The Nanny State and the Nanny Church!

 

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"Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter

into the kingdom of heaven.  Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as

this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven." 

--Matthew 18:3,4

 

Humanist nanny theology prepares the way for the humanist nanny state. 

Because the humanist theologian thinks that Jesus is telling us things that

we must do in order to become worthy of heaven, his whole understanding

becomes corrupt and he is powerless to resist tyranny.

 

In Matthew 18, Jesus is not describing character which makes a person

worthy of being called his disciples, for salvation is by grace.  Instead He

is describing the Christ-likeness of the true believer.   This Christ-likeness

is the result of conversion, something that is done to us.  The humility

that is the result of this "converting" is a grace given by God, the work

of the Spirit, and not a work of the flesh.   We are not "converted"

because we are Christ-like, for then we would not need to be converted.

We are converted from being very un-Christ like to Christ, as a new nature

in His likeness is imparted to us by grace alone.

 

Because they do not understand grace and the power of God, the

humanist model is false humility and childish weakness.   Humanist

religion teaches men to be weak and childish, and the model becomes

a means of attack against those who are godly.  "Don't stand up for what

you believe; we are supposed to be childlike," the line goes.

 

Faith does not make a man weak and childish.  "In understanding, be

men" (I Cor. 14:20).  "Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like

men, be strong" (I Cor. 16:13).  Heb. 11:34 speaks of faithful men who

"out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to

flight the armies of the aliens...."

 

We do not receive the kingdom of God because of our proud adult abilities

and strengths, for the kingdom can only be received as the little children

received the blessing of Jesus Christ.  And those who receive the kingdom

of God trust Christ and reject their own work as any means of blessing. 

But this does not make them childish and wimpy.  Instead they are strong

in their confession of faith.

 

"When for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one

teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God's and

are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat...." 

(Hebrews 5:12)

 

Faith gives strength and fortitude.  Faith brings liberty and confidence. 

Faith brings assurance and hope.  Faith delivers from the tyranny of

either church or state.   Faith teaches complete dependency on Jesus

Christ, the Son of God.  Because of the blood of Christ, the conscience

is cleansed from dead works, so that the believer can serve the Lord. 

He is alive in faith, and confident toward God, for all his hope and

confidence is in Christ.  Nothing else but faith can clear the conscience

toward God.

 

But the humanist state and the humanist church nurture dependency.  

How nice it is for governmental and ecclesiastical nannies, when people

think of themselves in terms of childish dependency!  "We are your

children.  What presents have you brought us?  We cannot take care

of ourselves and we love you for taking good care of us.  What will you

do for us?  How will you meet our needs, and feed and clothe us?" 

 

Childish people in the nanny church have the same attitude:  "We are

dumb sheep.  Please tell us what to do.  Make rules for us.  Teach us

what is right and wrong.  Be our theological nannies and our moral

gurus.  Do our studying for us, and do our praying for us.  How

comforting it is to know that we have wise and good men looking

after us.  We never want to grow up."

 

"I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts:

and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:  and

they shall not teach every man his neighbor, and every man his brother,

saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the

greatest.  For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins

and their iniquities will I remember no more.  In that he saith, A new

covenant, he hath made the first old...."  (Heb. 8:10b-13a)

 

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