VARIOUS BLOGS AND SERMONS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER:
Trinity Bible Chapel: A Conversation with JCCF lawyer James Kitchen, Pastor Jacob Reaume, and Pastor Aaron Rock, “Conflicting Duties: Christian Worship and the Magistrate’s Quarantine” on May 14, 2020. It can be accessed here.
Pastor Jacob Reaume, Trinity Bible Chapel, preached “Jesus Commands the Church to Meet. Period” on May 24, 2020. Access here.
Pastor John Macarthur, Grace Community Church, “Christ, not Caesar, Is Head of the Church,” July 24, 2020, Access blog here.
Pastor Aaron Rock, “A Call to Divine Obedience, over Civil Obedience.” Access blog here.
Jacob Reaume and the Elders of Trinity Bible Chapel, “Here We Stand: The Church Must Meet,” December 3, 2020. Access position paper here.
The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, on December 3, 2020 released a report showing that government data demonstrates that the lockdown is more deadly than COVID-19. The news release, which links to the report, is available here.
Pastor Jacob Reaume, Trinity Bible Chapel, taught on “Church and State” on December 6, 2020. Access here.
Pastor James Coates, GraceLife Church, preached “The Time Has Come” on December 20, 2020. Access here.
Pastor Steve Richardson, Faith Presbyterian Church, “The Worldly Wiseman Exegetes Romans 13,” January 28, 2021. Access blog here.
Pastor James Coates, GraceLife Church, preached on Romans 13:1-4 on February 14, 2021. It now has over 100,000 views. Access here.
Pastor Jacob Reaume, Trinity Bible Chapel, taught on “The Doctrine of the Lesser Magistrate” on March 2, 2021. Access here.
Pastor Tim Stephens, Fairview Baptist Church, “COVID-19: A Romans 14 Issue? (Part 3),” March 18, 2021. Access blog here.
The Ezra Institute for Contemporary Christianity in Grimsby, Ontario, with Rev. Dr. Joe Boot, has produced multiple articles and podcasts on church and state relations. Access articles here and podcasts here.
Boot, Joseph, The Mission of God: A Manifesto of Hope for Society. London: Wilberforce Publications, 2016.
Dr. Boot, a cultural apologist and a personal friend to me, delineates historically and theologically how the Law of God is to be applied to all of life, especially to statecraft. A society that is liberal in the truest sense must ground its liberty within God’s Law.
Brutus, Junius, Vindiciae Contra Tyrannos: A Defense of Liberty Against Tyrants. Moscow, Idaho: Canon Press, 2020.
Written by a Huguenot under a pseudonym in the 16th century, this helps Christians understand how to relate to tyrannical governments.
Noll, Mark, What Happened to Christian Canada? Vancouver: Regent College Publishing, 2007.
A short read, with only 57 pages, church historian Mark Noll helps us understand how Canada went from a country that was arguably more Christian in identity than the United States ever was to a bastion of secular stateism.
Rutherford, Samuel, Lex, Rex: The Law and The King. Moscow, Idaho: Canon Press, 2020.
Originally published in 1644, Scottish minister Samuel Rutherford demonstrates that the state is not above the law, but rather that the law is above the state.
Sunshine, Glenn S., Slaying Leviathan. Moscow, Idaho: Canon Press, 2020.
Sunshine, an historian, provides an historical overview of Christians resistance to tyranny and Christian teaching on limited government.
Hannan, Daniel, Inventing Freedom. New York: Harper Collins, 2013.
Hannan, a former member of the European Parliament, traces the genesis of liberty in the Anglosphere. Its a gripping read. Written from a secular perspective, the keen reader should note that all the advancements in liberty have had Christianity as their impetus (something Hannan fails to observe).
The Magdeburg Confession, (trans. Matthew Colvin). April 13, 1550.
When Emperor Charles V outlawed Protestant worship in 1548, Magdeburg was the only city to resist. In this confession the pastors of Magdeburg justify their city’s resistance against the Emperor’s tyranny. I note that it is typically a small minority who resist tyranny, but that minority wins freedom to benefit the whole.