Biblical Argument Against Democracy: With democracy itself threatening the eventual destruction of the State of Israel, Bob Enyart presents biblical arguments against the so-called right to vote...
- The majority is evil Mat. 7.
- "...wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and... many... go in by it." Mat. 7:13
- "...narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it." Mat.7:14
- Since the majority is evil, majority rule is guaranteed, over time, to be evil.
- So majority rule, on average, hastens government's descent into wickedness.
- Since the majority is evil, once a democratic government becomes evil, virtually nothing can restore it.
- While individuals often repent and turn toward God, the masses rarely do, especially not of their own leading.
- As in the modern vernacular, the Bible calls governing officials "authorities." Rom. 13 Titus 3 Luke 12 Acts 16
- Government authority does not imply majority rule, but rule over the majority. Rom. 13
- Democracy promotes arrogance, suggesting to people that the governing leaders should obey them.
- Democracy: people obey the gov't, which obeys the people, who obey the gov't, which obey the people, etc.
- Circular authority suffers from the same weakness as circular reasoning: both lack a valid foundation.
- Democracy promotes arrogance suggesting to people that they should be able to lord it over their neighbors.
- As it has been said, Better to live under one tyrant 3,000 miles away, than 3,000 tyrants one mile away.
- True authority, like water, flows downhill not up, not from the people to rulers but from rulers down. Num. 27
- Authority flows from God, through government, to men and passes through parents to reach children.
- "Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities..."
- For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.
- "Governing authorities" are from God and each official should act as "God's minister" Rom. 13.
- God has appointed all authority structures¾of parents, ministers, and governing officials.
- v. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and... will bring judgment on themselves.
- v. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good.
- God never established governance by committee, but governance by individuals.
- The desire to rule over others (Mat. 20, Mark 10) lurks among the vulgar lusts (Mat. 20; Mark 9; 10).
- Democracy exalts the vice of brazen self-promotion to the center of public life.
- In denial of Scripture, leftists believe men are basically good and so support rule by the people.
- Leftists inflate individual authority to release men from the restraint of government, church, and family.
- Man's inherent sinfulness indicates that democracy will systematically worsen government.
- Unlike majorities, even wicked individuals, i.e. Pilate, may decide justly, for their own reputation's sake.
- Voting negatives: Num. 27 & rep. Of the people, Numbers, rebellion of Korah...
- Elections "by smooth words and [with] flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple." Rom. 16
- Alcuin's Letter to Charlemagne 800 AD foolishly states "the voice of the people is the voice of God."
- President Millard Fillmore rightly said, "May God save the country, for it is obvious the people will not."
- The forces of Hell love democracy, including Hillary, Homosexuals, Humanists, and Hollywood.
- Because the majority is evil Mat. 7, democracy, that is, majority rule is inherently an evil government system.
- In a monarchy the king is likely to be corrupt, but he does not legalize his behavior.
- In a democracy everyone is made king, and laws are changed to permit wicked behavior.
- Since the majority is evil Mat. 7, democracy, that is, majority rule is inherently an evil government system.
- Democracy corrupts a nation's moral foundation, and most terribly, the moral foundation of the Church, for the same reason: because leaders, including Christian leaders, become apologists for their politician, their leader, their party.
In addition to the above biblical arguments, there are also political arguments against democracy (and against representative republics) which we hope to present on BEL sometime in 2015. :)
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* Post-show Note from a Listener: Because majority vote is an acceptable way to make various insignificant decisions, like a group of friends voting on which restaurant to visit, many may wrongly extrapolate to assume that political democracy is valid. Trivial examples, like selecting a restaurant, could abound because it is in such matters that pleasing the majority may be appropriate. So even though matters of morality, like economics, foreign policy, and human sexuality, never turn on the opinion of the majority, still, the reasonableness of a vote in some everyday matters may anesthetize our better senses regarding more crucial matters.
* Democracy and the Jewish Nature of the Israeli State: See our shared online spreadsheet, Israel's Jewish & Arab population percentages, updated through May 2016. Speaking with Israel's minister of tourism in the 1990s at a National Religious Broadcasters convention, Bob Enyart discussed the conflict between Israel's democratic principles with its identity as a Jewish state. Fast forward to 2014 and the NY Times report, Israel Struggles With Its Identity, and to 2016 with the latest population figures, showing that Israel's percentage of Jewish citizens has dropped from 86% to 75% as its percent of Arab population has increased from 14% to 21%. (And see also, by the way, that Israel is one of the few places in the otherwise Muslim Middle East where Arab women can vote.)