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By Pastor Ernie Sanders
July 8, 2001

You have heard it preached from the pulpits of the churches all across America: "Christians must obey Civil Government; that is what the Bible teaches." [Were the Jews taught this lie in the 1930's Germany?] This is a false teaching filled with error. The truth is that the Bible teaches that man and Civil Government must obey God or suffer the consequences. Did you ever ask yourself, "Where did we get the institute of Human Government?" Let us go back to Genesis, Chapter 9 and the Noahic Covenant. Here God establishes the sovereign institution of Human Government as ordained by Himself. Four points of Law were clearly defined. First, the Covenant Law was with all mankind for perpetual generations. Second, the intent of Human Government as ordained by God was that man was to govern for God. The third purpose of Human Government was to preserve the image of God, that being man. Fourth, the means that man was to use to govern for God were God�s Laws, statues, precepts, covenants, commands, ordinances and promises.  (Genesis 9:9, 12, 1

God's command was very clear. He gave man complete dominion over the earth environment (Geneses 9:1-3) but kept dominion of man for Himself. (Genesis 9:4-7) The statue of the death penalty was given in Genesis 9:4-7. The purpose of the death penalty was to preserve life. (Genesis 9:6)

But doesn't the Bible teach that we must always obey government, even a Godless, corrupt government? No, a thousand times no. (Acts 5:29-32)  [The true and loving God would never ask his people to obey evil, never, this is a lie perpetrated by blind leaders of the blind preachers.]

But why do so many preachers teach that Romans 13 says we must obey even a Godless, corrupt government? There are several reasons for this false teaching. The main reason is what is known as a 501c3 tax statue that is issued by the state to religious organizations. To receive a 501c3 tax statue, a church or ministry must enter into a covenant with the state. The church at this point ceases to be a church and becomes a corporation.

The structure of the corporation under a 501c3 is as follows: The state is the head, and the pastor of the corporation is an agent for the state. The corporation must have a board of directors and a constitution. The state has the power to revoke the 501c3 status of the corporation, if the corporation violates the state's rules. The state then can confiscate the property of the corporation, such as buildings or anything else owned by that corporation. This is the reason for the misrepresentation of Romans 13 by so many pastors from the pulpits of 501c3 corporate churches.

When a pastor or the members of a 501c3 corporate church takes a biblical stand against that which is not lawful according to God, but yet legal according to the state, they run the risk of losing their property. When the state takes that which is unlawful according to God and makes it legal by license, they commit an act of high treason against God. The state at this point sets itself up as a rival god. This is a violation of the first Commandment. (Exodus 20:3)

A close look at Romans 13 reveals what is a legitimate government ordained of God, compared to that which is illegitimate by acts of disobedience to God's Laws.

Romans 13:1  "Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God; the powers that are ordained by God."

Ask you're self, is you're government today ordained by God? If so, why is the state removing the Ten Commandments from government institutions?

Romans 13:2 "Whosoever therefore resists the power, resists the ordinance of God, and they that resist shall receive unto themselves damnation."  

This verse clearly states that to resist a Godly lawful government (in compliance with God�s Law) is to resist God. To obey ungodly government that resists God�s Laws is to transgress the Law, and that is called treason.

Romans 13:3  "For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? Do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same."  

Since God's purpose in ordaining government in the days of Noah was to restrain evil and promote virtue, we are to be in subjection to any government that fulfills this purpose. Our Founding Fathers rejected King George the third�s government for punishing good and rewarding evil. Christians are never under subjection to injustice, not to a government of wickedness. We are to reject any government that legalizes such evils as abortion, sodomy, gambling, pornography, child-theft, unjust and unlawful taxes, etc.

Romans 13:4  "For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil."  

The officer of the state is ordained of God to minister that, which is good. Therefore, the town�s mayor is as much a minister of God as the local pastor, but in a very different way. The mayor is to conduct his office in a manner that is in subjection to God�s Laws. For example, if an abortion mill sought permission to open its doors in a local town for the purpose of killing babies, the mayor, in obedience to God, must deny permission. When a police officer is called to arrest Christians for rescuing babies at an abortion mill, that police officer is obligated not to hinder the Lord�s work. (Proverbs 24:10-12) He is also obligated to protect such Christians from those who kill babies. (I John 3:16 When a pastor tells a police officer that he must obey the government and arrest Christians for rescuing children, he commits several sins. First, that pastor becomes a fearful liar. (Revelations 21:8)  Second, he hinders the Lord�s work. (Proverbs 24:10-12) Third, he causes that police officer to sin by obeying man rather than God. (Acts 4:19 and 5:29)

Romans 13:6-7  "For this cause pay ye tribute also: For they are God�s ministers,  attending continually upon this very thing. Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor." 

Tribute is a tax that is levied on property. We must pay that which is lawful according to the Word of God. Custom is a tax on imports and exports. Again, we must pay that which is lawful according to the Word of God.  Fear: Jesus tells us in Matthew 10:28, �And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul; but rather, fear him who is able to destroy both body and soul in hell.� The Word of God tells us that we are to be bold. (II Timothy 1:7)  Honor:  We are to honor those who are in obedience to God. To honor the wicked just because they are the officers of the state is a sin. (Proverbs 24:23-26, Jeremiah 15:1-4) [If the Jews wouldn't of obeyed the nazi government, some of them might still be alive today] We must obey God rather than man. To do otherwise is sin.

� 2001 - Ernie Sanders - All Rights Reserved

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Pastor Ernie Sanders is the Chancellor of the King�s World Bible School, and Pastor of Doer�s of the Word Baptist Fellowship Church in Chesterland, OH.  He hosts a daily radio talk show �What�s Right, What�s Left� on WCCD 1000 AM, and WHLO 640 AM, Monday thru Friday from 3:00 � 5:00 p.m. EST. He is a Christian activist in the prison and jail ministry. He also has been a pro-life activist since 1974. By the grace of God, Pastor Sanders and those that labor with him have saved over 9000 babies from the state sanctioned evil death of abortion. Contact Ernie Sanders at:








"The structure of the corporation under a 501c3 is as follows: The state is the head, and the pastor of the corporation is an agent for the state. The corporation must have a board of directors and a constitution. The state has the power to revoke the 501c3 status of the corporation, if the corporation violates the state's rules."