We do NOT need governments. We can live by the law of nature. We did not have a centralized government for the first ten books of the Bible.
The first sentence of the Declaration of Independence tells us that the laws of nature entitles the United States to exist.
There is even a legal maxim that reverts us to the laws of nature:
Legibus sumptis desinentibus, lege naturae utendum est. When laws of the state fail, we must resort to the laws of nature.
This principle was still valid when Abraham Lincoln made his First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1861:
“This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it.”
Does that sound like Lincoln expected us to obey government powers because they are somehow ordained of God to be higher powers? Did Lincoln’s words go over your head? Perhaps you are so blinded by the god of this age (2 Corinthians 4:4) that you don’t understand why a president would speak of overthrowing government.
If you don’t understand why a president would speak of overthrowing government then you don’t understand authority. Abe knew where his authority came from. We The People are the jura summi imperii that created a limited government (limited to the 18 things we delegated to them). The blessing of Liberty was once secured to us posterity. The posterity of We The People are responsible for controlling the creature they inherited.
Government is an offspring* of society’s free will. Unfortunately, we did not control our creature. If society cannot obey it’s creator, don’t expect its creature to obey theirs. (there is mutiny all the way down the chain of command).
* a falling away has revealed a mankind (Greek anthropos) of perdition, the offspring of perdition/destruction.
We did not have a civil government for the first 10 books of the Bible. We did not need one then, and we do not need one now.
- The God of the Bible consistently set men free. Abraham delivered us from Babylon. Moses delivered us from Pharaoh. Christ delivered us from Caesar.
- Galatians 5:1 (KJV) “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”
- Second Corinthians 6:17 (KJV) Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
- Revelation 18:4 (KJV) And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
- Exodus 23:32 Thou shalt make no covenant with them nor with their gods.
Paul tells us in Romans 13 that we are to obey [lawful] authority, and all [lawful] authority comes from God. He did not tell us to obey unlawful authority, which he specifically excluded in verse 3. Paul did not change his mind when he told us he would not be brought under the power of any, in First Corinthians 6:12.
Peter — the apostle who told us to obey God not man in Acts 5:29 — told Christians to submit to government in order to silence the ignorance of foolish men. (First Peter 2:15) and then in verse 16– not use your impunity from the law as a cloak of maliciousness.
The King James Bible is a government published Bible. Published in 1611 by the British government who also had executed Tynndale in 1536 for translating the Bible into English. In 1611 the King James government published their revised version of the Bible. Shortly thereafter Pilgrims fled from the King James government and brought forth on another continent a new nation conceived in liberty. They did not bring the King James Bible to America. They brought the Geneva Bible. We rejected the nonsense that the definition of authority in Romans 13:1 refers to obeying civil government authority.
Steven Miller originally answered Jan 12, 2018
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