who are the governing authorities

“Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities.” (Romans 13),  So what does this mean? This verse has been so misunderstood that I may as well give my opinion. The commentary in my Bible says: Nero was ruler when Paul wrote those words, so we’re supposed to obey even if the government is evil. ” This is nonsense and stupid. Did they read the rest of the chapter.? “For there is  no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgement on themselves.   FOR RULERS ARE NOT A TERROR TO GOOD WORKS BUT TO EVIL. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority?  DO WHAT IS GOOD AND YOU WILL HAVE PRAISE FROM THE SAME. FOR HE IS GOD’S MINISTER TO YOU FOR GOOD. But if you do evil, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain, FOR HE IS GOD’S MINISTER, AN AVENGER TO EXECUTE WRATH ON HIM WHO PRACTICES EVIL. Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience sake.  (Romans 13: 1-5)    These verses plainly say that any authority from God will reward good and punish evil.    Was Nero an authority from God when he persecuted Christians?  Was Hitler an authority from God when he murdered millions?    Just because someone claims to be an authority does not make them one.     GOD DOES NOT RECOGNIZE AN EVIL RULER AS BEING AN AUTHORITY.    Read the book of “Acts”   The apostles told the rulers of their day that they had to Obey God rather than men.   We can only obey rulers as far as they  rule for good, but when they become evil we cannot obey their example or any evil thing we are instructed to do.    Satan sets up wicked rulers when and where ever he can. But God will eventually destroy them all.  God does not recognize any authority except from Himself and God does not do or influence anyone to do evil.   The book of ” James” says” “Every good and perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of Lights  with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”  (James  1:17)      We are in a spiritual war.  It takes prayer and righteous people in agreement for God to set up righteous authority.    If people turn to lawlessness they will get evil rulers, but don’t blame God for them.  “We must obey God rather than men.”     Someone said people get the government they deserve.   This is  true, but if enough people turn back to righteousness there is hope.


2 thoughts on “who are the governing authorities

  1. Good post. Timely.
    God is soveriegn over all rule. There is never a fraction of a second when God does not have complete authority over all RULE in ‘the kingdom of men and places over it the BASEST of men (Dan 4:17)’. Even with Nero, Hitler, and other comparative Evils…they were there ONLY by the permission of God. Satan has no authority or rule other than what God permitts. Though God NEVER desires evil…He often gives nations the rule they ‘desire.’ The Kingdom of God, the Church, the Bride of Christ, the Body of Christ…are separate and apart..spiritually…to the world. We are in the world but not of the world. Righteousness is present in the world…ONLY in the TRUE Body of Christ which is indwelled with the righteous Spirit of Christ …Holy Spirit. The Image of a Man seen by Nebuchadnezzar shows there will NEVER be righteous rule in the world until the Prince of Peace, King of Kings, Lord of Lords…returns to a new heaven and new earth…’wherein dwelleth righteousness. His ways are not our ways. Who knows the mind of God? The Old Testament is filled with examples of how God PERMITTED Israel to be overrun by pagan armies as judgement. We are seeing the progression of evil now as never before…only by the permission of God. He is losing His restraint on Satan…for the purpose of bring days to their end. When He totally releases His ‘restraint’ of Satan..the world will see the final government of the miry-clay tipped ten toes…Anti-Christ..the Abomination of Desolation. The Image seen by Nebuchadnezzar and revealed by Daniel (Dan 2:31) was a view of world governments starting with Babylon and degenerating all the way to the ‘earthy’ …’vile’…’miry clay’ (as earthy as it gets) God-permitted rule and reign of Anti-Christ…..culminating with the Second Coming of Christ.

    Da 4:17 This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.

    I am so delighted at the clarity with which God has revealed the world’s ‘happenings’ to us in the Word. So many today are wringing their hands and trying to ‘elect’ righteous’ leaders when God has already shown us in Daniel that there will never again be a righteous government in this world.. Government is ordained of God for guidance…for restraint…for Law…. but not to perpetuate righteousness. Righteousness comes only through the Grace and transforming Power of God through Christ.
    Presidents are Ceasar. And we are to render to Ceasar that which is Ceasar’s, and to God that which is God’s. We are to follow the law of the land e.g. taxes owed, speed limits, and so forth. But the rulers of the land have no authority over a man’s soul. When government demands its citizens to reject God…it time to do as the Hewbrew children….head for the fiery furnace KNOWING there will be a fourth man walking!

    Didn’t mean to be so lengthy. Feel free to read and delete.

    Again, good post.

    Carolyn / internetelias.wordpress.com

    1. thanks for the comment. the way I look at is: God gave man dominion over this world but man gave it to satan. Christians are given authority from Jesus Christ to take it back. It’s a spiritual war, but I believe that man is to blame for permitting evil. I don’t like to say that “God permits evil because it’s not God permitting evil but people. I also do not think that God likes us to say he created satan, because He created lucifer as a perfect being. the pride origionated in lucifer who then became satan. Of course i agree with you that God is ultimately in control, but in this life all evil is the result of sin. and the innocent suffer because of the sins of others. I am for electing righteous leaders and I believe we should never give up praying for a righteous government because Paul said to pray for leaders so we might live in peace. I think its in Timothy. God be with you

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