Posted publicly by Randy Brogdon on Personhood Oklahoma.
Over the years, church Denominations have been birthed by selecting one or two verses and then building an entire doctrine around them. Currently, politicians, preachers, candidates, and Pro-life leaders are diluting and misquoting Scripture in order to support their flawed doctrine regarding our mandatory submission to government.
The main example of this is Romans 13:1-2 which states, “Let every soul be subject to the governing authority. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God”. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God and those who resist will bring judgment upon themselves.
Scripture says if we resist authority we will bring judgment upon ourselves. Of course none of us want that to happen. We are told that it would be traynical and even a sin to resist a governmental law or decree no matter what it is.
So how do we square all the many Scriptures in the Old and New Testament that tell us we must resist a tyrannical ruler or government? (Exodus 1:15, Daniel 3, Daniel 6, Matt 2, Acts 5, Ezekiel 22, 1st Samuel 14, 1st Timothy 6:15, James 4:12, Col1:6, Prov 8:15). No Scripture should be read in a vacuum, it must be measured by other Scriptures. Scriptures (S) interpret scripture (s) and each verse should be examined in light of the whole Word of God.
The reading of Romans 13:1-2 without context of verses 3-5 is what causes confusion and leads to a dangerous misinterpretation which can cause fear and confusion in a believer. That fear tends to enslave many Christians and Pro-lifers and prevent them from supporting a complete Abolishment of Abortion.
After all we are told that Roe v Wade is the law of the land and if we resist it we will be judged. For sure we will be judged, but we will be judged if we don’t resist it. With all Scripture we are to study to show ourselves approved, rightly dividing the Word of Truth. (2nd Timothy 2:15)
Romans 13:3-5 is the light that explains the first two verses. “ For rulers are not a terror to good works but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what’s good and you will be praised from the same. For he (ruler) is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil be afraid for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. Therefore you must be subject not only because of wrath but also for conscience sake.
It doesn’t get more clear than this. The ruler is God’s minister to us for good. In Verse 1 and 2 God is explicit that we are supposed to obey a good government that protects justice and punishes evil. If God expected us to obey a government that promoted evil and punished good, then He would have said so.
If government is created by God to protect good and punish evil, then it’s our responsibility to do good so Government does not punish us. Adhering to an evil government that violates God’s law is repugnant to God and a stench in His nostrils. For anyone to assert that God demands us to obey a ruler that has become an “evil avenger” is treading on dangerous ground and is sure to be judged.
There is not one single verse in Scripture that even remotely hints that we are to submit to an evil ruler (government). We are to resist it because an evil government is the exact opposite of God’s definition of government. We are never obligated to participate in immoral and ungodly laws and decrees. Immoral and unjust laws are not laws at all. We citizens are obligated and expected to stand against anything that is contrary to God’s law.
“When the State commands that which God forbids, or when the State forbids that which God commands, men have a duty to obey God rather than men” no matter what any politician or others may suggest.
Study to show yourself approved, least you lead others astray and are harshly judged.