THE EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO THE ROMANS
MIXING RELIGION AND POLITICS IN THE BIBLE
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THE EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO THE ROMANS
RELIGIOUS POLITICS LESSON
MIXING RELIGION AND POLITICS IN THE BIBLE JOURNEY
Hello again. Welcome back
to Daily Bread and our continuing study of Paul's letter to the Romans.
There are many people who will tell you that there are two things that they
don't like to discuss with other people, and those two things are politics
and religion. Well, Paul isn't afraid to talk about either one of them.
Don't forget that
this letter was addressed to all that be in Rome, all the beloved of God,
and all who are called to be saints, and that most every country that
compassed the Mediterranean Sea was under rule of the Roman Empire at the
You've got to assume that many countries, when under the rule of
another country are opposed to the idea, unless there is famine or poverty
or other hardship that the ruling country is helping to overcome. There was
probably a lot of animosity toward the Romans in that area of the world and
Paul addresses this issue.
RELIGIOUS POLITICS DISCUSSION
MIXING RELIGION AND POLITICS IN THE BIBLE CONCERN
Let every soul be under the authority of the governing powers.
Because there is no power except what comes from God:
the powers that exist are appointed of God.
Think back for a
moment to when Jerusalem was carried away into Babylon. What did God say
And it shall come to pass, that the nation and kingdom
which will not serve the same Nebuchadnezzar the king of
Babylon, and that will not put their neck under the yoke of the
king of Babylon, that nation will I punish, saith the Lord, with the sword, and with the famine, and with the
pestilence, until I have consumed them by his hand.
Just as in every case, be sure that the authority you are respecting is
indeed of God. There will be a time when antichrist will be in authority
over the whole world, but you know that his dominance is not an appointment
Antichrist Study Paul is referring to leaders that are appointed by God.
RELIGIOUS POLITICS STUDY
MIXING RELIGION AND POLITICS IN THE BIBLE WARNING
Whoever therefore resists the authority,
resists the ordinance of God:
and those who resist shall receive to themselves judgment.
For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil.
Will you then not be afraid of the authority?
Do that which is good, and you will have praise from those who do good.
For he (your ruler) is the servant of God to you for good.
But if you do that which is evil, be afraid;
because he (your ruler) doesn't carry the sword without reason:
for he is the servant of God,
an avenger to execute wrath upon those who do evil.
So, it's necessary to be under authority,
not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
Because for this reason you pay tax also:
because they are God's ministers,
and it's their job to do these things.
Pay to all, what they are due:
tribute to whom tribute is due;
custom to whom custom is due;
fear to whom fear is due;
and honor to whom honor is due.
RELIGIOUS POLITICS MEANING
MIXING RELIGION AND POLITICS IN THE BIBLE DANGER
government and law are two different things. Government is made up of
servants of God to keep order among peoples and nations, otherwise the world
would be utter chaos.
You may wonder how government can be favorable in
God's eyes, since He didn't want a king over Israel in the first place, but
though Israel had no king, they did indeed have government. They had elders
and judges and prophets and armies and etc.
Law, in biblical terms on the other hand refers to
moral behaviors and decisions which were imposed on mankind in the Old
Testament, but was replaced by the New Testament of Faith.
So, we can
conclude that we are under the authority of the government, but no longer
under the old law of the Old Testament, but we are now under the new law of
the New Testament.
RELIGIOUS POLITICS DEBATE
MIXING RELIGION AND POLITICS IN THE BIBLE FEAR
Owe no man any thing, except to love one another:
because he that loves another has fulfilled the law.
Thou shalt not commit adultery,
Thou shalt not kill,
Thou shalt not steal,
Thou shalt not bear false witness,
Thou shalt not covet;
and if there be any other commandment,
are all included in this saying:
Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
Love does no evil to his neighbor:
therefore love is the fulfilling of the new law.
And knowing the time,
that now it is high time (long past time) to awake out of sleep:
because now our salvation is nearer than what we believed.
The night is far spent, the day is at hand:
let us therefore cast off the works of darkness,
and let us put on the armor of light.
Let us walk honestly, as in the day;
not in rioting and drunkenness,
not in chambering and wantonness
(gangs and unrestraint),
not in strife and envying
(trouble and jealousy).
But put on the Lord Jesus Christ,
and provide no opportunity to fulfill the desires of the flesh.
RELIGIOUS POLITICS CONCLUSION
MIXING RELIGION AND POLITICS IN THE BIBLE SUMMARY
There's still more
to learn in the next three chapters of this great letter from Paul, so hurry
on back and we'll share it together, right here at Daily Bread.
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