A very popular teaching in the Hebrew Roots & Torah groups and other groups is that we are to be "sovereign citizens", meaning that we are not required by The Creator to submit to or to obey man's government and laws. They say that the government is evil and man's laws are evil and that we are ONLY under The Creator's laws and not man's laws. They say the government and law system is from Satan. Some say that you do not have to pay taxes or attain permits such as driver's licenses or car registerations. What does the holy scriptures say?1 Peter 2 13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man (man's government & laws)
for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; 14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. 15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: 16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. 17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king. 18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward. 19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. 20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. 21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: 22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: 23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: 24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. 25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
Proverbs 24:21 My son, fear thou the Lord and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change.Matthew 22 15 Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk. 16 And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men. 17 Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not? 18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites? 19 Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny. 20 And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? 21 They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's. 22 When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.
(Jesus very clearly taught that we must pay taxes. The government creates the money, it belongs to them. If they demand some of the money back, we are to render it to them.)
Romans 13 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. 2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 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: 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. 5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. 6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. 7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.
What did Jesus do? What did Paul do? They both submitted to the police and court system of man's government, without any resistance. The Creator even told Jeremiah to submit to the wicked Babylonian government and The Creator told Jeremiah to instruct the other people to do the same. See Jer.27.
As you can see, the scriptures very clearly instruct us to obey man's government regardless of whether they are wicked or not. Just because we disagree with them is not justification for our disobedience. When we disobey or rebel against man's government, we disobey & rebel against The Creator Himself. Why is this? It's because, according to what scripture says, The Creator is who put these people into power. The Creator has appointed these people to rule over us. The Creator appointed Saul, David, Solomon, Obama and Trump. This doesn't mean they are all righteous, but they are appointed by The Creator for a time and season and for a reason. Even David respected Saul's authority while Saul was repeatedly trying to murder him! David even sentenced a man to death for confessing to killing Saul. (Although the man lied, & Saul had killed himself, but the point is still true that David sentenced a man to death because he though the man killed Saul.) If anyone had any right to resist authority or a king, it was David, but instead, David respected those that GOD had previously placed in control, even though that man became wicked!
According to scripture, The Creator created government and law. That's the origin of law & government, not Satan. Even the court system of man judging man was created by The Creator. Mose's father-in-law told Moses to appoint judges & officers. That was wise advice, which Moses took and The Creator never corrected Moses or his father-in-law for this. Even if you dislike your government, the fact still remains that GOD gave us human kings and human government and works via that government and those kings. We are not to be a lawless people, without government and laws. To not have human government, human laws, human police and a human court system, we would be extremely out of control and it would be unsafe to live anywhere. We need the police, human laws, human court system and human government. Because without it, there would be total chaos. All law except Islamic Sharia Law is based upon "how to treat others with love", which is based upon the 10 Commandments given by the Creator. All good law goes back to the Creator. Law & decency was given by GOD. Without it, would be nothing but wickedness.
If you are against the government or man's laws, then you have no right to call the police or ambulance when you need them. You also have no right to travel the roads that were paved by man's government & paid for by their law of taxes. You also do not have any right to collect Social Security or disability or food stamps, or to go to court to sue a person, or to sue the government. Because when you accept those payments, or use the very system that you do not believe in, you expose yourself as a hypocrite.
The only exception that the bible gives is only when the government forbids us from obeying GOD. Daniel & the 3 young men continued to pray regardless of man's law, and they refused to worship the golden idol.
Patriots, It never gives an exception for when you don't like the rulers or when you disagree with them, or when there is a coup or another group takes over. You can't say "I won't obey because I don't accept the authenticity of your rule", or because the rulers are Freemasons. According to the bible, even when there is an invasion or a take over of government, it is GOD Himself who has appointed it. He determines the outcome of wars, and He sends invasions when the inhabitants are wicked. People are under wicked rule because the people are wicked. If you don't like the government, REPENT!
We can't disobey the government just because we want to, or because we want a better government. If you live in a nation where you are allowed to protest, vote, sign petitions, etc, then that's the route that you should take to change the government and laws, as well as to repent. But you can't righteously declare yourself as sovereign to GOD only, because GOD says that you are to submit to man's government that HE has appointed, even when they are wicked. That's The Creator's Law. That's Scripture, like it or not. Stop being rebellious!
There is law, and there are consquences for rebellion to that law. When we sin via rebelling against man's laws or the creator's laws, we will suffer the consquences. As the scripures above declare,
Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 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: 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.
Disobey & rebel, and you will eventually lose the court cases and everything will be taken away from you including your freedom. It's time people learn to respect authority and to humble themselves and realize that the creator is in control even when wicked rulers/judges are in power.
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