When to Not Obey Government


By David Ettinger

Christian Obedience
To obey or not obey? When it comes to government, this is often a paradoxical question for Christians.

There are several passages in the Bible which implore Christians to pray for our governmental leaders and to submit to them. Two in particular stand out: 1 Timothy 2:1-4 and 1 Peter 2:13-17.

Perhaps the weightiest of the governmental passages is Romans 13:1-7. This passage clearly commands believers to obey their governmental leaders – but with a caveat. Christians are to obey government, but only when the government is doing its part, that is, fulfilling the purpose for which God created it.

Let’s take a brief look at several verses from Romans 13.

Verses 1-2
“Every person is to be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore whoever resists authority…

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