophisticated mission program. Np, they were doing this because they were leveraging the opportunities God was giving them to move to other cultures and work there for the spread of the Gospel. They would look for jobs in other countries and cultures, and contexts. And they would deliberately work there  and spread the Gospel as they worked there. Some of them would even sell themselves into slavery. They’d see a slave ship about to go to this country that didn’t have the Gospel and they would say, „Well. that’s one way to get the Gospel into that country.” And so, they would sell themselves to become slaves in order to get on that boat, in order to get to that country and proclaim the name of Christ. Multitudes of them going, all around the world. I’m just wondering what would happen if we had that kind of mindset. And so, I look at this arena, full of followers of Christ who are getting a world class education in all sorts of degrees and I am pleading for you, based upon what we are to look at the Word. I am pleading for you to leverage this education , to leverage your degree. to get the Gospel to people who’ve never heard it.

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Kirk Cameron – Liberty University Convocation September 26, 2014

On September 26, 2014, at Convocation, North America’s largest weekly gathering of Christian students, TV and Movie actor Kirk Cameron addressed the students about the war on Christmas. Kirk talks about Christmas and the worlds view on the holiday. He takes a stand for Christmas and looks back on the word and how it relates to the holiday of Christmas and Jesus.

Kirk Cameron is the producer of the movie “Unstoppable” and the main star in the movie “Saving Christmas”.

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