Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
-1 Peter 2:13-16
We will go over a number of Scriptures in just a moment, but before we do, I want to point out some interesting facts for those of you who think that no matter what the government says, we must obey.
For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
ordain (v): to set; to establish in a particular office or order; to appoint, to decree; to establish
(See 'ordain', American Dictionary of the English Language, Noah Webster, 1828, retrieved Aug 25, 2015 [webstersdictionary1828.com])
|The Lord God has created authority in government for a specific purpose, but before we continue, let's look very carefully at the end of that verse: "the powers that be are ordained of God." Does that say Barack Obama is ordained of God? No. The powers that be are the offices of government, which means God has established these offices and their authority. Judge Judy's seat in a courtroom has been ordained (established) of God, but that doesn't mean Judge Judy herself was ordained of God.|
Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
For example, if a highway patrol officer turns on his police lights to pull you over to the side of the road, you should comply with the officer's commands and pull your vehicle over. The officer has been given power (authority) to stop people on the highways of that region, and so to resist his power (authority) is the same as resisting the Lord God.
For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Some will say that we must submit to all authorities, even wicked rulers, but remember that Satan himself is called a power in Scripture:
And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
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On the other hand, if that same highway patrol officer approaches your vehicle, breaks your window, and electricutes you as he drags you out of your car, that man is a terror to good works. The power (authority) of the governing officer is to be a terror to evil works, but when the officer does evil works and abuses his power (authority), then he is offending the Lord by corrupting the ordinance of God, and we are not subject to his rule.
I ____________ do swear that I will well and truly serve our sovereign country and state as a police officer
The example in the video above does not display an officer keeping the words of his oath.
Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few... When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed. Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay. Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error: wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands?
(Read "Can Christians Kill in Self-Defense?" here at creationliberty.com for more details.)
Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
As of 2015, we in the U.S. may not face evil commands from wicked men in authority very often, but we do face hypocrites in governing office. We have a governing body that punishes murderers, but then subsidizes murder through abortions. We have a governing body that punishes theft, but many of them take (and give) bribes.
"Former California Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham is a free man today, after spending more than
seven years in prison on briberyand other charges... Cunningham's 15-year career in Congress ended abruptly when he admitting to taking $2.4 million in bribesfrom defense contractors and evading taxes."
-Bill Chappell, "For Rep. 'Duke' Cunningham Freed After Bribery Sentence," National Public Radio, June 4, 2013, retrieved Sept 1, 2015, [npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2013/06/04/188667106/former-rep-duke-cunningham-freed-after-bribery-sentence]
A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.
The king by judgment establisheth the land: but he that receiveth gifts overthroweth it.
"A federal court jury in Alexandria, Va., deliberated for five days before finding Mr. Jefferson, 62, a New Orleans Democrat who
served in Congress for 18 years... guilty of 11of 16 counts of bribery, racketeering and money laundering."
-David Stout, "Ex-Rep. Jefferson Convicted in Bribery Scheme," New York Times, Aug 5, 2009, retrieved Sept 1, 2015, [nytimes.com/2009/08/06/us/06jefferson.html?_r=0]
are any better. They're just better at not getting caught.
These hypocrites are the very ruling men and women whom the Lord God rebuked and sought to punish, and His attitude towards those hypocrites has not changed:
Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow... How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers... Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards [i.e. bribes]: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.
For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men. As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich. They are waxen fat, they shine: yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked: they judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge. Shall I not visit for these things? saith the LORD: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?
How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked?
For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
Obama... rose to speak against a bill that would have protected babieswho survive late-term labor-induced abortions... Obama rose to objectthat if the bill passed, and a nine-month-old fetus survived a late-term labor-induced abortion was deemed to be a person who had a right to live, then the law would 'forbid abortions to take place.'"
-Jerome R. Corsi, The Obama Nation, Simon and Schuster, 2008, p. 238, ISBN: 9781416598060
How could any preacher be so blind that he would stand up in front of a church congregation and call Obama a 'minister of God'? Would you say that pushing legislation that legalizes child murder is for our good, and that the Lord God has ordained it? Again, the position of ruler is ordained of God, and as long as the man in that position of power (authority) is doing good works, and protecting the innocent from the wicked, then he's a minister of God to us, but when he does evil, he is no longer the minister of God for our good, and he becomes a terrorist.
At the beginning, I gave numerous examples of prophets and apostles who resisted civil authority and ended up getting in trouble with the government; this is not to say that we are to resist any government authority we don't like because we need to be in submission to rulers over us. However, heretics like John MacArthur (who teaches works-based doctrines on salvation) preach an UNLIMITED submission to all governing authorities no matter what they are or what they tell us to do.
"Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. That is an
The average church-goer listening to MacArthur doesn't catch what he just said because most of them don't realize they have no idea what "unqualified" and "unmitigated" mean in this context. Allow me to help:
unqualified (adj): complete, unlimited
unmitigated (adj): absolute
(See 'unqualified' & 'unmitigated', Random House Dictionary, 2015, [www.dictionary.com]; See also Collins English Dictionary, 10th Edition, William Collins Sons & Co, 2012)
"So the government is divinely decreed and
to resist it is to resist God. Let me add another point. Those who do resist will be punished."
-John MacArthur, "Why Christians Submit to the Government," Grace To You, Jan 30, 2011, retrieved Aug 27, 2015, [gty.org/Resources/Sermons/80-364]
This would mean that Paul, Moses, Peter, Daniel, David, and many others throughout the entire Bible directly defied God's commandment to abide by the ruling authorities of their day, but for some strange reason, they weren't punished. These men received God's direct blessings and protection during their ordeals against governing authorities, so that means the words coming out of MacArthur's mouth is not in line with God's Word.
In 1978, China introduced a "One-Child Policy" that decreed a couple living as citizens in the country of China were only allowed to have one child. (A second child was allowed if the first was a girl; giving the couple a chance for a son.) If a couple had a son, and then they became pregnant with a second child, a heavy tax was issued to them, and if they could not pay the heavy fine, they were forced to murder the child through abortion, resulting in China murdering an average of 13 million children every year.
(See CNN, "China has more than 13 million abortions a year," July 30, 2009, retrieved Aug 28, 2015, [cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/07/30/china.abortions.millions/index.html?_s=PM:WORLD])
According to John MacArthur's teaching, you have an unlimited and absolute commandment to kill your children. However, Peter gave a Biblical answer to civil authorities when they had commanded Christians against the Word of God:
And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them, Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us. Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
Grant not, O LORD, the desires of the wicked: further not his wicked device; lest they exalt themselves.
Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.
Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)
And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.
But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.
With that understanding, the following verses should make more sense:
And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.
Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk. And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men. Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not? But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites? Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's. When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.
Let me make this abundantly clear:
For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake.
If the Lord Jesus Christ had not paid the collectors any tribute for Caesar, then that report would have went up to the governing authorities, that Christ was defiant against Rome, and would have caused a lot of problems. Since the face of Caesar is on the coin, meaning that he wants everyone to know whose money that really is, then Christ simply gave him what was most precious to him, keeping a low profile so He could continue to evangelize.
Christ was not being asked to do anything against the commandments of God, and so he acted in a manner that would avoid offense. However, when it came to the doctrine of truth, Christ was not concerned with offense:
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
-2 Timothy 2:15
Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.
And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him.
Folks in other countries are welcome to skip this section. I just want to briefly address Americans about their form of government.
Please keep in mind that we do not (as of 2015) live in the exact same form of government that was present during the days of Christ and His apostles. We do not have a king or emporer, although most Americans foolishly treat the president like one, but rather we have a constitutional republic that was made by the people, and for the people, as is stated in the U.S. Constitution:
Without getting into a discussion about the details of unbiblical acts taken during the American Revolution (e.g. Boston Tea Party), the fact is that this country was founded on the principle that the citizens of the state have the right to abolish its government and form a new one when the governing rule because tyrannical and oppresive, as stated in the Declaration of Independence:
"That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men,
To keep civil authorities accountable to the laws of the land and servant to the people, the Constitution was created as a way to bind them down and limit their powers, preventing evil rulers from taking over the country without the consent (or apathy) of the populus. Though an unbeliever and wicked man, Thomas Jefferson, who helped write the Declaration, stated:
-Thomas Jefferson, Kentucky Resolution, quoted by Edwin Williams, The Book of the Constitution, 1833, p. 83
In the days after Christ in Rome, there was a problem of some Christians thinking they were above the law and taxation, but today in our society, that problem is almost unheard of. The situation we have now is not making sure that Christians follow the just laws of the land, but rather it is a problem of Christians making sure our government leaders are following the just laws of the land.
The very governing authorities in this country are chosen by the people from among the people to represent the people. (THAT'S NOT DEMOCRACY! That's a republic!) Without vigilant Christians who are being proper watchman and understand the laws of this land, being willing to bring to justice the criminals in our higher positions of authority in government, evil men shall wax worse and worse, being unchecked by the people who elected them to the God-ordained positions of power in the first place.
But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;
Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away. Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
Now that we've studied government section of Romans 13, let's look at a couple of quotations from other ministries:
"These verses [Romans 13:1-7] contain much to consider. They leave no question that all people ('every soul')—including Christians—are subject to the 'higher powers,' because they are 'ordained of God.'
To resist them, God says, is to 'resist God.'"
-David C. Pack, "Should Christians Submit to Government Authority?" Restored Church of God, Feb 7, 1979, retrieved Aug 17, 2012, [rcg.org/articles/scstga.html]
(Read "Corruptions of Christianity: Catholicism - The Inquisition" here at creationliberty.com for more details.)
This David Pack preacher just condemned to sin every Christian written about in Foxe's Book of Martyrs. Don't forget that in Europe during the Inquisition of the Roman Catholic Church, they were given government sanction to execute Christians, so Pack is also condemning them for refusing to bow to the power (authority) of a pagan cult (Mystery Babylon) that falsely claims to be of Christ.
-Bob Deffinbaugh, "Submission to Civil Authorities," Bible.org, retrieved Aug 17, 2012, [bible.org/seriespage/submission-civil-authorities-1-peter-213-17]
Bob Deffinbaugh just told German Christians that they have an obligation, no matter what, to submit to the government and turn in Jews to be executed and/or sent to concentration camps. If any Christian chose to protect families under persecution, then, according to these false preachers, they defied the Lord Jesus Christ and deserve punishment. (The photo on the right shows us the punishment for resisting their authority to execute Jews for the crime of existing.)
Please keep in mind that the preachers I've been quoting in this article are a part of the 501c3 Devil's church, and we cannot disregard the connection between their apostasy of denouncing the Lord Jesus Christ through their contract and the hundreds of thousands of pastors on FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) payroll. These "FEMA pastors" are being trained and paid to get church-goers to lay down their weapons, convince them not to defend their homes and families, and let the government have their way with their loved ones and their private property.
In the video, you hear the false preacher hireling state that Romans 13 is the reason people should just do whatever they're told and don't ask questions. This could not be further from the truth, but the truth doesn't matter to these heathen because the love of money is their final authority.
For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
-1 Timothy 6:10
So should Christians submit to the government? It depends on the situation. If the government is doing good works of punishing evildoers, and they are not a terror unto those who are doing good works, then absolutely, Christians should be in submission to rule of that government, but if that government is full of evil doers themselves, then we turn to the Lord Jesus Christ first and foremost.
However, rarely is a government completely evil or completely good, and just as the Bible says a governing ruler ought to punish evil and praise good, so we too should praise government for that which they do good, and rebuke them for their wicked actions. Depending on the type of government, the citizens may also be able to take action in removing wicked rulers from power, making sure those governing rulers are also punished for their sinful actions.
For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light... Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them... all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you. And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved... Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
-1 Timothy 2:1-4