How Many Federal Agencies? Who knows? (maybe 400 – 500) Rest assured that we, the taxpayers, have no idea about the bureaucratic depth of our government. Yep, that’s just how the feds would like to keep it! Our government, in its purest form, includes 3 branches: Executive, Legislative, and Judicial. Government, Ordained by God –
Here’s a joke for the day and a major problem the citizens of the U.S. have become desensitized to: A federal agency exists because Congress determined that some problem needed regulatory oversight. https://guides.law.fsu.edu/administrativelaw/agencies
The above is simply a segue to the following concern; Romans 13 and the many Pastors preaching in our local churches. To the point of illness, I have heard throughout my life the following: God ordained the government, we have a duty of loyalty, “I can’t say certain things from the pulpit because of 501c3” blah blah blah – Really? Do you mean you have unconditional and unlimited loyalty? It seems that some Pastors do because they are too scared to say certain “things” from the pulpit for fear of losing their little tax exemption. Shameful, how about trusting God’s Word instead of the government and your tax break? 501c3
No doubt, many Pastors are good at getting a hardy Amen when cramming the government down the throats of the sheep, while they just listen and refuse to study to shew themselves approved. Church leader, which part of the government is ordained by God? Which of the 400 – 500 agencies/ departments should we be unconditionally loyal to with unlimited obeisance?
I’ll tell you which, and it’s simple! Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. (agreed) Key: First limitation, NO power but of God
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: Which of our so-called leaders (actually servants) and it is very annoying to hear these elected people referred to as leaders, should we subject ourselves to? The second limitation is, You got it, is those who are following God and not a terror of good works.
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. The third limitation is an active ministering of good and holding accountable the evil.
Our government and the word GOOD should not be used in the same sentence. How about this: God rather than man. Based upon the Bible, use your own Spiritual and moral filters to decide what is right and wrong and who should be honored. Government
“When the State commands that which God forbids or forbids that which God commands we are to obey God rather than man. We are not to join the ruler in his rebellion against God. When he rules justly, we are not to resist him (v.2). But if he rules unjustly, then we are to resist him. In such instances, we are to obey God, rather than man.” Good read about Romans 13
Fathers are to be obeyed in all things, if not leading to disobedience of God. For the father is the Head, however, “in all things” would not include a father or a husband committing Spiritual adultery within and to his family. Obviously, not unconditional and unlimited obedience.
Hebrews teaches that we should have a spirit of obedience in the Church. However, the Pastor IS NOT THE HEAD and should only be followed if he is watching out for our souls. Definitely not unlimited and unconditional for the authority is in the Church. Christ owns the Church and is the HEAD and the AUTHORITY. Acts 20:28, Colossians 1:18, Matthew 28:18
Again from this site, https://defytyrants.com/01/Romans13appendix.pdf – “Yet, when it comes to civil government, some Christian leaders tell their people that they should always obey, even though there are limitation clauses when it comes to obedience to civil authorities. God’s intent for rulers is that they are a terror not to good works, but to evil (v.3). They are to praise or reward those who do good (v.3). He is to be an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil (v.4). These are limitation clauses. This is God’s definition of good government.”
Lastly, Pastor, when preaching to your flock using the good ole USA as your worldview, do you consider all the other countries in the world? (195) Do you consider how your misplaced view of Romans applies to them?
Just because it’s a law, doesn’t mean it should be obeyed.
Challenge: Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15