James Bartlett, Bottineau, ND.
Family devotions have been a part of our day since before we began home schooling, but as the boys have grown into men, the depth, applications, and intensity of our devotions have been exciting and life changing. For example, we just compared the Calvinist, Hyper-Calvinist and Arminian theological perspectives as a part of our pondering what made the United States a Christian nation, and what it would take for North Dakota to become a Christian state. We learned that Puritan leaders believed that God’s Word applied to all nations because Jesus is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. They saw the state deity worship displayed in the Scriptures by the Egyptians, Babylonians, Medo-Persians, and Romans as directly competing with the Lordship of Christ and violating the First Commandment, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” So, to make a long story short, the Puritans understood that since Jesus is King of Kings, then civil government is not free to write laws which go beyond those given by the King of Kings in Scripture.
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