Why Christians Submit to the Government (Romans 13:2-5) John MacArthur





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Uploaded on Mar 4, 2011


Romans 13 is the text that we are looking at under this heading of the Christian and government. We'll get to the tax part a little later. We're starting in the first verse and working our way through this really important text. Romans chapter 13.

The opening statement of verse 1 is what we considered last time. It took us the whole time to just kind of get that in place. Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. That is an unqualified statement. It doesn't qualify who those governing authorities are and it doesn't qualify what subjection might mean. Therefore we can conclude that we have an unqualified, unmitigated command to be subjected to the governing authorities, whatever they are.

This is from the Apostle Paul and Peter, you remember, gave us similar instruction, 1 Peter 2:12, "Keep your behavior honest, or excellent among the Gentiles so that in the things in which they slander you as evildoers they may because of your good deeds as they observe them glorify God in the day of visitation. Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every human institution whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent by Him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right. For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silent the ignorance of foolish men."...

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