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Political Issues

This document reflects commonly held beliefs based on scripture which have been endorsed by the church's Commission on Doctrinal Purity and the Executive Presbytery.


Does the Assemblies of God involve itself in political issues?

The Assemblies of God is apolitical; that is, it takes a neutral stance on purely political issues. The role of government and politics is different from the role of the church. While the church and government are both institutions ordained by God (Romans 13:1-7) and should respect each other, it is imperative neither institution overstep its given role. Both serve God’s purposes through separate functions.

In recent years in America, however, the relationship between church and state has become increasingly complex and estranged. The reason for this change is a growing trend in government to redefine and politicize moral issues. This wholesale sell-out of these once concrete and absolute moral values comes in direct opposition to the message of the church as found in Scripture.

The alarming shift from a Judeo-Christian philosophy to secular humanism as the foundation of American government has created profound problems for all Bible-believing churches. More and more, government is defying biblical principles and interpreting sinful behavior as civil rights, i.e. abortion and homosexuality. The church as the body of Christ is obligated to respond.

While the Assemblies of God as an organization recognizes its calling and will continue to refrain from over-involvement in political issues, it will not abdicate its responsibility to speak out forcefully against immoral laws and oppose legislation which clearly defies Scripture. In these matters it will continue to recognize the supremacy of God’s law. Like Jesus’ disciples who ignored the order of the established authorities–not to teach as they were; we in the church, "must obey God rather than man" (Acts 5:29).

From this position the Assemblies of God encourages its members and adherents to influence society and the political process by voting, maintaining strong moral convictions and holy lifestyles (Matthew 5:13), praying for government officials (1 Timothy 2:2), encouraging and promoting legislation that strengthens the nation morally, and speaking out both corporately and individually against any political issue that would have an adverse affect upon the kingdom of God or His moral absolutes.

 

All Scripture quotations are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise specified.