• Greg

Legitimate Authority

God has ordained centers of authority, or powers that be - fathers, church elders, righteous arbiters, property owners, anyone in charge of a social function. Romans 13 has been misused to teach that disobeying the thieving, warmongering State is rebellion against God, when in fact, each of God's ordained centers of authority are violated when the State claims authority it does not have in these domains, and professing Christians betray the Kingdom of God by obeying the State rather than God. Though we may obey the laws of the State to a point, such as paying taxes, we do this to avoid unnecessary trouble, not because the evil State has a right to our God-given resources, and not because it has a right to claim our allegiance. We are to obey the ordinances of man not because the State is good, but to avoid being robbed, jailed, or killed by the State.