Preacher's Ponderings

Righteous Government- Romans 13

(from our weekly bulletin)

 

 

 

Romans 13:1-3—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. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil.

It seems that every time someone, such as myself, attempts to encourage our Christian brothers and sisters to resist or protest an unconstitutional, unlawful, or otherwise corrupt government policy, we hear someone proclaim, "What about Romans 13? We Christians must submit to government, any government. Read your Bible, and leave me alone”, or words to that effect.

These days of apostasy and the resulting ignorance of this Laodicean age, has left God’s people with a severe lack of knowledge and understanding of God and His Word.  So, this pondering is introduced by one of the Authorized King James Bible’s many texts on the subject.

Vs 3 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. Wherefore ye must needs be subject,..

Do our “Christian”  (term used loosely!) friends who use these verses to teach that we should not oppose any political leader or any un-Biblical law, really believe that civil magistrates have unlimited authority under God to do anything they want without opposition? 

The “Wherefore” (“for this reason”) is there for a reason!  What if the government’s agenda is for calling evil good and good evil? What if the government turns anti-Christ like China, likewise the Arab nations ...and the current  government America as well?

What if our president decided to resurrect the old monarchical custom of Jus Primae Noctis (Law of First Night)? That was the old medieval custom when the king or governor claimed the right to sleep with a subject's bride on the first night of their marriage. Would our sincere Christian brethren sheepishly say, "Romans Chapter 13 says we must submit to the government"? I think not! And would any of us respect any man who would submit to such a law? I would not!

So, there are Biblically-set limits to human authority. A father, for example, has Biblical authority as head of his home, but does this give him power to abuse his wife and children? Of course not! An employer has Biblical authority on the job, but does this give him power to control the private lives of his employees, or order him to do something contrary to the Bible? No! A pastor has overseer-authority in the church, but does this give him power to tell church members that they must submit to him, even when the pastor's directs that which is un-Biblical? Of course not.

All human authority is limited in nature by God. No man has unlimited authority over the lives of other men. Lordship and sovereignty is the exclusive domain of the Creator, Jesus Christ. By the same token, a civil magistrate has God-given authority in civil matters, but his authority is limited, and those limits are Biblically defined.

Observe that Romans Chapter 13 clearly limits the authority of civil government by strictly defining its purpose: "For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil . . . For he is the minister of God to thee for good . . . for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil."

Note that civil government must not be a "terror to good works." Governments lose power and authority if or when it terrorizes good works or good people. God gave boundaries to human government. Any government that oversteps that divine boundary has no divine authority or protection; and no right to continue to exist! 

Jesus told Pilate he (See John 19: 10, 11) could have no power at all unless it were given to him from above.  Make no mistake, the sovereign authority in all the universe and on the earth is the Lord Jesus and His Word we call the Bible. We, His children of His kingdom are bound by, and  will be judged by our obedience to, His Word. Mt 10:28 - And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.  RSB

 

       
     
 
   

 

 

 

There is no question in my mind that the Word of God is the only hope for America and mankind. Despite America's Biblical heritage, left to her by our pilgrim forefathers, her level of Christianity is anemic at best and continues to decay as Believers continue to apostatize.  Pastors and preachers have virtually  quit proclaiming Biblical standards or standing  on the Bible as God's Infallible, Inerrant, Inspired and Perfectly Preserved Word.  Because so many of "God's men" are caught up with the world,  like Lucifer in Eden's garden, they cause God's people to question and doubt the real Word of God.  Compromising preachers bring out their favorite version of the truth, while abandoning the Divinely Preserved Truth itself -  the Purified Seven Times, King James  Bible!

Don't tell me those copyrighted versions of the truth help people to understand.  I've met you and your people.  I've listened to you spout your obvious ignorance of the truth.  The Lord God has quit teaching you because you have lost your way and now, in your apostasy,  lead others astray also.  When someone asks this preacher for a copy of God's Word, I give them what I know is an "every-word Bible" - every Word chosen  by God Himself.  I don't have to make up lies that something could have been better translated this way or that, because it isn't true.  When preachers say that,  it is because they have lost their way and the Holy Spirit is no longer their guide into the truth. Shame on them!

Jehovah Elohim, the ONLY TRUE GOD, does not bless man's version of the truth. He only Blesses His truth.  I am talking to my independent Baptist Brethren who have left God's Word, and that anemic group that call themselves "reformers."  You are Laodicean, that's what you are.  You are a compromiser! Blind leaders of the blind!  You do not know what you do not know until the Holy Spirit reveals it to you; allow Him do do so.  Go ahead and get Thomas Nelson's permission to publish Thomas Nelson's NKJV; get Zondervon's permission to publish the  NIV; or the Lockman Foundation's permission to publish the NASV.  We have the AUTHOR'S Permission to Publish the time-tested, soul-winning, relationship building, Authorized Bible commonly called the King James Bible

In the days or hours or  we have left before the Rapture, the Lord has led us to proclaim His message to those in the greater Gilbert area who want to know and want to  have a relationship with the King of kings, by learning His preserved Word. Gilbert Independent is here to fulfill our Lord’s commission. We are here to deliver God’s truth with understanding . Bring your King James Bible and join us, you will need it here!. -R.S.Brewer

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