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The Principle Approach
The Principle Approach
The Seven Principles - Each principle builds on the one before.
1. God’s Principle of individuality (John 1:3, 1 Cor. 12:4-11)
Doctrinal Application: Our God is Himself an individual who made us in His image for a providential purpose.
Personal Application: My unique individuality has a purposeful destiny that can only be fulfilled through Christ’s redemption.
2. The Principle of Christian Self-Government (Pro. 16:32, 1 Tim. 3:5)
Doctrinal Application: Knowing God through Christ teaches me to obey Him and enjoy liberty with law.
The greater the intellectual progress of the ages, the more fully will it be possible to employ the Bible not only as the Foundation, but as the instrument of education.
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Personal Application: I am only properly self-governed when governed by Christ.
3. The Principle of Christian Character (Matt. 7:24-29, 2 Tim. 4:7, Phil. 4:13, Acts 24:16)
Doctrinal Application: As my character is forged by Christ, I reach my fullest expression and enjoy harmony with others.
Personal Application: My character predicts the success and happiness of fulfilling my destiny.
4. Conscience is the Most Sacred Property (Gen. 1:1, Isa 43:7, Eph 2:10, Rev 4:11)
Doctrinal Application: Righteous law protects life and property; consent is the title to conscience.
Personal Application: My stewardship of property, both internal and external, has consequences.
5. The Christian Form of Our Government (Deut. 1:9-18, Isa 33:22, Mat. 22:35-40)
Doctrinal Application: The form of government proven to best protect life and property is a Christian constitutional federal republic.
Personal Application: As I learn to think governmentally, I can balance the three powers of government to avert the tyranny of self in my personal conduct.
6. Planting the Seed of Local Self-Government (Deut. 10:12-14, Isa. 9:6, Luke 9:6)
Doctrinal Application: Education is the cause to effect multi-generational maintenance of a Christian republic.
Personal Application: I continually sow seeds in my thought, speech, and actions; consequently I continually reap the results.
7. The Christian Principle of American Political Union (1 Cor. 1:10, Psa. 133:1, Eph. 4:1-3)
Doctrinal Application: The internal gives rise to the external.
Personal Application: Internal unity spawns external union.