DOCTRINE OF PRIVACY
Definition: Privacy is having the freedom to be apart from the observation and company of others. It is the innate right of every member of the human race to seclusion.
It is a principle of freedom; whereby, an individual has the right to withdraw from the company of others, remaining in seclusion from the knowledge or observation of others.
Privacy is a basic concept of happiness and freedom, along with property and life.
The laws of divine establishment guarantee the privacy of every member of the human race so that they can exercise their freedom uncoerced. The exception is criminals.
4 Laws of Divine Establishment
1) Freedom of Choice
2) Freedom of Marriage
3) Freedom of Family
4) Freedom of Nationalism
A quick look at our Constitution’s Preamble and Declaration of Independence shows that our forefathers had God given privacy in mind as they created a new nation.
The Declaration of Independence
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. …………
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.
The Constitution of the United States of America
Preamble: We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Every believer has additional rights to privacy, because you are a Royal Priest. You have a right to privacy in fulfilling the principle of living your life as unto the Lord without coercion.
1 Pet 2:9, “But you are a chosen race, A royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
Throughout the gospels, the Lord dealt with the disciples privately, since much of what occurred was “family business.” Mt 17:19; 24:3; Mk 4:34; 9:28; 13:3; Lk 10:23.
Whether a person sins or not, is not the issue. If a person sins, his privacy must still be respected. Mt 18:15-18; Gal 6:1
Gal 6:1, “Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted.”
Paul respected the privacy of the leaders of the Jerusalem church when he presented his gospel to the Gentiles for their consideration. Yet, he did not get revenge or react or sin when others violated his privacy. Gal 2:2-5
Principle: You are to give others privacy, but when your privacy is violated, you don’t retaliate; you turn it over to God.
The Royal Priesthood must have privacy to fulfill its function.
Col 3:17, “And whatever you do in word or deed, keep doing all things by the name of the Lord Jesus, constantly giving thanks through Him to God the Father.”
You do not have the right to intrude into the privacy of other believers. Jn 21:21‑22
(Peter was sticking his nose into John’s business; the Lord told him it was none of his business what happened to John. Peter was to pay attention to his own life before the Lord.)
Judging others is a violation of their privacy. Rom 14:4-13
2 Thes 3:11‑12, “For we hear that some among you are leading an undisciplined life, doing no work at all, but acting like busybodies [violators of privacy]. Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to work in quiet fashion and eat their own bread.” (`Eat their own bread’ is an idiom for minding your own business.)
Notice that Paul did not single out the offenders. He did not treat them as they were treating others, but he gave them privacy and freedom to learn from his correction.
This includes parents whose children have moved out. Once they leave home, you have no right to interfere in their life.
Principle: Live and let live.
The believer in reversionism continually violates the privacy of others. 1 Tim 5:13
1 Tim 5:13, “And at the same time also, they learn to be idle, having wandered around from house to house; and not merely idle, but also gossips, intruders of privacy, constantly saying those things which ought not to be mentioned.”
The violation of someone’s privacy is the same as violating his or her other freedoms.
When you violate one freedom, you are violating other freedoms.
When you stick your nose into the private affairs of someone else, you have violated their freedom.
Lev 19:18, “You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the LORD.”
When you violate the principle of life by murder, slavery, and tyranny, you have also robbed other freedoms from that and other individuals.
Likewise stealing violates the freedom to personal and private property.
Gossiping, maligning, and judging also violate privacy.
1 Pet 4:15, “By no means let any of you suffer as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a troublesome meddler (“busy body” KJV) [one who violates the privacy of others].
Intrusion into the privacy of someone else is comparable to stealing and murder in the eyes of God, because freedom is the issue.
Rom 13:9-10, “For this, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”
Freedom means the right to life, property, and privacy.
The only way we can maintain freedom and privacy is to be diligent in the intake and application of God’s Word.
2 Tim 2:15, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. 16But avoid worldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness, 17and their talk will spread like gangrene.”
James 2:8, “If, however, you are fulfilling the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well.”
1 Peter 2:16, “Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God. 17Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king.” W/ Gal 5:13