Scripture is clear about false teachers. They sound smart, say things that seem intellectual and are charismatic or authoritative. They talk in broad sweeping statements about “religion” often portraying dedicated fundamental faith as lacking intellectual acumen. Matthew 7:15 tells us to beware of false prophets who appear to be timid and mild, they will devour you as wolves. In Colossians 2:8 we are warned against being deceived by the world’s philosophies driven by human traditions. 2 Peter 2:1-22 tells us that these false teachers will bring destructive heresies and actually deny Jesus. 2 John 10 tells us we should show false teachers no hospitality. Like the Pharisees of Jesus’ day, John 8:44 says they serve and speak for Satan. If Jesus was direct and intolerant of false teachers, we should be too. There is no room for it. Playing politically nice can give someone a false sense of validity even in their error. As much as we want to be nice, with an eternal spiritual existence in the balance, we cannot always afford that. Jesus gave false teachers no quarter calling them “generation of vipers,” “serpents,” and Paul said their mouths were open graves. (Matthew 3:7; 23:33; Romans 3:13)
Many attempt to explain what America would look like if it were a Christian theocracy. The idea that Jesus, God the Father or for that matter the Holy Spirit might want to establish a theocracy, or have world wide dominance in this temporal existence through God’s people is fundamentally flawed. The concept displays ignorance of Jesus purpose and teachings, and the Bible as a whole. Tying the activity of such a society to Old Testament standards, repercussions for immoral behavior, et, al, further highlights a lacking knowledge of scripture, Christ and the New Covenant. We often see religious professors write about such things. They write either to showcase their supposed vast understanding of the religions of the world. More often than not they believe all religions are equal. Some write to scare people, to purport the idea that Christians want such a government. Some write to simply opine a theory. In any case their identity with our temporal existence and the choice to limit God to the same finite life, naturally distorts perspective and understanding. God is far more grand than we can fathom (Isaiah 55:8-10).
Why could there never be a Christian theocracy? Simple, Jesus never wanted one nationally or globally. Since believers want what He wants we should never want those things. First, look at the attempts to force an Old Testament society into this paradigm. Proposing the idea that a Christian theocracy would implement Old Testament regulations and rituals is clearly absent of scriptural understanding. Jesus said,
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy but to fulfill. (Matthew 5:17).
When a false teacher begins to demand Old Testament societal standards, they do not understand Jesus. Jesus fulfilled all of it (Matthew 5:18). Everything is fulfilled in Christ. Marry this with the New Covenant passages (Jeremiah 31:31; Hebrews 8:8, 13; 12:24) and we understand the laws are to be written on our hearts our minds. Like King David said in Psalm 51:17, it is about the heart of an individual, not a national or global change. This is not a discussion about Israel, that is wholly different. This is a discussion about whether or not God would want a theocracy on earth, let alone what it might look like.
Second, understand Jesus never wanted such a kingdom. He said,
My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. (John 18:36)
Jesus followers tried to enthrone Him. He thwarted those affronts to accomplish His true mission, salvation of the world’s souls through self-sacrificial atonement on the cross and His vicarious death. (John 6:15; 12:13; Luke 19:38). Probably the most compelling argument is in Satan’s temptations in Matthew 4:8-9. He offered Jesus all the kingdoms He could see. Jesus said,
Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.(Matthew 4:10)
Why would Jesus never want a theocratic nation or world? He already has one and it will be erected here on earth in accordance with the Father’s timing and decision (Matthew 13:32). Jesus already controls everything (John 3:35; 13:3). When everything is completed in God’s plan, a perfect new Heaven and earth will be created for God’s glory (Revelation 21:1-2). There will be a theocracy that is perfect and undefiled, free from sin, sickness and death. For many reasons that will never happen in this temporal world, not the least of which is the faithlessness of most of mankind.
When there is a theocracy it will be universal stretching past the stars. Everyone will believe in the one true God of the Bible. His theocracy is not limited to our current meager physical world, or to a trifling single nation thereon. Jesus is King of Kings and Lord of Lords (1 Timothy 6:15; Revelation 17:14; 19:16). He establishes and removes kings (Daniel 2:20-21).
Desires for a theocracy are far afield of God’s desires for man to have a personal relationship with Him. Jesus avoided all those who attempted to politicize His message, enthrone Him or place Him into a temporally limited and finite leadership position in our world. God wants your mind, heart, soul and strength not devotion to a temporal kingdom. He wants your full unfettered faith in Him. Even His Heavenly kingdom is secondary to that desire as He left it to come here and sacrifice Himself on the cross for you. It is a shame that anyone would limit God to the world. But, that is all that many can see. Open your heart, mind and soul to greater things than this torn existence. Open them to Christ and His full freedom (John 8:32; 14:6).