There are no occurrences of the words “statist” or “statism” in the KJV or any other translations I checked.
The following are from a Biblical perspective:
Letters to Jessica, The Lessons, 2
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Statism and democracy are both based on belief. Lesson 4 shows you this is true, although hardly ever realized. Statism is a product of human imagination. It is part of the inner world of the mind, not part of the outer world of reality. Democracy, as well, demands belief in the wisdom and authority of the majority. Theocracy merely requires a change in belief from the immortal, invisible, sovereign state to the immortal, invisible, sovereign God. Belief in the state has lead us steadily down the road to mutually assured destruction. New Covenant theocracy is the very opposite of statism. It leads down the road to mutually assured affection because we are commanded to love, not only our neighbor, but our enemy, as well.
Is statism a religion? Statism recognizes an incorporeal, all-powerful, immortal super-human person, the state. Deep respect and awe for the state are called patriotism. Reverent honor and homage to the state are rendered with the pledge of true faith and allegiance, the national anthem, and other patriotic observances, but most especially by the sacrifice of one's life on the command of the state. Men invoke the name and power of the state on a daily basis: as they make and enforce enactments that establish the standards of right and wrong for the community and as they begin all judicial proceedings, for example.
Letters to Jessica, The Lessons, 3Christianity has become a pale shadow of the world-changing faith that once turned the Roman Empire upside down. Christianity has joined hands with statism, the American civil religion, and has no ability or desire to change anything. The Bible has become a book of personal devotions used in support of the existing world order and to bar the doors of the Kingdom. Christians and statists have formed an unholy alliance.
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Nearly all modern Christians are practicing members of the world-wide civil religion called Statism.The god of Statism is the invisible, immortal, sovereign State. Statism is a sin in that it violates the First and Second Commandments (Ex 20:3-5). The State is placed before God at least in the public area of life; and men serve the State as patriots and statesmen with their whole being even to the point of sacrificing their lives.
Can Moslems convert to Christianity while retaining their Moslem beliefs? No, they are not compatible systems. Can statists convert to Christianity while retaining statists beliefs? No, the two are diametrically opposed. Samuel did not tell the Israelites they could have a human King and God as ruler at the same time. They had to choose one and reject the other. Jesus commanded the House of Israel to change their minds, to repent of their sinful demand for a human king at the time of Samuel, and to return to God's rule, or Kingdom. The message for us living today is no different.
All laws created under the theories of statism are an affront to our Lord. The very concept of state laws directly denies the sovereignty of God and asserts the sovereignty of the state.
For further edification, see:For seventy or eighty years the American Church-State cabal pretty well succeeded in its efforts. The Statists had a clear field. Their very significant advances on every front make it increasingly difficult for Christians to pretend that God has ordained the gross violation of His own laws. Paradoxically, the success of statism will be its undoing. Every unjust act of the godless police state serves to open the eyes of a few more. Many of these turn to the King of the Israelites seeking citizenship in the commonwealth of Israel. They find their strength in the Lord and put on all the armour which God provides. Ephesians 6:10-17. Against such an army statists have no chance.
Statism is Idolatry, a sermon by Pastor John Weaver
“Statism 101: State-run “education” makes a State-dependent population”
“How State-weaponized “pastors” promote State-centered religion…and what to do about it.”
Webster’s Dictionary of the English Language, 1828
Black’s Law Dictionary, 1st, 1891, 2nd, 1910, 4th, 1968, 5th, 1979Statist
A statesman; a politician; one skilled in government.
The Century Dictionary, an Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language, 1895STATIST
A statesman; a politician; one skilled in government.
The art of government; hence, in a depreciative sense, policy. [Rare.]
Webster’s New Practical Dictionary, 1957Statist
1. A statesman; a politician; one skilled in government. [Obsolete or archaic]
2. A statistician.
Funk and Wagnalls Standard College Dictionary, 1973Statism
Concentration of economic controls and planning in the hands of a highly centralized state government.
1. A theory of government holding that the returns from group or individual enterprise are vested in the state.
2. Loosely, adherence to state sovereignty, as in a republic.
Ancient Rome, How it Affects You Today, Richard Maybury, 1995Statist
1. An adherent to statism.
2. A statistician
3. A statesman; politician
Black’s Law Dictionary, 7th Edition, 1999Statism
The opposite of the original American philosophy. Assumes political power is a good thing and everyone should have some. Government is our friend, our protector, the solution to our problems. Force is the tool for enforcement. There is no law higher than the government’s law.
Are You Liberal? Conservative? Or Confused? Richard Maybury, 2004Statist –
1. A statesman; a politician
2. A statistician
The opposite of the original American philosophy. Says political power is a good thing. Government is our friend, our protector, the solution to our problems, and there is no law higher than the government’s law.
One who believes in government as the solution to problems. Statists assume the benefits of government activities can be greater than total costs.
Ayn Rand said:The policy of seeking values from human beings by means of force, when practiced by an individual, is called crime. When practiced by a government, it is called statism ...
Statism is a system of institutionalized violence and perpetual civil war. It leaves men no choice but to fight to seize political power -- to rob or be robbed, to kill or be killed. ... Statism survives by looting; a free country survives by production.
Inflation is not caused by the actions of private citizens, but by the government: by an artificial expansion of the money supply required to support deficit spending. No private embezzlers or bank robbers in history have ever plundered people’s savings on a scale comparable to the plunder perpetrated by the fiscal policies of statist governments.
Robert W. Lee:Collectivism holds that the individual has no rights, that his life and work belong to the group (to "society," to the tribe, the state, the nation) and that the group may sacrifice him at its own whim to its own interests. The only way to implement a doctrine of that kind is by means of brute force -- and statism has always been the political corollary of collectivism.
Andrew Bernstein:The statist objective, always, is to make as many persons as possible, as dependent as possible, on a government as big as possible.
Aldous Huxley:Statism – the subordination of the individual to the state -- leads inevitably to the most hideous oppression.
Leonard E. Read:Only a large-scale popular movement toward decentralization and self-help can arrest the present tendency toward statism... A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude. To make them love it is the task assigned, in present-day totalitarian states, to ministries of propaganda, newspaper editors and schoolteachers.
William P. Hoar:What, actually, is the difference between communism and fascism? Both are forms of statism, authoritarianism. The only difference between Stalin’s communism and Mussolini’s fascism is an insignificant detail in organizational structure.
Jacob G. Hornberger:Statists relish "crises" because they can be used to force more controls into our lives.
Alan Greenspan:The cult of the omnipotent state has millions of followers in the united States. Americans of today view their government in the same way as Christians view their God; they worship and adore the state and they render their lives and fortunes to it. Statists believe that their lives -- their very being -- are a privilege that the state has given to them. They believe that everything they do is -- and should be -- dependent on the consent of the government. Thus, statists support such devices as income taxation, licensing laws, regulations, passports, trade restrictions, and the like.
An almost hysterical antagonism toward the gold standard is one issue which unites statists of all persuasions. They seem to sense -- perhaps more clearly and subtly than many consistent defenders of laissez-faire -- that gold and economic freedom are inseparable, that the gold standard is an instrument of laissez-faire and that each implies and requires the other.
In the absence of the gold standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation. ... This is the shabby secret of the welfare statists' tirades against gold. Deficit spending is simply a scheme for the confiscation of wealth. Gold stands in the way of this insidious process. It stands as a protector of property rights. If one grasps this, one has no difficulty in understanding the statists' antagonism toward the gold standard.