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The Higher Liberty

by Gregory HHC, d
Minister of His Holy Church

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Romans 13

What was Paul attempting to say in his Epistle to the Romans? In the King James version of the Bible chapter 13 begins:

“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.”

A common interpretation of this verse appears in The Living Bible, “Obey the government, for God is the one who has put it there. There is no government anywhere that God has not placed in power. So those who refuse to obey the laws of the land are refusing to obey God, and punishment will follow...” (Romans 13:1-3).

You cannot blame all governments on God anymore than you can blame sin on God. The first thing God did was give man the right to choose, and the responsibility of suffering the consequences.

While it is not right to sin we have the right to choose to sin. Cain chose to go out of the presence of God and create the first city state. What he did was wrong, but he had the right to make that choice. The nature of the government we create is a product of what we are and our souls are formed in the character of the government we choose to serve.

Governments are created by men, not by God. God allows men the power, right, or liberty to create government, but not with impunity. There are many forms of government that are in opposition to God. Man must go out of the presence of God, rejecting Him to create those governments.

They are formed in the image and the character of Satan, who is the adversary of God.1 Even those governments may serve God’s purpose by punishing the wicked who form them. God even forbids man from making covenants with those governments or bowing down or serving them.2

Social Contracts

 

 

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Related Articles and Audio:

  • Romans 13 part 1
    http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/audio/rm/Romans131.ram
  • ROMANS 13 verse 1 the higher liberty
    Does God want us to be subject or to be free?
    http://www.hisholychurch.org/sermon/romans13.php

    Romans 13 and I Peter 2,13-14
    Is the Bible consistent about setting men free or does it contradict itself?
    http://www.hisholychurch.org/sermon/romanspeter.php

    Romans 13, NN Video Series:7-10 4:32
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SEMYx6affo

    Footnotes:

     

    1Matthew 4:8 “Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee...”

    2Exodus 34:12 “Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a snare in the midst of thee:” also Exodus 23:32 and Exodus 34:15 “Lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they go a whoring after their gods, and do sacrifice unto their gods, and one call thee, and thou eat of his sacrifice;”

     

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