Core Value 13: Freedom of Religion

God has ordained civil government for the ordering of society in order to ensure the peaceful co-existence of all citizens irrespective of race or creed (Romans 13:1–7; 1 Timothy 2:1–4).

  • Therefore we affirm the responsibility of government to ensure that citizens are free to practise and propagate religion according to their consciences.
  • We deny that civil government has the right to prescribe or forbid any religion—be that religion Christianity, pluralism, secularism, or any other.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. What is the biblical relationship between government and religion?
  2. Why is the freedom of conscience in religion a necessary thing?
  3. In what ways might government “prescribe” a religion?
  4. In what ways might government “forbid” a religion?
  5. How does this value relate to the previous value on pluralism? Are they consistent or contradictory? Why?

THE CORE VALUES OF SOLA 5