Distinct Roles of Church and State
A Sermon on Ephesians 5:3-5
But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. (ESV)
The great message of Christianity is that we are not only saved from our sin and made right before a holy God, but we are made new creatures as the first fruits of the new creation in Christ. In Ephesians 5:3-5, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones demonstrates how Scripture undercuts all doctrines of antinomianism, because by the power of the Holy Spirit all who are true believers are renewed and transformed daily through God’s grace. For it is the Gospel that truly transforms fallen men and women; it alone can overcome the depravity of fallen human nature and make it new in Christ. This is why all attempts to make men moral without the Gospel fail to address the deepest need of men. For when the church becomes more concerned with moralism than the Gospel, it loses focus of its mission. This has often happened throughout the history of the church, and today many are repeating this error. The remedy to this is to see the distinction between the church and the State. For it is the church that has been given the Gospel and it is the state that is to rule and bring justice. As Dr. Lloyd-Jones powerfully proclaims, the church must never stray away from its main goal in proclaiming the Gospel of God’s grace.