No King But
Reclaiming the Crown Rights
of Jesus Christ
Yet I have set My King On My holy hill
of Zion... Now therefore, be wise, O kings; Be instructed, you
judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, And rejoice with
trembling. Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, And you perish in
the way, When His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are
all those who put their trust in Him (Ps 2:6-12).
John Ashcroft (MO-R) spoke at Bob Jones University in May of
1999, his speech attracted little attention. But after President-elect
George W. Bush named Ashcroft Attorney General-designate, that
speech became the object of liberal outrage. Ashcroft s theme
was No King but King Jesus! Later, after liberal Senate Democrats
tried borking Ashcroft with protracted confirmation hearings,
they exacted from him an unholy pledge in which he repeatedly
promised he would enforce the laws of the land (i.e., re. abortion,
homosexuality, etc.) even though they may contradict his faith.
This is the
epochal crossroads at which every Christian in America now finds
himself. Will we adjust our faith to get along with an increasingly
anti-Christ government and culture? Or will we now dispense with
our distorted, compromised, me-centered American gospel and obey
and proclaim the Gospel of the Kingdom of God? Will we boldly
declare the Crown Rights of our Lord Jesus Christ over
the Church, the nation, and all the nations? Or will we continue
to compromise and slobber and beg and plead with wicked, petty
tyrants to please accept us t on their terms, to grant
us a seat at the table and even cut us a portion of the welfare
pie to help run our ministries?
If God is to
grant America another Great Awakening, Christians must repent
and unbendingly, boldly proclaim "Jesus is Lord" t
not Caesar, not Allah, not any other pretender to the sovereignty
and Deity which belong to Christ alone. Christ s rule
must be preached as it pertains to every area of American life,
including law and government. Our prayers, like those of the
early church (see Ps 2; Acts 4:23-33), must recognize Christ's
authority and the Church's mandate to proclaim it. Our
appointed task is to call America and every American to submit
to Christ as King!
The Distorted American Gospel
But even if we, or an angel from heaven,
preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to
you, let him be accursed (Gal 1:8-9).
the Apostles, saying, All authority in heaven and on
earth has been given to me. Go ye therefore, and teach
all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and
of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe
all things whatsoever I have commanded you (Mt 28:18-20)
Christ s resurrection
proved his Lordship, His supreme authority in Heaven and Earth,
His omnipotence and the surety of His every spoken word. As God
the pre-incarnate Son and Creator of heaven and earth, Jesus
already held total authority over mankind. But now, having purchased
man s redemption through His death on the Cross and having made
atonement by his sinless blood, He has become both Lord and Savior
to all who willingly bow the knee to Him. Nevertheless, He is
Lord of all!
us to proclaim His authority to all men and nations. Early Christians
and later the Reformers lost their lives for declaring that Jesus,
not the emperor, not the pope, was Lord.
is sovereign! He alone must be worshiped. Biblically the
state s authority is very limited. Whenever the state oversteps
its authority, God must be obeyed and not the state. The nation
that defies the laws of God is an outlaw state. Jesus is the
King of kings and Lord of lords! Yes, God is Love. But His love
is a holy love, a just love, a sovereign love. The Church in
America, which has pictured Christ as a loving, blessing, helping,
healing, merciful, kind, patient Savior Who exists to serve us
and answer our prayers (to the criminal neglect of emphasizing
His authority, government, justice, discipline, temporal and
eternal judgments), has wickedly distorted the gospel and radically
stripped it of its full power.
adequately to proclaim Christ s Lordship, they must understand
the extent of His authority and His jurisdiction.
Jesus made these matters abundantly clear in the Great Commission.
As to authority He has all authority. His jurisdiction extends
over all nations (Mt 28:18-20) and every creature (Mk 16:15).
Christ is Lord over every Individual
The Church in
America has not adequately declared Christ s Lordship (His authority
and jurisdiction) over the life of every individual.
The Gospel the
Apostles preached called believers not only to faith for salvation
but to the total submission of their lives, futures, possessions,
vocations, even their very minds and bodies to the Lordship of
Jesus Christ (2 Cor 10:5-6). Jesus told followers, "If
anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his
wife and children, his brothers and sisters--yes, even his own
life--he cannot be my disciple. And anyone who does not carry
his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple (Lk 14:26-27).
He promised eternal life, but also called for a life
of total sacrifice.
But the American
gospel has stripped away Christ s authority and jurisdiction
over men s motives, thoughts and deeds, exalting instead their
individual freedom. Few American Christians live as if Jesus
were truly Lord over ever sphere of their personal lives (e.g.,
the TV shows they watch, their work habits, the food they eat,
their sexual lives, how they spend their money, the places they
go, how they manage their time and spend their leisure, etc.).
In America any
preaching of Christ s Lordship has not translated into
the personal sanctification for many if not most, even
sincere believers Emphasis on Biblical holiness has been
replaced with formulas for health, wealth, self-esteem, social
success and other man-centered aspirations.
In some churches,
feminist egalitarianism, tolerance for homosexuality, radical
environmentalism, unbiblical pacifism and other politically correct
themes have replaced the preaching of the gospel altogether.
With this utter
perversion of the Lordship of Christ within the visible American
Church, is it any wonder that the idea of individual rights in
society has become so perverted t such that a woman s unlimited
right to abortion is now protected in American law and homosexual
partners are awarded tax-paid or employer-paid spousal benefits?
Christ is Lord over Every Earthly
He is the image of the invisible God, the
Firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created:
things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether
thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created
by Him and for Him (Col 1:15-16).
Rights of Jesus extend to every Divine and human institution:
every marriage, family, church, nation, government and private
agency. He is Lord over law, government, politics, business,
science, education, the arts, entertainment, and every endeavor
of mankind. This is His authority and His jurisdiction, and Christians
have the gospel obligation to stand upon and proclaim this plain
gospel truth, and to defend it with their lives.
Lost men often
understand this better than God s own people. Why else did Herod
try to kill all the babies in Bethlehem? Why else did Caesar
single out Christians while leaving those who worshiped other
non-Roman gods free to practice their religions? Why else do
the Chinese Communists target the house church movement for extermination?
Why do the People for the American Way, the ACLU and the Democrat
leaders on the Senate Judiciary Committee rage against Christ,
the Bible, and all who hold them dear, while defending abortionists,
homosexuals, pornographers, and Islamists? Why the extraordinary
effort to expel prayer, the Ten Commandments, the Bible, and
every other Christian religious expression from the schools and
every public place in America? It is the same rage about which
the psalmist spoke in Psalm 2 and that the early church prayed
against in Acts 4.
Christ is Sovereign over Every Civil
For the nation or kingdom that will not serve
you will perish; it will be utterly ruined (Is 60:12)
the Apocalypse as a message from Jesus Christthe ruler
of the kings of the earth. In it the kings of the earth
made war with the Lamb.
But the Lamb
overcame them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings
Astride a white horse, accompanied by His saints, on Jesus robe
and thigh were written, KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS
to Revelation, Scripture details God s interactions with the
kings of the earth and their accountability to Him. Paul preached
to King Agrippa and eagerly anticipated his opportunity to preach
to the Roman emperor, Caesar Nero. Luther, too, preached to emperors
and popes. Calvin, Knox and their disciples made a habit not
only to pray for those in civil authority, but to see that the
Word of God was fully and often preached to them, privately and
By the time
of America s founding, kings, governors and magistrates throughout
the western world were regularly visited by leading preachers
who carefully detailed God s Biblical requirements for civic
leaders and warned them of the dire consequences for disobedience.
given by colonial preachers to their governors and other civil
leaders received careful attention and were sincerely heeded.
The political sermons of the founding era played a major part
in forming the consciences and philosophy of many of the Founding
Fathers. Today, our leading pastors, evangelists and laymen,
are called evil in public and treated with contempt by Godless
Senators and candidates for high office.
have opinions concerning homosexuality being promoted in America
s television, schools and laws today? Regarding abortion, pornography
on the Internet, Israel and the Palestinians, property rights,
judicial appointees, etc.? Indeed, as Creator and Lord He has
more than opinions. He has eternal, immutable, absolute laws
and decrees that He intends fully to enforce. America dare
not misunderstand or presume upon His remarkable patience.
Blessings for Obedience, Curses for
God has not
changed since He promised to bless Israel for obedience and curse
them for disobedience at the giving of His law nearly 3500 years
(Dt 28). The same blessings still belong to every nation that
will uphold the Crown Rights of Jesus Christ by
believing Him, submitting to His authority and obeying His commands.
The curses for disobedience, too, await every nation that
rejects His authority. Our Founding Fathers understood this
perfectly. Consider excerpts from a call to repentance and prayer
issued by the Continental Congress on June 7, 1775:
As the great Governor of the world, by His
supreme and universal providence, not only conducts the course
of nature with unerring wisdom and rectitude, but frequently
influences the minds of men to serve the wise and gracious purposes
of His providential government; and it being at all times our
indispensable duty devoutly to acknowledge His superintending
providence, especially in times of impending danger and
public calamity, to reverence and adore His immutable justice,
as well as to implore His merciful interposition for our deliverancet
This Congress, therefore, considering the
present critical, alarming, and calamitous state of these colonies
do earnestly recommend that Thursday, the 20th day of July next,
be observed by the inhabitants of all the English Colonies on
this continent, as a day of public humiliation, fasting, and
prayer; that we may , with united hearts and voices, unfeignedly
confess and deplore our many sins, and offer up our joint supplications
to the all-wise , omnipotent, and merciful Disposer of all events;
humbly beseeching Him to forgive our iniquities, to remove our
present calamities, to avert those desolating judgments with
which we are threatenedthat these colonies may ever be under
the care and protection of a kind Providence and be prospered
in all their interests; that the divine blessings may descend
and rest upon all our civil rulers, and upon the representatives
of the people in their several assemblies and conventions,
that they may be directed to wise and effectual measures for
preserving the union, and securing the just rights and privileges
of the colonies; that virtue and true religion may revive and
flourish throughout our land; and that all America my soon behold
a gracious interposition of heaven, for the redress of her many
grievances, the restoration of her invaded rights, a reconciliation
with the parent State, on terms constitutional and honorable
to both; and that her civil and religious privileges may be secured
to the latest posterity.
And it is recommended to Christians, of all
denominations, to assemble for public worship, and to abstain
from servile labor and recreation on said day.
Ordered that a copy of the above be signed
by the President and attested by the Secretary and published
in the newspapers, and in handbills (Signed by John Hancock,
President, and Charles Thomson, Secretary of the 2nd Continental
Similar calls to prayer and repentance were
issued repeatedly during the War for Independence, the framing
of the Constitution and the addition of the Bill of Rights in
1791. And they have been called periodically since then. Clearly,
our founders believed that Jesus was Lord and that our nation
was dependent upon and would be held fully accountable to Him.
We Must Act to
Reclaim Christ s Crown in America!
the faith and obedience of our forefathers and has mightily blessed
our nation. When Islamists attacked America on 9/11/01, President
Bush initiated a quick and appropriate military response. The
need for an immediate and sustained response to the war to dethrone
Christ in our nation is even greater. But an effective response
to the war against Christ s authority, reversing the moral and
spiritual tide, and rebuilding a spiritually healthy nation atop
the moral and spiritual ruin that has already taken place, will
take faith, resolve, commitment, endurance and patience much
greater than that required to deal with the Islamists.
The moral and
spiritual defense of Christian faith in America is a matter of
our children s very survival. But Christ has commissioned us
not just to defend the faith but to advance it. We are to be
on the offense. We are not to tolerate evil, but to destroy the
works of the devil. We must arrest the Church and our nation
s slide to moral corruption and godless tyranny.
must urgently arise both to defend and reclaim the Crown
Rights of Jesus Christ in our own land, and go forth
from here effectively to proclaim to all nations that the Jesus
we crucified is and will forever be KING OF KINGS AND LORD
OF LORDS (i.e., all kings, all presidents, all prime ministers,
The Importance of Prayer
Soon after Pentecost,
weeks after Jesus was crucified, Peter and John were arrested,
grilled, threatened and commanded to cease preaching in the Name
of Jesus Christ. They refused. When the fledgling church heard
what had happened, they lifted their voices to God and prayed
Psalm 2, Why do the heathen rage? Facing the threat of arrest
and a hostile Roman Empire, they did not shrink back but prayed
and acted boldly. They prayed Old Testament declarations regarding
the rule of Christ. As they prayed, the presence of God so powerfully
manifested that the building shook. They went forth from there
to proclaim the Crown Rights of Jesus Christ in
the face of persecution, imprisonment and death.
The same Word
and Spirit Who emboldened that tiny band of Jewish believers
and enabled them to preach the Crown Rights of Jesus
to much of the known world, is prepared to embolden and empower
believers today. If a sufficient remnant will arise to proclaim
the Crown Rights of Christ, as did the early believers,
there is still hope for a turnaround in America.
Please Join us in Bold,
- Lord, Reveal Yourself Afresh
to Your Church in America. Let us see You as You are: the Supreme
Ruler of the Universe, in all your splendor and glory. You are
King of our nation & all the nations.
Grant Your People new unction to Proclaim Your Crown Rights
over America and the nations. In Jesus' Name. Amen (Dt 10:14-17;
1 Chr 16:23-31; 29:11-12; Ps 29:all; 145:all; Is 6:1-3; Acts
4:24-31; 1 Tim 6:12-16; 1 Jn 3:2-7; Rev 17:14; 19:11-16).