“For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil,
be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is a minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.” Roman 13:4
By Riley J. Hood-CPoW State Chairman
The Constitution Party of Wisconsin is a Bible-based political party; as such we apply the Christian world-view to politics and the civil authority. We are Christians first, and Americans second. It seems we have been misunderstood, even to the point where some view us as power hungry people who confuse our duties to God with our duties as American citizens. Good citizenship is not divorced from being a Christian.
To quote the Reverend John Whitherspoon, who signed the Declaration of Independence, “That he is the best friend to American liberty, who is most sincere and active in promoting true and un-defiled religion, and who sets himself with the greatest firmness to bear down profanity and immorality of every kind. Whoever is an avowed enemy of God, I scruple not to call him an enemy of his country.” There are many people today who try to wrap up their immorality in an American flag, CPoW rejects this. If it isn’t Christian, it isn’t “American.”
We understand the difference between the Kingdom of God, and the American Republic, neither are a democracy by the way. In the Kingdom of God, Christ is King.
CPoW is based on the Sovereignty of God, and we express that by keeping His commandments. Even in our republic, Christ, not man, is King that is why we have a President as opposed to having a monarchy. Republics are for “this side of life.” Since Genesis 9:6 God has allowed civil government in human hands. Republics function through checks and balances and limitations on authority in human hands.
- Authority: We understand the difference between power and authority. Power means the force to do your will, until you are stopped. Authority is the ability to enforce what is written already, we are not here to do our will but God’s. Only Jesus was fully God and fully man, and in Him only is all power given. The rest of us rely on Authority, derived from Christ and we are to be the ministers of God.
- Ministry and Service: These words are interchangeable. Jesus stated, “Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them, But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister, And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:” Matthew 20:25-27
- Limitations: Jesus said “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” from Matthew 28:18 Contrast that with Psalm 82, especially “I have said, Ye are gods[elohim]; and all of you are children of the most High. But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.” v.6-7. No, human ministers are not going to be divinities one day or any day, they are to execute God’s authority God’s way. CPoW affirms that any power in human hands is to be authoritative, limited, and ministerial. (Romans 12:3 provides a good warning to us all.)
We affirm that when any person amalgamates all power into himself, he is a tyrant and he is anti-Christ. He is trying to usurp Christ’s place, and people will suffer horribly under such men. Limited government is not the legalization of vices and crime; it is putting the civil authority in submission to God, where it should be. That means Civil ministers bearing down on crime, having limited powers, based on written authority, and living at a level comparable to the people they serve. Ministers are not a nobility class, with expensive tastes and immunity from the law. Civil service does not mean self-service. If you question these tenets, I question your piety.