|Mercy Street Church of Christ
Models of church and state...
Relations between church and state have been notoriously
controversial throughout the Christian centuries. To
oversimplify, four main models have been tried --
Erastianism (the state controls the church), theocracy (the
church controls the state), Constantinianism (the
compromise in which the state favours the church and the
church accommodates to the state in order to retain its
favor), and partnership (church and state recognize and
encourage each other's distinct God-given responsibilities
in a spirit of constructive collaboration). The fourth
seems to accord best with Paul's teaching in Romans 13.
grace and peace to you,
For Mercy Street Ministries, I'm Stan Baldwin.
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