Patrick Bohan for Congress

The principle for the separation of powers (and checks and balances) between the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government can be found in Isaiah 33:22 “For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our Lawgiver, the Lord is our King.” Since God is perfect, He can handle all three duties, but since man is fallible these functions must be separated.

The Founders settled on a Constitutional Republic with checks and balances and the separation of powers because Jeremiah 17:9 warns us that man is “deceitful above all things and desperately wicked.” As Charles de Montesquieu said “When the legislative and executive powers are united in the same person …. there can be no liberty.” Furthermore, “Again there in no liberty if the power of judging is not separated from the legislative and executive powers.” [i]

[i] David Barton, The Founders Bible, Shiloh Road Publishing, Newberry Park CA, 2012, 1067