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March 8, 2013

TISCIONE: Know the difference!

The REV. LOU TISCIONE

Our country has been moving toward a society that is controlled by the government. Christians will be faced with many decisions. We will need to know our duty to the government and our duty to God.

On the one hand, the Bible calls Christians to obey the governing authorities (Romans 13:1). God ordained civil authorities for the good and welfare of all people. Christians need to be obedient citizens. The Apostle Paul said to do otherwise is to resist God. Paul wrote those words while under the authority of the Roman Empire.

God has established a sphere of rule, a granted authority, to civil government. God has not given over all authority to civil government. Christians confess that Jesus is Lord. The early Christians lost their lives because they refused to confess that Caesar is lord. We, the church, live under the headship of Christ. He is King and Head of the church. Christ died for His bride, the church.

The church must know how to act when man’s law contradicts God’s. When Peter and John were commanded by the government to cease from preaching the truth of Christ, they responded to the leaders, “We must obey God rather than men.” By making that decision, they experienced the consequences of disobeying men.

The foundation necessary to make those kinds of decisions must be taught in the church. The Apostles’ John and Peter were quick to respond to the leaders of their day because they knew the truth of God.

Jesus gave a command to the church before He ascended into heaven. He declared that He had all authority in heaven and on the earth. Then He commanded His followers to continue to make followers. He gave the means by which followers were to be made. He said to baptize them in the name of the triune God and to teach everything that He had commanded. Matthew 28:18-20

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