Pastor Chuck Baldwin:
“Ecclesiastes 3:16-17: They see themselves as but beasts. When men reject natural law and the principles of God’s order and society, they become beast-like. It’s the animal kingdom. Dog eat dog. Whoever is the toughest kills and destroys and eats the one who is weaker. And I love what the philosopher Hobbs said: “To make covenants with brute beasts is impossible.” You can’t make agreements with animals. They have no conscience or understanding at all.
Jesus used this same analogy in Luke 13:32 when he said, “Go tell that fox [King Herod] I cast out devils [demons] and do cures today and tomorrow and the third day I am perfected.” He referred to Herod as an animal because Herod had abrogated the principles of law and right and authority and so forth. He was acting as a beast; and Jesus called him a beast. Go tell that fox.
The apostle Paul did the same thing in Acts Chapter 23:3-5.
3 Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whited [whitewashed] wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law?
4 And they that stood by said, Revilest thou God’s high priest?
5 Then said Paul, I wist not [no knowledge of], brethren, that he was the high priest: for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people.
If humans do not regard justice when considering government in submission they reduce themselves to the brutish status of beasts, is what I am saying. They have reduced themselves to the brutish status of beasts.
Go to Titus1:12: “One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said that the Cretians are liars, evil beasts [see that? Evil beasts]. Slow bellies. This witness is true: “Wherefore rebuke them sharply.” Rebuke them sharply! So what should we do when our civil magistrates start acting like brute beasts and try to enforce their wills upon us simply because they are in a position of power? We should rebuke them! And resist them! As free men and women!
Despite God’s permitting oppressive kings, foreign or national, in the Old Testament to enslave Israel, which was because of their sin, God also raised up judges to destroy tyrants. In other words, if God would use tyrants to judge people, God would use people to judge tyrants. God used foreign adversaries of Israel to judge the people of Israel for their sin, he used Gideon and Sampson and so forth to judge the tyrants because of their sin. Why? Because God establishes the natural order of law. And every power, even the higher powers, must submit to the Highest Power of God.
If humans do not regard justice when considering government in submission they reduce themselves to the brutish status of beasts, is what I am saying. They have reduced themselves to the brutish status of beasts.”
Pastor Chuck Baldwin