Repent NZ

The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until tribute comes to him; and to him shall be the obedience of the peoples. (Genesis 49:10)

The Cornerstone Challenge

A statement on the primacy of the Lord Jesus, and its implications for the relationship of Church and State.


Article I: The reign of Christ over all things

We affirm the plain teaching of Scripture that:

  1. The Lord Jesus is presently reigning from the right hand of God as head over all things. He has been given all dominion, power, and authority in both heaven and on earth, so that all things are, by right, under his feet.

    Matthew 28:18; Ephesians 1:20–22; 4:10; 1 Corinthians 15:27; Philippians 2:9; Colossians 2:10; 1 Peter 3:22

  2. The nations of the earth are included in “all things.” Thus, Jesus is “the ruler of the kings of the earth,” and the rightful head of all nations. These nations are therefore duty-bound to recognize, establish, and promote his reign, serving as his disciples.

    Revelation 1:5; 12:5; Psalm 2:7–12; 24:1; 72:11; 82:8; 89:27–29; Isaiah 49:22–23; Daniel 2:44; 7:13–14; Acts 17:30; Romans 13:1–7; 1 Peter 2:13–14

  3. The Church, as Christ’s body, is the instrument by which he advances his rule. He is pleased to use the ministry of the word and sacraments, via local assemblies of his Church, to increase the recognition, establishment, and promotion of his reign. For this very reason he commands, as our Great Commission, that we make the nations into disciples, instructing them in his law and training them in righteousness.

    Matthew 28:18–20; Daniel 7:27; Isaiah 2:2–4; 60:1–2, 11–12, 15–16; Zechariah 14:8–9; 1 Timothy 3:15; Revelation 21:2, 9–10, 24–25

  4. Christ has equipped us for this Great Commission by the provision of his Holy Scripture and Spirit. The Bible is sufficient and profitable for training in righteousness unto every good work, through the power of the Holy Spirit. The Church is therefore authorized and empowered by Christ to judge and instruct on any issue of good or evil, whether ecclesiastical, domestic, or civil.

    2 Timothy 3:16–17; Deuteronomy 4:5–8; Romans 7:12; Psalm 19:7–11; Proverbs 1:7; 1 Corinthians 6:1–8


Article II: The relationship of Church and State

We affirm the plain teaching of Scripture that:

  1. God has appointed to the State (represented by magistrates: rulers, officials, judges, police) the ministry of the sword. The duty of this ministry is to act as Christ’s servant, in his stead, to administer his justice by upholding good and punishing evil. The Church therefore must recognize the State’s authority as Christ’s servant.

    Romans 13:1–7; Titus 3:1; 1 Peter 2:13–14; Proverbs 16:12; 25:5; 2 Chronicles 34:1–7, 19–21, 31–33; Isaiah 49:23

  2. God has appointed to the Church (represented by local assemblies) the ministry of the word. The duty of this ministry is to act as Christ’s servant, in his stead, to administer his righteousness by instructing all men in the knowledge of good and evil. The State therefore must recognize the Church’s authority as Christ’s servant.

    Acts 6:4; 24:24–25; 26:27–29; Deuteronomy 17:14–20; 2 Chronicles 34:1–7, 19–21, 31–33; Nehemiah 13:10–31; Jonah 3:6–10; Ezra 1:2–4; 6:1–12; 7:12–28; Daniel 3:28–4:3; 4:34–37; 6:25–28; Ezekiel 28:2; Amos 1:3–2:3; 1 Timothy 2:1–4


Article III: General principles of application

In light of these truths, we challenge all believers that:

  1. The Church is required by God to instruct the State in good and evil. This instruction should be in word and in deed. In word, she should seek every opportunity to make known to her magistrates what Christ requires of them. In deed, she should model for them true obedience to Christ, by submitting to them when they are acting faithfully as his ministers, enforcing justice; and by resisting them when they are acting as ministers of lawlessness against his reign.

  2. The State is required by God to receive the instruction of the Church. Magistrates should seek and apply the instruction of the Church when she is acting faithfully as Christ’s minister, teaching his law. They should ignore it when she is instead mishandling his word.

  3. The separation of Church and State does not imply the separation of the State and God’s law. The authority of Jesus over every nation is an inescapably political fact. (In New Zealand, it is even embedded into our national anthem.) Although the Church does not have authority to administer civil affairs, Jesus does, and so the Church, as his body on earth, is obligated to represent him in civil affairs. When she withdraws from the public square, she does not cease to instruct the State, but rather instructs it in deed that there is no higher God above it. In doing this, she rejects the Great Commission, speaks fraudulently on behalf of her Lord, and places another authority over him. Inasmuch as the Church has done this, she is guilty of desertion, blasphemy and idolatry which facilitates state-worship—resulting in the very tyranny under which we now live.


Sign this challenge statement

If you agree with the Cornerstone Challenge, we invite you to publicly affirm it by becoming a signatory. When you do, your name will be added to the list of signatories beneath this form.


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Signatories

  • Christopher J R Wood
  • Wellington
  • New Zealand
  • Scott D Kennedy
  • Auckland
  • New Zealand
  • R Vijil Smith
  • Waikato
  • New Zealand
  • Paul Facey
  • An aspiring teacher, theologian, and historian, making content for the edification of Christ's body under the name "The Other Paul".
  • Sydney
  • Australia
  • Matthew Cart
  • Elder, Dominion Reformed Fellowship
  • Minerva/Atwater, OH
  • United States
  • Cody BROS
  • Planting Pastor of Gospel Church Central Hunter
  • Branxton, NSW
  • Australia
  • Jesse Cadd
  • Newberg, Oregon
  • United States
  • Samuel Vink
  • Cleaner, Anglican
  • Hamilton
  • New Zealand
  • Joshua Carlson
  • United States
  • Daniel Knopp
  • Aloha, Oregon
  • United States
  • Scott Blankenship
  • OK
  • United States
  • Kurt Buchert
  • Florida
  • United States
  • Steven Morris
  • Pastor - Resurrection Presbyterian Church
  • Illinois
  • United States
  • Marc-Antoine Jacquet
  • Rotorua
  • New Zealand
  • Jay Litehiser
  • Germany
  • Bill Izard
  • United States
  • Christopher Sloane
  • Ohio
  • United States
  • Josh Griffing
  • United States
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  • United States
  • Anthony Barnhart
  • Ohio
  • United States
  • J█████ E███████
  • Unlikely Church Planter ready for real fellowship.
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  • United States
  • Lachlan Grigg
  • Lake Macquarie, NSW
  • Australia
  • Sarah Tennant
  • New Zealand
  • Michael Szelistowski Jr
  • MD
  • United States
  • Jeremy Mitchler
  • United States
  • Jaycen Mouillesseaux
  • California
  • United States
  • Edward Simmons
  • A bond-servant, foot soldier, and troubadour of Christ my king.
  • United States
  • Craig Bell
  • Cambridge
  • New Zealand
  • Mike Becker
  • United States
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  • United States
  • Terry Lenstra
  • Dubuque, IA.
  • United States
  • David Eck
  • Husband, father, and entrepreneur.
  • Liberty Lake, WA
  • United States
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  • Aussie lady
  • Australia
  • Brandon Pierce
  • United States
  • Arlano Aquino
  • Philippines
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  • New Zealand
  • J█████ H█████
  • United States
  • Caleb Mohr
  • Husband, Father, Grandfather, Postmill, Patriarch, Son of Liberty
  • Florida, USA
  • United States
  • Daniel Roberts
  • Orlando, Florida
  • United States
  • Samuel O’Connell
  • Manawatu/Wanganui
  • New Zealand
  • Jeffrey Houghton
  • Psalm 110
  • United States
  • Gabriel Mira
  • United States
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  • New Zealand
  • Andre Ducai
  • Defender of unborn
  • Auckland
  • New Zealand
  • Steve Plodinec
  • Pastor, Redeemer Bible Church
  • OK
  • United States
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  • New Zealand
  • Justin Collins
  • RN BSN
  • Kansas
  • United States
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  • New Zealand
  • Timothy White
  • Servant of God and Co-Heir with Christ
  • Texas
  • United States
  • Steven Loewen
  • Canada
  • Oli Preston
  • Anglican
  • Christchurch
  • New Zealand
  • David Preston
  • Christchurch
  • New Zealand

New Zealand’s national anthem

E Ihowa Atua,
Oh Lord, God
O ngā iwi mātou rā,
Of nations and of us too
Āta whakarongona;
Listen to us
Me aroha noa
Cherish us
Kia hua ko te pai;
Let goodness flourish
Kia tau tō atawhai;
May your blessings flow
Manaakitia mai
Defend/bless
Aotearoa
New Zealand

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Statement of faith

Repent NZ affirms the historic core doctrines of Christianity:

  1. We believe the Bible to be the inerrant Word of God, our only ultimate and infallible authority, sufficient to fully equip us with wisdom for salvation and godly living.

  2. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He is limited by nothing other than his own nature and character, which is holy, righteous, good, severe, loving and merciful. He made everything that has been made in six days, all very good, and foreordains whatever comes to pass, preserving and governing all his creatures and all their actions.

  3. We believe in the true deity and full humanity of our Lord Jesus Christ; in his virgin birth; in his sinless life; in his miracles; in his vicarious and atoning death through his shed blood; in his bodily resurrection for our justification; in his ascension to the right hand of the Father from where he now reigns over every created thing; and in his personal future return in power and glory.

  4. We believe in the full deity of the Holy Spirit, acknowledging him together with the Father and the Son in the works of creation and redemption; and in his present ministry indwelling Christians, enabling them to know God, understand his will, and live in accordance with it.

  5. We believe that because of Adam’s sin, all mankind is in rebellion against God; the only remedy for this rebellion is regeneration by the Holy Spirit; and the only way to escape judgment is to receive the covering of Christ’s righteousness. Salvation is therefore by grace alone, through faith alone, and our works can add nothing to our standing before God; yet a faith that saves does work through love by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.

  6. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the saved to the resurrection of life, and the lost to the resurrection of damnation.

  7. We believe in the spiritual unity of all believers as sons of God the Father, in our Lord Jesus Christ, through his Holy Spirit.