Romans 13 Exhorts Trusting Mature Believers not Obeying Civil Government

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Romans 13 is the bedrock verse to obey civil governments, when it actually exhorts trusting mature believers

Romans 12: 1 & 2 says:

1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service. 2 And be not fashioned according to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:1 & 2

We are all influenced by the world and the way of thinking of the world. For many Americans this is the result of government education, corporate advertising, media propaganda and the various disciplines of science that has established themselves as the gods of our age. Therefore our reading of the Bible tends to be influenced by these worldly influences and it takes deliberate effort to discern the truth of Scripture. Reading the Bible alone will not transform your mind. There are thousands of Jehovah Witnesses and Mormons who do not know Christ.  Renewing our minds come from reading the Bible by spiritual discernment.

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.   But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.(1Co 2:14  & 15)

Legalism is the heart of natural thinking. Legalism is the means of self-justification. James tells us that if we break one commandment we have broken them all (James 2:10). But legalism tells us that if we do one good thing, we are good in all things. Through our narrow definition of goodness, we judge others according to our own standard. If we see others fail in one thing, we condemn them as utterly worthless. How unlike our King who believes we are worth saving no matter what we have done. Legalism turns us into hypocrites.

Legalism makes right and wrong a game. Lawyers are a prime example of what I mean. They do not care about what is right or wrong, only what is legal. Natural thinking seeks only for the benefit of self. We are awash in our culture in this kind of thinking.

The influence of natural thinking distorts both our reading of Scriptures and affects the way godly men translate the Scriptures. We need to read the Bible through the eyes of Christ.  Since He is the King, we assume he is like a worldly king, and he is not. Jesus does not “rule” by force. He rules by example and is the standard we are to compare ourselves by. Jesus changes us just as a good marriage changes both partners. We love one another in marriage, so defer to one another. We love Jesus and defer to his good example because we want to please him and to be like him.

By What Right Do Governments Exist?

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Where does someone get the authority to rule over another?

The title sounds a little rebellious, but it is not. It is a fundamental question that should be answered and known by all people. Since governments exist in all people groups, it is assumed that they are the natural and normal functions of a society. They are, but if the reason and support for the very creation of their existence is ignored and forgotten, then they will always corrupt into tyranny of some form or another.

In the latter half of the 19th century (1850), Frederick Bastiat, a French writer offered an answer for this question. He addressed the question because Karl Marx, who had been hired by the Rothschilds, wrote his Communist Manifesto in England (1848), which makes the government the final determinant of law. Bastiat’s was a first generation child of the French Revolution whose bloodbath deposed the king of France (1789-1799) and formed a nascent government. So he answered the question in his treatise called, “The Law.”

The work was timely for the godless trend continued rapidly after him. Charles Darwin wrote his evolutionary thesis in his “Origins of Species,” (1859) which gave a natural explanation for man’s existence apart from God. In this same period of time, philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1885) declared God dead, Sigmund Freud gave the world the new “religion” of psychology (1899). And American humanist, John Dewey (inventor of the Dewey Decimal System in libraries), had signed the Humanist Manifesto (1933), which declared that men did not need God and were self sufficient.

In his book, “The Law,” Bastiat uses an elegant simplicity, he outlines the basic principles of the right of governments. He begins with the individuals and concludes with the society.

  1. Everyone has the right to live, for life is granted to us by God.
  2. Since we have the right to live, we also have the right to labor for those things necessary for life: food, clothing, and shelter.
  3. Since the individual right to live comes from God, no other individual has the right to take our lives.
  4. Nor do other individuals have the right to deprive an individual the right of the personal property labored for survival.
  5. Therefore the right of self defense is a God given right of self preservation.
  6. Of course, if they do not have the right to take an individual’s life and property, neither do we as individuals have the right to take the life and property of another.
  7. If this right exists individually, then it is a logical extension that individuals have the right to band together collectively to form governments that protect the right to life collectively.
  8. However, just as an individual does not have the right to deprive life and property of another, neither do governments have the right to deprive the right of life and property from the individual or another collective government.

With these basic principles laid out the rest of Bastiat’s book argues against socialism and communism which he calls, “legal plunder,” in their transfer of wealth. The justification for the government’s creation, then, according to Bastiat, is for the common defense of the people governed, not for wealth transference. Bastiat does not say that governments exist because God creates government. Rather God gave the right to life to people, and people have the right to create governments to preserve that life.

As Christians we naively assume that governments are created by God. This is only partly correct as I will show the reader. Let’s start at the beginning of the scriptural support of governments. The first government ordained by God is the family, which began with Adam and Eve. Families are the nucleus of all societies. The patriarchal society was governed by the elders of the families who had joined together to create a community.

The Covert War of the Globalists versus the Patriots

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Trump’s presidency upset the apple cart of the Deep State

Understanding how Satan will establish his global government for the man of sin to ascend as the world ruler, we must understand the people Satan has been cultivating for millennia to execute his plan.  Too many Christians assume this will come about in a vacuum, without recognizing the steps that have already been taken to bring this nefarious plan to fruition.

The United States and the world is on the brink of destruction by these satanic agents, who have been called the “Shadow government” or the “Deep State”.   But, God….    God has intervened and given mankind a respite and one last chance to repent.  This respite is being executed by God through His human agents known as the “Alliance” or the “Patriots”.

These are military leaders of the US government who were greatly alarmed at the destruction being done to the USA by the last administration and resolved to intervene.  The plan was considered of having a military coup to over throw the Obama administration, but cooler heads prevailed.  A military coup could create unprecedented civil strife and could be more injurious to the citizens than the military wanted to happen.  Instead they made a plan that followed the rule of law for a peaceful restoration of the Republic.