Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Christians are to obey governmental laws

Knowing that men would reject his direct supervision , God instituted governments .

God mandates in the Bible that men be subject to principalities and powers and to obey magistrates .
Romans 13:1 says ; " Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers . For there be 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 . Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power ? do that which is good , and thou shalt have praise of the same . 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 , not only for wrath , but also for conscience sake . For this cause pay ye tribute also : for they are God's ministers , attending continually upon the very thing . Render therefore to all their dues ; custom to whom custom , fear to whom fear ; honor to whom honor .

1st Peter 2:13 says ; " Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake ; whether it be to kings as supreme; or unto governors as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evil doers , 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 .

God says in proverbs 8:15 ; "  By me kings reign and princes decree justice . "

Ecclesiastes 8:2 says ; " I counsel thee to keep the king's commandment , and that in regard of the oath of God . 

Jesus told men to render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's ; and unto God the things that are God's

The remnant of Jews taken captive to Babylon were mandated to obey the ungodly king' laws . They did , and were rewarded for obeying them . They were exemplary of godly discipleship .

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