William P. Young wrote a work of fiction titled The Shack in 2007. He wrote: “I don’t create institutions-never have, never will.” The institutions of the church, government and marriage are the “man-created trinity of errors that ravages the earth and deceives those I care about…It’s all false” (p. 179). Albert Mohler called the book “deeply subversive,” “scripturally incorrect” and downright “dangerous” (usatoday.com).
Are the institutions of the church, government and the home “false” and not important to the God of Heaven?
The church is composed of all Christians (Matthew 16:18; Hebrews 12:22-24).It consists of only one church (Ephesians 1:22-23; 4:4). It began on Pentecost (Acts 2; 11:15) and is entered by being added by the Lord (Acts 2:41, 47). The Lord keeps the books of membership (Hebrews 12:23; 2 Timothy 2:19) and consists of all the saved (Ephesians 5:25-27; cl. John 15:2, 6; Romans 11:19-22; Revelation 3:16). We must be in this church to be saved (Ephesians 5:23).
Read Romans 13:1-7. God has appointed the authorities who have governmental power (vv. 1, 2). Civil rulers are a “terror to bad conduct” (v.3). They give “approval” or praise to those who do what is good (v. 3). Governmental officials serve God. (vv. 4, 6). Government officials are doing “good” as they carry out their work (v. 4). Government authorities execute God’s wrath on wrongdoers and carry out retribution (v. 4).
To make such submission to earthly governments seem more reasonable and necessary he informs them that all power is of God, and that civil governments are ordained of God. He who denies this fact denies the voice of inspiration. The fact that governments sometimes turn out bad, and do unjust things, does not prove Paul’s statement to be untrue. The devil sometimes controls the actions of governments, but that does not prove that all governments belong to the devil. The devil sometimes gets into churches and causes them to do evil and unjust things, but that does not prove that the devil owns and controls all churches. The design of civil government is to promote the security and the well-being of its citizens; and there would be no security of life and property, if there were no human governments (RL. Whiteside, A New Commentary On Paul’s Letter To The Saints At Rome, p. 258).
When we spread Biblical values and God-honoring leaders in our cities, states, and nation, all persons are blessed (Psalm 33:12) and liberty is maintained so that the church can evangelize without restrictions.
Marriage and the Home
Jesus tells us where to begin: at the beginning. The Pharisees came to Him with the problem of divorce: And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Matthew 19:3-6). The “beginning” to which Jesus referred here is that which is read about in Genesis 1- 2. If we are going to have a house built on the rock (Jesus) then we must follow Jesus to where He takes us for the blueprint which we are to follow for building a house on the rock. The blueprint is found “at the beginning.” At the beginning, God created the first home. The home is not an invention of society (Genesis 2:18, 22). This is what God joined together (Matthew 19:6).
God created these three institutions, each with a distinctive purpose. Each of the institutions functions best when Biblical doctrines serve as the foundation.