In our day, there are very few people who truly understand the value of church and state separation.
Originally, it had nothing to do with keeping the Church out of state affairs; this would be impossible to do with believing citizens and politicians. Rather, the church-state separation was for the protection of the church and its members. We have lost this understanding because of our loss of trust in God’s word.
There are separated spheres of authority. The four spheres are a person, the home, the church and the state. Though you will have overlap in these as to the person holding authority, the home cannot overtake the person nor the state the church.
So, a man can be the head of his home while at the same time being the head of Christ’s church. For instance, I am both a husband and a pastor. But I cannot use my authority at the church to punish my wife for not doing what I wish. Likewise, the state has no authority in the church to make demands on its leadership.
And this is what has made the events in Georgia so disconcerting.
World Net Daily reports
The state of Georgia is demanding copies of the sermons and related notes of a lay pastor who was fired by the Department of Public Health after it investigated what he said in his church.
But Dr. Eric Walsh is resisting, issuing a statement via his legal team that he will not comply with the demand from state lawyers.
The state’s demand is in response to a lawsuit filed by Walsh against the Department of Health charging discrimination based on his religion and other civil rights violations.
What this basically comes down to is that the state has discriminated against this man, and because he has decided to prosecute them for it, they are seeking to persecute him. This is no more and no less than religious discrimination.
I hope that he plays the man.