In DANIEL 4:17, it is written that the most High God, rules in the kingdom of men and gives it to whomsoever He wills. He also sets up higher powers, to ensure law and order in the kingdom of men. And these higher powers are the Judiciary, which in the sight of God are sacrosanct, and therefore the most important arm of Government, in the sight of God. And so, the command of God to all men is that they should be subject to these higher powers, as written in ROMANS 13:1, and I quote, “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.” Why? Because these higher powers, chiefly the Magistrates and the Judges, are God’s own ministers, who bear the sword, to execute judgment upon those that do evil in the society. Even though they are lords over the citizens, yet, they are servants unto God. All souls, therefore, especially believers in Christ, must be subject to all magistrates and judges, both for conscience sake and for wrath’s sake, as written in ROMANS 13:4-5, and I quote, “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. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but for conscience sake.”
Any civil government in power, or any citizen of the country, and of course, any believer in Christ, who resists these magistrates or judges by refusing to obey their order, is resisting the ordinance of God, and shall receive to themselves damnation, as written in ROMANS 13:2, and I quote, “WHOSOEVER THEREFORE RESISTETH THE POWER, RESISTETH THE ORDINANCE OF GOD: AND THEY THAT RESIST SHALL RECEIVE TO THEMSELVES DAMNATION.” Christians are reminded in TITUS 3:1, that they must be subject to the powers that be, by obeying the order of magistrates and judges, and must be ready to do every good work, so that they will not be damned.
Judges and magistrates, being the ministers of God, are also warned to take heed what they do, for they judge not for man, but for the Lord, who is with them in all their judgments, as written in 2 CHRONICLES 19:6, and I quote, “TAKE HEED WHAT YE DO: FOR YE JUDGE NOT FOR MAN BUT FOR THE LORD, WHO IS WITH YOU IN THE JUDGMENT.” Magistrates and judges must know that they are judging for the Lord, and not for man, and so, must not judge with the fear of man or with the fear of the Government in power, but with the fear of God, who put them in power, and who is with them in their judgments. And in VERSE 7, it is written, and I quote, “WHEREFORE, NOW, LET THE FEAR OF THE LORD BE UPON YOU; TAKE HEED AND DO IT: FOR THERE IS NO INIQUITY WITH THE LORD OUR GOD, NOR RESPECT OF PERSONS, NOR TAKING OF GIFTS.”
Therefore, as ministers or servants of God, no iniquity should be found with magistrates or judges, and they should have no respect of persons, neither should they take gifts to pervert the judgment of the one that is right, otherwise they will incur the wrath of God.
The role of the true church in a civil government, is to preach to the kingdom of men, salvation from sin, and from every evil work, and to engage herself in prayers of intercession for those, who are in authority, especially for magistrates and judges, who have God’s sword, in their hands, for the execution of justice, so that this sword, may be applied rightly in the fear of God. Because of this important divine role of the church, in the society, saints of God are not to sue one another to any law court. Rather, they must judge every matter amongst themselves, as we can read in 1 CORINTHIANS 6:1, and I quote, “DARE ANY OF YOU HAVING A MATTER AGAINST ANOTHER, GO TO LAW BEFORE THE UNJUST AND NOT BEFORE THE SAINTS?” In VERSES 2-3, Apostle Paul further questioned, and I quote, “Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? And if the world shall be judged by you, are ye not worthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? How much more things that pertain to this life?”
A true church is also a militant church, which must always be in constant spiritual warfare with all the demons of lawlessness in the nation, and with the demons which hinder good governance and the prosperity of the nation. In 2 CHRONICLES 7:14, it is written, and I quote, “IF MY PEOPLE, WHICH ARE CALLED BY MY NAME, SHALL HUMBLE THEMSELVES, AND PRAY, AND SEEK MY FACE, AND TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS; THEN WILL I HEAR FROM HEAVEN, AND WILL FORGIVE THEIR SIN, AND WILL HEAL THEIR LAND.” Therefore, the militant church should be a praying church and the saints of God, should be prayer-warriors, who must not entangle themselves in politicking, so that they can please Jesus, who has chosen them to be spiritual soldiers, as written in 2 TIMOTHY 2:4, and I quote “NO MAN THAT WARRETH ENTANGLETH HIMSELF WITH THE AFFAIRS OF THIS LIFE; THAT HE MAY PLEASE HIM WHO HAS CHOSEN HIM TO BE A SOLDIER!” The healing of any nation and the stability of any civil government and of the Judiciary and even the peace of any nation, depends upon a militant praying church, whose Great Commander is the LORD JESUS, because He is the LORD of hosts and at the same time, the Prince of Peace, as written in ISAIAH 9:6, and I quote, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called WONDERFUL, COUNSELLOR, THE MIGHTY GOD, THE EVERLASTING FATHER, THE PRINCE OF PEACE.”
And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free, thus saith the LORD.
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