The Higher Liberty
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The Higher Liberty
by Gregory HHC, d
Minister of His Holy Church
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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
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. 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.
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