Answering Steve Hays on Culture Warriors and Evangelical Political Activism
What do the Scriptures Teach about the Relationship of the Church with Civil Government?
Remind them to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed. Marshall points out “Titus is to remind his congregations of the teaching they already know which needs repetition, αὐτούς must refer in context to all the members of the church (cf. 2:15). The implication is that previous oral teaching had been given.” Remind them, Paul tells Titus. This strongly indicates that this is not the first time the Church heard this instruction.
I think Dr. MacArthur has the biblical perspective on this issue. He continues, But neither the New Testament nor the example of the early church justifies such a mentality. The cause of Christ cannot be protected or expanded by social intimidation any more than by government decree or military conquest. Ours is a spiritual warfare against human ideologies and beliefs that are set up against God and that can only be successfully conquered with the weapon of the Word (see 2 Cor. 10:3–5 ).
In his book The Evangelical Pulpit, John Seel writes,