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Hausvater: /HAUS-fah-ter/
noun (German)
1. Housefather.
2. Spiritually responsible head of household, including the housefather as assisted by the housemother.
>> Example: "As the Hausvater should teach it [Christian doctrine] to the entire family ..."
(Martin Luther, Small Catechism, 1529)

Video Archive from: Called to Defend (Aug. 7, 2021)

Session 1: Knowing Your Place within God’s Three Fortresses

Rev. Dr. Adam Koontz, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind.

Co-host of the weekly podcast A Brief History of Power

  • God established the family, the church, and civil society.
  • He ordained them as three fortresses for protecting us.
  • What happens when one of them infringes upon the rights of the others?

Session 2: Discovering How the Church Has Resisted Tyranny

Dr. Ryan MacPherson, Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, Minn.

Author of “4 Levels of Injustice: Knowing When to Suffer Patiently and When to Resist”

  • Does Romans 13 demand passive obedience to all government dictates?
  • Does Christian freedom permit chaotic rebellion against government?
  • Learn how the Church has responded to tyranny by Nazism and by Soviet and Chinese Communism, and how we can apply those lessons to today’s issues.

Session 3: Standing against Unlawful Civil Authority Today

D. Colton Boyles, Esq., Boyles Law, PLLC, Sandpoint, Ida.

Idaho Counsel for AFLD and Candidate for Idaho Attorney General

[video link forthcoming]

  • Our state and federal constitutions are the Romans 13 authority God established.
  • When elected or appointed officials violate your rights, they violated God’s order.
  • Citizens have legal means available to assert their rights.
  • Lower officials have a conscientious duty to interpose against tyranny.
  • Learn about real-life examples from recent local and national events.

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