Part ONE, Section I, Chapter 3 of God Betrayed
Give as many Bible verses (where appropriate), comments, and explanations as you can to support your answers. Click here to review Biblical Teaching on Self-government.
- What was the first type government ordained by God?
- Define self-government.
- Who will be blessed by God? Who will not be blessed by God?
- What is the foundation of family government?
- What is the foundation of a church who honors God?
- Who will direct and control their families and their churches according to God’s precepts?
- What are the two possible foundations of a civil government (a nation)?
- Upon what does the success of a nation depend?
- When did God create man?
- In whose image did God create man?
- When was woman created? Out of what did God create woman?
- When was marriage instituted?
- After creating man and woman, God blessed them. What did God then say to them?
- Where did God put man? For what purpose did he put him there?
- What did God say to man concerning the trees of the garden of Eden?
- What did God tell man about the consequences of eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
- What was the first covenant God made with man? How many elements did that covenant have? Under that covenant, what were the man and woman responsible for doing?
- God, in the Garden of Eden, gave man an opportunity to operate under what type of government?
- What rule(s) came with that one type of government?
- Did man succeed under that type of government?
- Describe man’s actions concerning compliance with the rule(s) given him by God? Briefly describe what happened as to man’s obedience or disobedience with that rule. Briefly describe the consequences.
- What does Scripture say happened after Adam and Eve broke God’s one rule?
- Whom did God judge after the fall? Briefly describe the judgment of each.
- Because of the fall, what was the ultimate fate of man’s physical body?
- When did God institute the Adamic Covenant? What is the purpose of the Adamic Covenant (as it is called by some)?
- What are the elements of the Adamic Covenant?
- Who was Isaac Backus? Review his description of man’s state before and after the fall of man in the Garden of Eden. These studies will often glean from Backus because he was very important in the road that lead to religious liberty in America.
- Does God continue to hold man individually responsible for his decisions?
- Briefly tell the story of Cain and Abel, especially noting how each governed himself according to God’s will.
- In whom did Old Testament saints place their faith? In whom do New Testament Saints place their faith?
- From what choices may an individual select his faith?
- What chapter in the New Testament gives the names of many Old Testament saints who came to God in faith? Name as many of those saints as you can.
Who stated in the New Testament that all “which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham” (Ga. 3.7) and “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Ga. 3.29)?
Do the above verses apply to individuals or to nations (civil governments)? Does God deal with individuals on the same basis or on different bases?
- Does God deal with civil governments?
Note. Isaac Backus wrote: “By divine institution a whole family and a whole nation were taken into covenant; now none are added to the church by the Lord but believers who are saved” (Isaac Backus, A History of New England With Particular Reference to the Denomination of Christians called Baptists, Volume 1 (Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock Publishers, Previously published by Backus Historical Society, 1871), p. 153).
- How is Satan still successfully deceiving man as to God’s authority and God’s government?
Note. The author shows in his articles, books, and audio teachings how Satan has deceived untold millions of Christians with regard to the issue of separation of church and state by misquoting and misinterpreting the Bible. To understand the God-ordained relationship of church and state, one must understand God’s teaching on government, church, and separation of church and state and also how to apply that teaching to reality.
- Who has an excuse for rejecting God and His Authority?
- How does God first speak to every individual?
- If an individual believes the creation, how does God then speak to Him?
- If an individual believes the creation and his conscience, how does God speak to him next?
- According to Scripture:
Who is righteous?
Who seeks after God?
Who has gone out of the way?
Who is unprofitable?
Who has sinned and come short of the glory of God?
How is a man justified before God?
Through what is a man justified?
Whom did God set forth to be a propitiation through his blood?
If an individual believes the creation, his conscience, and Scripture, through whom does God then reveal the way to Himself?
- What was imputed to Abraham for righteousness?
- Who was delivered for our offences?
- Who was raised for our justification?
- Does man make a choice of his own free will as to how he will respond to God?
Note. Keep this question in mind throughout your studies of and meditations upon the Bible because the issue of whether man has free will is hotly disputed by some. Throughout your biblical studies, look at all verses which deal with the issue of free will as opposed to the sovereignty of God, keeping in mind that some incorrectly believe that the sovereignty of God means that God chooses who goes to heaven and who goes to hell and that man has no part in that decision.
- Can one love without having a choice? Explain.
- Is faith a work?
- Of what are all governments, except God’s supreme government, made up of?
- According to what does God desire every government to guide itself?
- To what degree will any government (individual, family, church, civil) succeed?