From: Bob Williams



God is a God of order and organization Who established four divine institutions for the benefit of His creation. Unfortunately, Satan entered the scene, corrupted Adam and Eve, resulting in chaos and rebellion against God’s express will. Christian apologists extol the virtues of mankind stating we are “made in the image of God.” However, the Scriptures testify that even though our progenitors, Adam and Eve, were created in the image of God. Genesis 5:3 tells us: “And Adam ... begat a son in his own likeness, after his image.” Consequently, we are born in Adam’s image, which is why there is no inherent good in our hearts which are “only evil continually,” (Gen. 6:5). In other words, we are rebellious and disobedient preferring to do our own thing. Fortunately we have a loving God Who established some institutions for our welfare and protection.

The first divine institution is that of human volition which was established in Genesis 2:16-17 when God gave instructions to Adam as to what he could do, and what he should not do. Human volition is the free will of anyone to make whatever choice they choose to make. Some of the choices are sound according to what God says is right and wrong in His Word. Free will carries with it the responsibility of personal accountability to a higher authority. That authority is God and there are consequences, over which we have no control, for the choices we make. 

The second institution is that of marriage. This was established in Genesis 2:22-24 when God made Eve and the institution of marriage was established between the man and the woman. Marriage becomes the most basic, elemental unit within society and social activity. Marriage facilitates stability and fulfillment, eliminates loneliness and is the most personal and intimate of relationships. The man and woman essentially become one flesh, with one heart and purpose, serving the Lord. That is the ideal. The most obvious purpose of this institution is to carry on the human race to “fill the earth.”

The third is the institution of family which was first established in Genesis 4:1. A patriarchal system now exists whereby the head of the family has tremendous responsibility in providing protection, material needs, security, love, acceptance and stability. Within the family unit, truth and culture are to be passed on to the next generation. The family is the basic building block of society.

The fourth is the institution of human government, also known as nationalism. This was established with Noah in Genesis 9:1 and further elaborated on by the Apostle Paul in Romans 13. Human government is designed to provide protection for the first three institutions, as it encourages the good and punishes the evil. Nationalism also promotes the establishing of diverse nations – just the opposite of a one-world government which Satan sought to establish in Genesis 10-11 and which many globalists want to see today. The institution of individual nations over all the earth provides the best opportunity for families to be able to find God and to pursue truth without the evil influences and persecutions which are often associated with that pursuit. 

These four divine institutions have been established by God for the optimal functioning and perpetuation of human society. Anything which negatively influences any of these institutions not only has a negative effect on that institution, but on society as a whole. Optimal function depends on the absolute truth operational within that institution, beginning with the choices we make. Absolute truth is found only in God’s Word.