CHURCH AND STATE BE SEPARATED?
The principle of separation of Church and State.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
The examples of David and Solomon are given in the Old Testament. Both were kings. Both wrote Scripture. Scripture, the word of God, is the beginning of the Church. Christ is the word of God. Solomon was the first to preach in the Temple of God in Jerusalem and offered sacrifices but did not officiate in the offerings.
THE POWER OF THE BIBLICAL CHURCH.
In Israel's later history king Uzziah did. " And they withstood Uzziah the king, and said unto him, It appertaineth not unto thee, Uzziah, to burn incense unto the LORD, but to the priests the sons of Aaron, that are consecrated to burn incense: go out of the sanctuary; for thou hast trespassed; neither shall it be for thine honour from the LORD God. Then Uzziah was wroth, and had a censer in his hand to burn incense: and while he was wroth with the priests, the leprosy even rose up in his forehead before the priests in the house of the LORD, from beside the incense altar. 2Ch 26:18 -19
So a king, Prime Minister or President is free to preach the word of God in or out of Church, as a lay preacher, as really anyone is who is appropriately gifted by the Holy Spirit. He is also free to use the word of God in Parliamentary debate or anywhere else. For the word of God is the ultimate authority and should be used in any controversy. The principle is set out by the Lord Jesus, when his disciples complain of someone honouring Christ but were not joined to the disciples. "Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me.' Mr 9:39
But heads of government should not be heads of Churches. the Pope is head of a Church and head of a government. He in fact is crowned with the words, "Receive the power to appoint every king and prince of the earth." i.e. he claims world rulership.
This is what the principle of separation of Church and state is primarily for. People in Christian societies do not want the Papacy to exercise authority over the State, because of the history of bloodshed and tyranny that it has produced. But separation of Church and State does not mean that a government should not be subject to the word of God.
So the Church has authority over its own affairs
and is free to rebuke kings and warn them of the consequences of their behaviour. God always defends his word correctly preached. But the unbiblical church has no power before God and should have no power before men. The Roman Catholic Church has no power before God.
THE POWER OF THE STATE.
The State also has power to admonish or punish Church Leaders who do not correctly preach the word of God, or who break the civil law, that is in accord with the word of God. For all evil, either in the Church or civil society brings God's judgment upon the land.
“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. For this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour. “ Ro 13:1-7