On “Submit Yourselves to Every Ordinance of Man For The Lord’s Sake”

 Countering the misapplication of the “submit to authority” scriptures. Empowerment to solid and godly Christian posture.

 

For The LORD’s Sake

ROMANS 13:1-7

1 Let every soul be subject to the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
2 Whoever therefore resists the power, resists the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Will you then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and you shall have praise of the same:
4 For he is the minister of God to you for good. But if you do that which is evil, be afraid; for he bears not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath on him that does evil.
5 Why you must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
6 For for this cause pay you tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually on this very thing.
7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.

1PETER 2:13-21

13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;
14 Or to governors, as to them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.
15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:
16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
17 Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.
18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the fraudulent.
19 For this is thank worthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.
20 For what glory is it, if, when you be buffeted for your faults, you shall take it patiently? but if, when you do well, and suffer for it, you take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.
21 For even hereunto were you called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow his steps:

The above scriptures have been a thorn in the side of many who are torn between obeying the government and maintaining the integrity of their Christian faith and obedience to a Holy God and His moral law. Are these scripture to be taken literally? Do they stand alone and exclusive to the remaining balance of scripture? Are they currently being taught right? Are there boundaries, conditions, limitations which confine the scope of the directives given within these verses? We will examine these issues and answer the questions presented and thereby gain a more complete understanding of the question of how to deal with the “powers” that be according to sound reason and God’s Holy word. We will explore biblical attitudes, postures and requirements when faced with out of control tyrannical governments as well as consider the clash between the eternal kingdom of God and the temporary makeshift earthly government systems.

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2Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
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A CLOSER LOOK

Romans 13:1 Let every soul be subject to the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

According to the word of God, it is clear that “every soul be subject to the higher powers”.  It is also clear that God is the author and sole distributor of “power” and that these “powers”, what ever they are, are ordained of God, “the powers that be are ordained of God”.

So what are these “powers”?

The word “powers”, used in this scripture is from the greek word, exousia (ex-ou-see’-ah).
[“G1849 ἐξουσία exousia (ex-ou-see’-ah)
1. privilege
2. (subjectively) force, capacity, competency, freedom
3. (objectively) mastery (concretely, magistrate, superhuman, potentate, token of control), delegated influence:
KJV: authority, jurisdiction, liberty, power, right, strength.]

This is the same word for “power” used in Ephesians 6:12:

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places”.

This is not the same word, “power”, which is attributed to God, which is “dunamis”, (miracle working power). This difference indicates the distinction between the God ordained earthly governmental institution and it’s personnel from the very power of God Himself, which is Holy, incorruptible and inherent in Him.

By the context of the scripture at issue and by the definition given of the Greek word chosen for “powers”, it must be indisputable that God has ordained earthly governmental institutions. It must also be noted that this distribution of “exousia” power is corruptible and subject to the moral disposition of the holder of such power.

While the power has been given by God for an intended purpose, that does not guarantee that it will be used for such.

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2Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
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Whoever therefore resists the power, resists the ordinance …

Whoever therefore resists the “power”,

[“exuosia”,
1. privilege
2. (subjectively) force, capacity, competency, freedom
3. (objectively) mastery (concretely, magistrate, superhuman, potentate, token of control), delegated influence:
KJV: authority, jurisdiction, liberty, power, right, strength.],

resists the “ordinance” ,

[G1296 διαταγή diatage (dee-at-ag-ay’)
1. arrangement, i.e. institution
KJV: instrumentality] of God.

When we look at the word “ordinance”, as used here in Romans 13:2, we see it clearly implicated in the word study that the institution is for God’s sake, or God’s purpose.

Further, when we look at the text of Romans 13:1-7, we see conditions and definitions given for the purpose of the described “power[s] and ordinance”. We must beware not to consider every power that exists as being included among these passages.

To put it more clearly, “whosoever therefore resists the rightfully used power, (that power which is being used for that which God established it), is resisting the “ordinance” of God.

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2Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
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Damnation

Whoever therefore resists the power, resists the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves “damnation”.

This word, “damnation” does not mean to perish in hell as many would have you believe, as if to scare you into a controllable posture.

It comes from the Greek word, “Krima.
{G2917 κρίμα krima (kree’-mah):
1. a decision (the function or the effect, for or against (“crime”)):
KJV: avenge, condemned, condemnation, damnation, + go to law, judgment.

Compare to the stronger word used for damnation or damn, “krisis”, which includes a divine component and was at times used by Jesus in the gospels.

G2920 κρίσις krisis (kree’-sis):
1. decision (subjectively or objectively, for or against)
2. (by extension) a tribunal
3. (by implication) justice (especially, divine law):
KJV: accusation, condemnation, damnation, judgment.

“Krima” damnation is a legal term connected to the described earthly power. To think that it means eternal damnation causes some serious doctrinal questions on the source and sustaining of one’s salvation. I will assure you that the resisters of any power, good or evil are likely to fall into this category of “krima” damnation. In other words you are going to get into trouble with the earthly institution.

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2Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
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To What End?

Using the sound mind God gave us, let us consider that which upon hearing must of necessity be received as a self-evident truth. That is the supposition that if God has ordained earthly governmental institutions, that He has done so for a good reason.

In instituting an earthly government, He must of necessity have an end, an ultimate intention and the instituting of the government is simply a means to that end. The intention, the end for which an earthly government must be instituted, must be right and good for God, for man and creation; for I am sure we all agree that God is good, and His will toward us is good and is intended ultimately to bring Him glory. This is obvious and is stated in the text;

“For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Will you then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and you shall have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to you for good. But if you do that which is evil, be afraid; for he bears not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath on him that does evil”.

We see here the reason why God instituted earthly government; to punish evil doers and to reward the good. The scope of authority, of power, of the means afforded to the institution to meet the end for which it was instituted by God are set/established by the end for which the authority has been created, instituted, ordained.

The legitimacy of authority is confined within these conditions and when authorities impose their power outside of their boundaries, they become illegitimate, unordained, tyrannical institutions and no moral agent can be required to subject themselves to such an apparatus.

“For he is the minister of God to you for good”.  The conditions of authority are clear. Nero did not kill Christians because they subjected themselves to his authority as self proclaimed potentate. Nero killed Christians because they resisted his decree, his gospel, with the profession of the true gospel that Jesus Christ is Lord Supreme, the kingdom of God holds their citizenship and their allegiance is to the LORD God Almighty, not some small minded enemy of righteousness in the earth. They knew that the only reason he could kill them is if God gave it to him to do so and were not afraid to resist his tyranny. They were under no moral obligation to obey his ungodly commands nor to support in anyway his ungodly worldly system.

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2Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound.
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“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, said the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

The thought that God would ordain an institution which demands adherence to requirements which strip men of their dignity and causes souls to disregard the moral laws of God is preposterous at best. God has not instituted an unrighteous institution. We are necessarily bound by a moral obligation to inspect such governments to discern which of the laws and requirements set forth are in sync with the good and right purpose for which they are instituted; and to resist those laws and requirements which, if we submitted to them, would cause us to do harm to God’s purpose for Himself, for man and the general well being of creation.

1Peter 2:13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake:

The men who find themselves in these governments establish ordinances, laws, requiremnets that are imposed upon the subjects governed “for the Lord’s sake”. Inherent in that statement is the condition again placed upon the magistrates that they govern for God’s intended purpose.

In America, the framers of the Constitution understood this. That amazing document, The Constitution For The United States Of America was framed to guarantee that the end for which God established these earthly institutions would be met. That constitution is still valid and to this day demands our allegiance to it’s precepts with the authority of God behind it.

The men who rule in America have departed from the ruling document and are impostors, traitors, criminals who are outside the preordained purpose of God for their office and are thereby subject to the wrath of almighty God. The word of God is the standard by which God wants the nations to be established.

Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.


Colossians 3:6 …the wrath of God comes on the children of disobedience:

1Peter 2:13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake:

This means that we are to submit to the Constitution For The United States Of America, the ordinance of men which governs over us. We are most assuredly called to obey this document in so far as it qualifies under the conditions heretofore established.

In the next section we will look at how difficult this may be and how foreign the contents of our own Constitution may be to us.

Let us take a look at the Militia as descibed in the Constitution as a real life example of:

PERPLEXITIES OF OBEYING THE SCRIPTURES  ON CIVIL DUTIES

(A Brief Look)

Now as a brief example of where a difficult choice concerning our obedience to scripture and the ordinance of man lie, and as an example of how unfamiliar we are or, may be, with our own governing document, consider the following:

United States Code, Tiltle 10, Chapter 13-The Militia, Section 311;

The Militia
Militia, Section 311;

“(a) The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are commissioned officers of the National Guard.

And

The Constitution For The United States Of America

Article 1, Section 8 ;

“To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the laws of the Union, suppress insurrections and repel invasions; to provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining the Militia, and for governing such part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the appointment of the officers, and the authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress…

So now what? If congress calls forth the Militia, are you ready? Can you discern the difference between a lawful order and an unlawful order?

Is this requirement one which your faith in Christ demands or forbids you to follow?

What if Congress calls forth the Militia to resist the Executive branch? Then what?

Did you even know you are or ever have been a Militia member as defined by the U.S. Code?

If we are in a quandary over these things, then what will we do with laws and requirements that are demanding our allegiance that are not even lawful by our Constitution?

The point is we are now so buried in corruption that we are faced with a struggle between going with the flow, obeying and demanding constitutional requirements and we have our faith to consider. What do we do while disobeying the other?

I hope that gets you thinking. It is time for backbone. Backbone can be found in the bible and in righteous living through relationship with Jesus Christ.

We can’t just carelessly tell people that God says we have to obey the government. Pastors will be telling you that it is your Christian duty to obey the government. This will become worse as time goes on in these last days.

(I must say, those who have not investigated this matter are not qualified to impose the scriptures at issue upon their fellow man.)

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2Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
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RIGHTS ARE NOT WRONG

Now, there can be no responsibility assigned to man without a right respectively.

Example:

We have the responsibility before God and to the Constitution to protect our family, our country, and our Constitution. It is ridiculous to have such a requirement placed upon us while not having the means provided and or protected by which to fulfill such responsibility. To wit: the 2nd Amendment, the right to keep and to bear arms and the necessity of a well regulated Militia.

More on rights as they pertain to the faith below, but first let’s consider this:

Romans 13:4 For he is the minister of God to you for good. But if you do that which is evil, be afraid; for he bears not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath on him that does evil.

What if you are called on as a Militia member to bear the sword as a revenger to execute wrath on members of another branch of government who doeth evil?  Or even on fellow citizens? After all don’t Christians always say,

“ROMANS 13:1-2 Let every soul be subject to the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.2 Whoever therefore resists the power, resists the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation”?

What will you do when it is time to apply this to your own self? Haven’t thought about it? You better start.

Food For Thought

Were the precepts, suppositions and act described below with or without the divine providence of God?

Were the men involved in obedience to God or in rebellion?

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America, When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. — That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying it’s foundation on such principles and organizing it’s powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence indeed will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. –Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. ..

MORE ON RIGHTS

One can not speak of “giving up our rights for Christ” and obeying the scripture at the same time. Every responsibility has of necessity a right to that which is necessary to fulfill the responsibility. Some of the things our culture demands as “rights”, are not rights at all but license lasciviousness which things I do not condone.

No rights exist apart from a responsibility that necessitates their existence.

The responsibility can only be for just, right and good ends. Rights are given to us by our creator God who also has given us our responsibilities as moral agents created in His image and endowed with a conscience as a divine witness and guide of the inherent moral code.

No responsibility can be assigned without the right to the means by which to fulfill the responsibility. Any consideration other than this is absurd. God is not Absurd.

1Cor 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but to us which are saved it is the power of God.

1Cor 1:21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibitting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Matthew 10:7 And as you go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Mark 3:14 And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach,…

Mark 16:15 And he said to them, Go you into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

Obviously we have a responsibilty to preach the gospel. Preaching is good, it is God’s ordained method by which to present His son and the cross to the lost.

Obviously again the 1st Amendment is God’s will. When a law or an ordinance is passed which forbids us to preach Christ in public, we are not bound to that law. We will choose, Acts 5:29, “to obey God rather than men”. This was spoken by the same Peter who said, “submit yourself to every ordinance of man”.

The responsibility to preach is made possible to fulfill by the creator endowed right to free speech.

“to obey God rather than men”

“to obey God rather than men”


“to obey God rather than men”

Observation and acceptance of this principle is required of us by sound logic, theo-logic, moral obligation, the word of God. Rights are not wrong.  We do not have the right to relinquish our creator endowed rights any more than we have the right to commit suicide.

INCOMPATIBILITY OF CHURCH AND STATE

The institution of the state, or government is a temporary necessity until Christ comes and institutes His government on earth. God did ordain these earthly governments of men but that does not make them godly. On the contrary, at best it is grinding evil against evil to contain evil.

Worldly government has no future; however the institution seeks to expand itself and the people therein have great visions of utopia and long life in power on the earth. This is sin. No earthly government will ever submit to God to the exclusion of it’s own interests.

When Christ’s government is instituted at His return, these earthly institutions will be done away with. Therefore they are the enemy of Christ and their plans and His plans are in direct competition for the allegiance of man.

Further, the closer we get to the return of Christ, the more friction there will be between the church and the worldly governments and the more perplexing and difficult it will be to coexist peaceably without compromising the faith.

You see, in order for the two institutions to peaceably coexist, is for one to water down the other. That is either the worldly institution will water down the church or the church will water down the worldly institution. But as each progresses toward it’s pure form, they grow diametrically opposed to each other and unavoidably hostile to one another.

The very presence of the church, the kingdom of God, Christ’s ever increasing government, is antagonistic to the makeshift temporary earthly governments through which Satan seeks; to rule all of humanity; to mature his rebellion against God; and the destruction of God’s prized possession which Jesus Christ our Lord purchased by his blood on the cross.

While we are called to submit to the ordinances of men and to be subject to the powers that be, it is by necessity to a lesser degree than our allegiance to the kingdom of God and His purposes.

As a moral obligation, our energy and our resources granted to us by our heavenly Father, are to be spent in the best and most productive way possible, with the establishing of the kingdom of God as the end object of all our volition.

Psalm 24:1 The earth is the LORD’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful.

I tell you earthly goverments are always without ceasing, the objects of God’s attention and His divine providence whether it be for blessing or for wrath, he is in all the details. Men are accountable to Him for how they have stewarded His benevolent ordinance.

Although it may seem that men have shut the door on God in government, that is in fact not a possible consideration. They have only shut the door on themselves, keeping themselves from God’s favor and departing from His divine and benevolent will.

Earthly government, God’s good and favorable purpose for it, and the tragic path it has taken are worthy objects of our attention. Our perspective as we examine and deal with earthly government ought to be the perspective and the posture of the prophets, priests and kings of the eternal kingdom of God.


1Timothy 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;


1Timothy 2:2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

1Timothy2:3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior;

By the way, that doesn’t mean to thank God for all men, it means on behalf of or in the place of all men. Check your concordance you will see. Can you imagine? Thank you Lord for Hitler may he put to good use the gold teeth he stole from my mother’s dead malnutritioned body.

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2Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
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We, here in America, Live in a Constitutional Republic

Remember?

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the REPUBLIC for which it stands…..”

We do not have a King. We have a ruling document, The Constitution For The United States Of America.

We have three Branches of government meant to distribute power and keep one another in check. These THREE BRANCHES ARE SUBJECT TO THE PEOPLE WHOM THEY SERVE.

In America, we have become so reprobate that we have abdicated our responsibility to keep our civil servants honest and lawful. Remember we vote?

The President or Executive branch, the legislative branch, (Senate and Congress), the Judicial branches of government are a reflection of the cumulative heart condition of all  American citizens.

The American people got what they asked for. Look at your government and see yourself America. You did this and now you want to blame the “King”. Now you want a “King” to blame and to fix all your problems. You are duped. It was your job and you blew it. Take the responsibility.

NOW COMES CHASTISEMENT FROM ON HIGH

Ezekiel 33:11 Say to them, As I live, said the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn you, turn you from your evil ways; for why will you die, O house of Israel?  (America)

Ezekiel 3:17 Son of man, I have made you a watchman to the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from 
me.

Ezekiel 3:18 When I say to the wicked, You shall surely die; and you give him not warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at your hand.

Ezekiel 3:19 Yet if you warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.

Ezekiel 3:20 Again, When a righteous man does turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumbling-block before him, he shall die: because you have not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at your hand.

Ezekiel 3:21 Nevertheless if you warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he does not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also you have delivered your soul.

Psalm 2:1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

Psalm 2:2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,

Psalm 2:3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

Psalm 2:4 He that sits in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision.

Psalm2:5 Then shall he speak to them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.

Psalm2:6 Yet have I set my king on my holy hill of Zion.

Psalm2:7 I will declare the decree: the LORD has said to me, You are my Son; this day have I begotten you.

Psalm2:8 Ask of me, and I shall give you the heathen for your inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for your possession.

Psalm2:9 You shall break them with a rod of iron; you shall dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.

Psalm2:10 Be wise now therefore, O you kings: be instructed, you judges of the earth.

Psalm2:11 Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

Psalm2:12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

Hear The Words of Jeremiah and Apply Them to Yourself America

God is the one who brings the storm, the quake and the armies against you.

Don’t blame the storms, quakes and invasions on the devil lest you blaspheme your God and compound your woes.

God is dealing with you as He said He would. Will you not believe it even as you see it come to pass? The LORD your God is not done with you yet.



Jeremiah 18:7 At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it;

Jeremiah 18:8 If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do to them.

Jeremiah 18:9 And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it;

Jeremiah 18:10 If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, with which I said I would benefit them.

Jeremiah 23:19 Behold, a whirlwind of the LORD is gone forth in fury, even a grievous whirlwind: it shall fall grievously on the head of the wicked.

Jeremiah 23:20 The anger of the LORD shall not return, until he have executed, and till he have performed the thoughts of his heart: in the latter days you shall consider it perfectly.

Jeremiah 23:21 I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.

Jeremiah 23:22 But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people to hear my words, then they should have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings.

Jeremiah 23:23 Am I a God at hand, said the LORD, and not a God afar off?

Jeremiah 25:31 A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the LORD has a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give them that are wicked to the sword, said the LORD.

Jeremiah 25:32 Thus said the LORD of hosts, Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth.

Jeremiah 25:33 And the slain of the LORD shall be at that day from one end of the earth even to the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung on the ground.

Jeremiah 25:34 Howl, you shepherds, and cry; and wallow yourselves in the ashes, you principal of the flock: for the days of your slaughter and of your dispersions are accomplished; and you shall fall like a pleasant vessel.

Jeremiah 25:35 And the shepherds shall have no way to flee, nor the principal of the flock to escape.

Jeremiah 25:36 A voice of the cry of the shepherds, and an howling of the principal of the flock, shall be heard: for the LORD has spoiled their pasture.

Jeremiah 25:37 And the peaceable habitations are cut down because of the fierce anger of the LORD.

Jeremiah 25:38 He has forsaken his covert, as the lion: for their land is desolate because of the fierceness of the oppressor, and because of his fierce anger.

Our true allegiance is to the LORD. Our submition to authorities must never be done in such a way as to cause us to compromise our faith nor the will of God. We resist tyranny and lawlessness even if we must die. If they come to kill you, then your submition will be to the sword, not to the demand for you to relinquish your call in Christ. We are not called to do what ever the authorities tell us to do.

Anyone who uses the scripture to tell you that is in serious error at best and quite possibly an apostate liar and needs to be rebuked, rejected and avoided until he/she repents and serves God in righteousness and integrity.

God has given us a sound mind and we will be held accountable as to how we use it. Do not allow anyone to abuse you with the misapplication of these scriptures on obeying authority.

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