Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. (Ezekiel 36:25-28)
The primary func-tion of the state is the ministry, or administration, of justice. Negatively, this involves prosecution and punishment, the police, courts, and military being aspects of what Paul referred to as being a terror to evildoers (Rom. 13:3).
Holiness, from the idea of clean in both the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures, essentially means whole. In the Biblical languages and English alike, holiness applied to men is a state of moral wholeness, integrity, and purity, as opposed to brokenness, damage, compromise, or pollution.
At the center of the controversy is a block of polished granite, approximately three feet square and four feet high.
The Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, at which I have had the honor to teach Constitutional Law for the past twelve years, declares in its mission statement that "Biblical truth is the foundation of just law."
In my radio ministry I often call on the listeners to pray for our political leaders and most times I remind them to review these simple verses from the Apostle Paul that explain why the actions of our civil leaders are important.
"[The right to vote] is regarded as a fundamental political right, because [it is] preservative of all rights." — United States Supreme Court Yick Wo v. Hopkins (1886)
There has long been confusion about whether natural law is an acceptable basis for Christian thinking or a Christian view of law.
A few classes into the first semester of law school, students realize that legal education is much more that an advanced game of Monopoly in which they, the players, acquire a basic knowledge and comprehension of rules that can be readily applied to given fact situations.
"History is just a way of separating the good guys from the bad guys." That's what I sometimes tell my students, and they like this practical approach to the discipline.
Vera Smith made an exhaustive study of central banks in 1935. She sought the answer to two questions: "Why do central banks come into being in the first place?" and "Why have they persisted?"
Why is it that the same people who hold to some form of theological liberalism so often adhere to statist ideas? What is the path that takes a person from denying orthodox Christianity to glorifying the state?