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Book of Romans Chapter Thirteen
The Believer's Responsibilities toward society. Since the beginning of the Church age , Christians have been subjected to corrupt and ungodly government rule. Yet, the Bible tells us that government or higher powers are ordained of God.
The Lord intended that government would and should be used to protect life and punish evil doers (Romans 13: 1,5). But when a government is corrupt and hostile towards God's people... are we to obey them? The answer is Yes & No..
I. The Government - Our Subjection - vs.1-2
COLLEGE OF THE OPEN BIBLE
Book of Romans Chapter Thirteen: Continued...
II. The Governing - Our Support - vs.3,10
a. Motive of Love Is Established - vs.8 Love Never Incurs A Debt
b. Method of Love Is Exalted - vs.9,10 Love Never Injures
III. The Governed - Our Supposition - vs.11-14
Yes, we are to obey government rule when it is exercising authority for the good and well being of society. However, what government deems good for society may in actuality be unfortunate for society. Knowing the Word of God will help a Christian to know the difference and how to respond.
The two-fold principles for obedience to government are:
When should Christians dis-obey government?
The only exception is when government demands a believer to do or participate in something that the word of God forbids. The apostles and their followers were great examples in this regard (Acts 4:19-20; 5:29).
Sincerely, Dr. Arthur Belanger
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