|The Kingdom was inaugurated at the
The Bible promises that it
will spread across the globe
All people will become more obedient to God's Law
The Christian Anarchist believes that social order is maintained by what Abraham Kuyper called "common grace." The vision of "Vine & Fig Tree" comes about as the Spirit of God brings increasing obedience to the Law of God. The most important social forces are prayer and virtue. America's Founding Fathers recognized this. Robert Winthrop, Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, declared
Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled either by a power within them or by a power without them; either by the Word of God or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible or by the bayonet.
Read what the Founders said about virtue and the safety of our republic:
The importance of religion (Christianity) as the foundation of an orderly republic where rights are secure was seen clearly by every single person who signed the Constitution, but has been deliberately obscured in our day. As a result, we trust the State rather than God. We give our offerings to the State rather than to God, paying about 5 times as much as God requires, and getting about 1/5 the national security that God promises. We have removed the Bible and Christianity and the Ten Commandments from our schools, and we wonder why crime increases year after year, and we turn to the State for salvation.
Let us review the comments of several respected political scientists and sociologists as they hand down a verdict against anarchism, and compare their verdict with God's judgment of their statism.
Everybody wants to prevent these sinful actions,
But if Mr. Jones wants to protect himself and his freedoms from the sinful "freedoms" of Mr. Smith, does he have the right to forcibly confiscate the wealth of Mr. Brown ("taxation") to hire a security force?
If Jones' security team ("constraining force") fails to prevent Smith's violation of Jones' freedom and protect Jones, does Jones or his henchmen have the moral right (from God) to return evil for evil? (Romans 12) Is physical vengeance the best way to deter future crimes against Jones?
The Bible does not give men the right (ethical authority) to form an institution of vengeance or "constraining power," especially one that funds its vengeance by confiscating the wealth of others by force
John Hospers, "Differences of Theory and Strategy," in Freedom and Virtue: The Conservative/Libertarian Debate, George W. Carey, ed., Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1984.
Let us then consider two theories of society and the state:
|Cost||50% taken in taxes||10% tithe (plus commitment to "family values" voluntarism [see North on "social overhead capital"]|
|national security||frequent military interventions abroad, terrorist threats at home|
||"Vengeance is Mine," saith the LORD.
Signer of the Declaration of Independence and Second President
of the United States
[I]t is religion and morality alone which can establish the
principles upon which freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of
a free constitution is pure virtue.
[W]e have no government armed with power capable of contending with
human passions unbridled by morality and religion. . . . Our
constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is
wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
The moment the idea is admitted into society, that property is not as
sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and
public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. If
"Thou shalt not covet," and "Thou shalt not steal,"
were not commandments of Heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts
in every society, before it can be civilized or made free.
Consider further how a moral Anarcho-Calvinism brings social order in the absence of "the State."
This is not "utopia." The Bible commands Christians in every walk of life to exert social pressure (be "salt" and "light") which reduces crime and results in social order:
Decentralized legal sanctions are an ethical mandate of the Bible, not idealistic pie-in-the-sky. This is not an option.
Throughout history we have seen examples of social order without "the State." Here are a few:
The International Non-Governmental Voluntary Resolution of Commercial Disputes
 Robert Winthrop, Addresses and Speeches on Various Occasions (Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1852), p. 172 from his "Either by the Bible or the Bayonet."