WE BELIEVE THAT CIVIL GOVERNMENT IS OF DIVINE APPOINTMENT, FOR THE INTERESTS AND GOOD ORDER OF HUMAN SOCIETY; AND THAT MAGISTRATES ARE TO BE PRAYED FOR, CONSISTENTLY HONORED, AND OBEYED; EXCEPT ONLY IN THINGS OPPOSED TO THE WILL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, WHO IS THE ONLY LORD OF THE CONSCIENCE, AND THE PRINCE OF THE KINGS OF THE EARTH.
2. The word “power” in this verse refers to authority to rule and carry out the rule of command.
3. Since man in himself is a natural lawbreaker he needs someone to rule over him and to keep him in check. This comes from being depraved in nature.
4. God has given certain men down through the ages a divine appointment to rule over nations, families, tribes, cities, towns, villages, etc. In trouble with this world and its lawmakers is that we just do not look to God for grace and wisdom to live as God would have us to.
5. It must be noted that God always worked through the earthly leaders he established.
b. He established that government, and to rebel against that government was the same as rebelling against himself.
c. God established Pharaoh as head of Egypt, and sent Moses to Pharaoh, commanding him to let Israel go from Egypt.
d. God did not want Israel to rebel against Pharaoh, or Egypt.
e. God does not want us to rebel against any governmental authority he has established over us – and God has established every governmental authority over us.
f. There is no governmental authority except as established by God – whether we like that authority or not – whether the government abuses their authority or not.
2. Paul also tells us that God counts all who resist those in authority as resisting Him. For it is God who set them in the office of authority.
D. Other scriptures that teach this to be true are:
2. Exodus 18:23 – “If thou shalt do this thing, and God command thee so, then thou shalt be able to endure, and all this people shall also go to their place in peace.”
3. Jeremiah 30:21 – When God restores Israel, the governor shall be able to approach to God, as no man has ever been able.
2. All the planning and zoning laws (and all the procedures required by government officials) are to obeyed.
3. Do not do something that you know are against governmental laws, or procedures.
2. We are to pray for them not only for their good, but that we might lead a quiet and peaceable life in all Godliness and honesty.
B. Baptists have always been a people who spoke out when man’s law was contrary to God’s.
2. Abortion and homosexuality are both sins against God, and Baptists should continually speak against such wickedness.
2. America has one of the greatest governments in the world because those who are called Baptists today fought and died for the liberty and freedom of men.
3. It would be good for every saved person to read Cathcart’s, “Baptist Patriots” and “The American Revolution”.
2. Revelation 19:16 – “And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”
3. Romans 14:9-13 – These verses speak of Christ, our final judge; who we will all give account to.
b. This does not mean we cannot know if a fellow Christian is doing right or wrong; it means we do not condemn them.
c. We can condemn wrong actions, but we are not to condemn people.
1. Titus 3:1 – “Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,”
2. I Peter 2:13-16 – Christians are to submit themselves to every governmental authority because this is the will of God, and that foolish and unlearned men may be put to silence.
3. Daniel 3:15-18 – Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego told Nebuchadnezzar they would disobey his command to worship the golden image he had set up, even if they died.
4. Daniel 6:7-10 – Daniel continued to pray three times a day even when he knew King Darius had signed the decree sentencing any person to the lion’s den if they asked anything of any God or man except him.
5. Matthew 23:10 – None of us should want to be called “master” or be over other Christians. The real master is servant of all.
6. Romans 14:4 – We have no right to judge another man’s servants. Therefore we have no right to judge (condemn) another Christian because we are all the servants of God.
7. Psalms 72:11 – “Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him.”
8. Psalms 2 – God shall laugh as the calamity of men and nations, because his plan (will) shall be accomplished.