NO. THERE IS NO VERSE IN THE BIBLE THAT TELLS YOU TO OBEY EVIL GOVERNMENT OR LAWS.

No. There is no verse in the Bible that tells you to obey evil government or laws. If we don’t realize that now, it will soon be too late. I want to prove to you beyond any doubt that the Bible tells us what we must do in the face of wicked government and laws.

First, I want to show you the weak and pathetic heresy that many believers have come to accept as truth. I want you to see the widespread excuse that is being used for submitting when we should disobey.

Here is an example.  Someone commented to me:

“Out of curiosity, how do you justify your argument against obeying the government when you read Romans 13:1-7. The government Paul was talking about was even more oppressive than anything we can imagine. You could truly be martyred for your faith under the Roman government. And, what was Paul’s response? Did he call for governmental reform? Did he call for us to protest the government? Did he demand his rights and call on the government to recognize his rights? None of the above, he said, in the face of a brutal government, to obey. He didn’t say obey if your rights are recognized, he said obey. The church of today has to realize that the government is not our arena as Christians. Never, in the history of the church, has God used the government to bring about change.”

 

This defense of submission to evil government is riddled with error and falsehoods. Here are my responses to selected quotes:

1.You could truly be martyred for your faith under the Roman government.” First the writer tells us to obey evil laws, but then mentions martyrs. They never would have been martyred had they not broken the law by being Christians.

2. Then he asks, “Did (Paul) call for governmental reform? Did he call for us to protest the government? Did he demand his rights and call on the government to recognize his rights? None of the above…” The truth is, Paul did all of the above. “Paul said to them, “They have beaten us openly, uncondemned Romans, and have thrown us into prison. And now do they put us out secretly? No indeed! Let them come themselves and get us out” (Acts 16:37).

3. And finally, the zinger—the heresy that has sidelined the Body of Christ in the hour when we are most needed: “The church of today has to realize that the government is not our arena as Christians. Never, in the history of the church, has God used the government to bring about change.” Totally untrue. William Wilberforce was a Christian who used his faith in Jesus to abolish slavery in England. In fact, believers throughout history have created child labor laws, health regulations, and have exposed injustice, and corruption. It is safe to say that Christians are more responsible for influencing government, bringing about reform by forcing laws to be changed, and standing up for justice, than any other group in history.

So how did this writer get it so wrong? By doing what so many do. Isolating one set of verses, taking them out of context, and arriving at a conclusion that looks holy, but is in fact, pure and simple fear.

Let’s look at the verses that have been violated:

“Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. 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 on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he 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 the sake of conscience. For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing. Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor (Romans 13:1-7).

It seems to say that we are to honor government in every form, right? Wrong. To demonstrate what Paul is saying I offer this example. Say some parents leave the house, and leave the oldest child in charge. The child is given strict instructions not to open the door for anyone, except for a postal messenger whom they are expecting to deliver an important package that day.

The parents tell the child, “He will have blonde hair. He is wearing blue jeans and a white shirt. Don’t let anyone else in.” So later, a man with black hair, a blue shirt, and black slacks knocks on the door claiming to be the messenger with the package. Do they let him in? Of course not.

Lost in all the quoting of this verse on submission to government is the most important part: The description of the ruling authority. The Bible tells us what they are wearing! Look at the description:

1.They are not a terror to good works. Any government that terrorizes the innocent is not of God. How can you say that Hitler was God’s will for Germany? Hitler and other tyrants are in fact the ones being warned that there were God appointed governments who would destroy them: “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.”  That is why the just powers of the world rose up and destroyed the Nazis.

2. They praise good works. Authorities that are endorsed by God do not hate or oppose Christian activity. They are the ones who—even if they are not Christian themselves—do not insult soul winning or fight the work of God. They are the cops, teachers, politicians who are glad that children are getting out of gangs and off of drugs.

3. You must be subject for the sake of conscience. When it becomes tricky, is when government is a mixture of right and wrong. Jesus said of the Pharisees, “Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, but do not do” (Matthew 23:3).

Do what they say, but don’t partake of their hypocrisy. Watch them for that moment when they cross the line and come between you and your God.  Just as our conscience should drive us to obey the law, we should also know when our conscience tells us not to obey an evil law.

Here’s when Peter reached that tipping point, speaking to those very same Pharisees: “So they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:18-20).

And again, in Acts 5:29, “Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men.””

God not only does not endorse evil government: He will have no part in it. “Can a corrupt throne be allied with you—a throne that brings on misery by its decrees? The wicked band together against the righteous and condemn the innocent to death” (Psalm 94:20). There is your answer. A corrupt throne (government) cannot be allied with God.

The Amplified Bible (1974) puts it this way: “Can a throne of destruction be allied with You, one which frames and devises mischief by decree [under the sacred name of law]?”  How much clearer can it be than this?  It proves that laws can be evil and cannot be allied with God.

In fact, evil laws are the worst form of sin. They provide legitimacy to evil.  Matthew Henry said, “Iniquity is daring enough even when human laws are against it, which often prove too weak to give an effectual check to it; but how insolent, how mischievous, is it when it is backed by a law! Iniquity is not the better, but much the worse, for being enacted by law; nor will it excuse those that practice it to say that they did but do as they were bidden.”

Notice how at the end, Henry says we can’t use the excuse that we were just obeying the law.  That is why Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”

The laws being created by Democrats, using the coronavirus as an excuse, are far worse than the virus itself because, unlike the virus, those new laws become permanent.  It is time for the church to wake up and take action, beginning with voting the evildoers out of office and quit calling our submission a godly thing, when it is just a cowardly thing.

“WHO WILL RISE UP FOR ME AGAINST THE EVILDOERS? WHO WILL STAND UP FOR ME AGAINST THE WORKERS OF INIQUITY?” (Psalm 94:16).

 

 

 

 

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16 thoughts on “NO. THERE IS NO VERSE IN THE BIBLE THAT TELLS YOU TO OBEY EVIL GOVERNMENT OR LAWS.

  1. Let God be true and every man a liar. We are not to elevate the thoughts of men above the word of God. This is my final answer. The kingdom of God is non negotiable.

    1. I don’t know if it is worth revealing spiritual realities right now. But I’ll give it a shot. America and other free nations are the inheritance of the saints. This is how the messiah is inheriting the earth. It’s how the meek are inheriting the earth that for thousands of years was completely ruled by wickedness and despotic governments. What you see out there. With radical economy killing Coved-19 restrictions, riots and other leftist manipulations is the wicked seeking to seize the inheritance of the saints for themselves. To take it by force like the wicked did in ancient Israel as described in Matthew 11:12. It’s a battle for hearts and minds that naturally spills over to physical conflict as the wicked always resort to violence.

      The good news is. For the last 500 years. Even though the wicked have started many wars and live, eat and breathe the politics of dominion over the righteous. Even though they have won some battes and caused the deaths of hundreds of millions. They have not been winning. The free world, the inheritance of the saints continues to grow as the influence of the Gospel and Word of God grows. You fight against it at your own peril because the zeal of the Lord himself is behind its creation and growth. So take heart good people out there. Gog And Magog that are prophetic illustrations of the nations and people who fight against The ever expanding influence of Gods invisible goverment on earth in this era don’t win. We do. We do have to contend with them though. God has done what he has done through people.

      1. If your and megagenius’ replies are to say that absolute obedience to evil governments is “truth”, then you invalidate the entire concept of the United States of America and The U.S. Constitution and are advocating a return to British rule with their muslim sympathetic parliament.

        Why not just emmigrate?

  2. There is a meme showing the difference between MLK protesting and today’s rage riots and looting.

    So, there is only one proviso I would add to your most excellent blog: Rage will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven…

    Our responses must be measured, well thought out weighing whether it really is an God vs Man issue or if it is just a TEMPORARY inconvenience.

    Then when the time comes we must remember the The Christian has only two cheeks, and we also have the right of self defense, which is probably the single most precious right guaranteed by the Constitution and abrogated by demoncraps.

  3. Even History.com recognizes the fruit borne out of the Second Great Awakening in America, leading to the abolitionist movement around 1830.

    “The abolitionist movement began as a more organized, radical and immediate effort to end slavery than earlier campaigns. It officially emerged around 1830. Historians believe ideas set forth during the religious movement known as the Second Great Awakening inspired abolitionists to rise up against slavery.”

    https://www.history.com/topics/black-history/abolitionist-movement

    1. You are exactly right! The entire anti-slavery movement was strengthened and brought to the fore because of the 2nd Great Awakening, just as the fervor for American liberty and the birth of our form of government was preceded by the 1st Great Awakening. There’s a great documentary on either Netflix or Amazon Prime Video called “The Abolitionists.” The main tool that they used for decades to influence politicians and the public was conviction of the immorality and sinfulness of slavery.

  4. Mario how do you vote them out ? This is my first year of voting and I do not want to partake in evil .

  5. Very good blog, as always, Pastor Mario. I’m thinking that a good question for the person who disagreed with you might be to ask them, if the government ever passed a law mandating forced abortion, or forced euthanasia for their elderly parent, would they obey it? Would it surprise us to one day see in this country, a democrat-controlled WH and Congress come up with such laws? Not a bit.

    1. Well you can have faith in Jesus all day long but that doesn’t help your neighbor or those that don’t have it when they’re living under an oppressive tyranny. Support for righteous leadership IS NOT the same as putting your faith in them over Jesus. It sounds spiritual but is a straw-man argument. There were those who said the same thing as you in Germany during Hitler’s rise, and they were addressed as well by Dietrich Bonhoeffer in the quote that Mario gave.

  6. A comment on Romans 13:1 that I have in a Study Bible of mine has really helped me understand this controversial portion of scripture. It is worded as follows:
    “Paul describes government as it SHOULD BE. (emphasis mine) When it abandons its proper function, it is no longer from God nor operating according to his purpose. For example, when the state requires something contrary to God’s Word, Christians must obey God rather than other humans (Acts 5:29;cf. Daniel 3:16-18: 6:6-10).

  7. Absolutely! No where in the Bible does it tell believers to obey evil governments who tell us how to do “CHURCH.” Lord Jesus help Your people.🩸🇺🇸✝️❤️🙏📖🇮🇱.

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  8. Brother Mario, do you remember the mess the church was in during the 70’s with the submission teaching?
    To off set Women’s lib and the passing of abortion a newly founded women’s group in Seattle started pushing the submission doctrine. The husband was to be considered lord over the family and wife. If the man said, ” you are not permitted to go to church, ” then if you went you were disobeying the Word. If hubby wanted you to attend a XXX movie, you would violate the Word if you refused. The list went on and on. My point being, the Fraudulent application of God’s Word is a demonic attack to destroy and divided Believers.

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