How To Disobey The Authorities

Sun, May 05, 2019
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. - Romans 13:1–2 (ESV) Paul wrote these words to a group of people who lived under a government that at the time was ambivalent and mostly ignorant to Christianity, but in a few short years things would not be nearly as peaceable. Caesar would not only demand loyalty, but worship. Christianity would be outlawed and severely persecuted. Under these circumstances how do we think about these words? Is there a limit to submission? Is there a time or even a duty at times to disobey the authorities? When is that? Last week, I entitled the message How to Obey the Authorities. This week I want to take a different angle out of the same passage and idea. I want to look at How to Disobey the Authorities. We will look at how and when we are to go expressly against the wish and power of the civil authorities. I want to encourage you to read through Acts 4 to see one instance early in the life of the church that this happened. Come ready to consider your own disobedience.
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