Romans 13

Romans 13 does not teach unlimited submission to the civil government. This passage presents limitations on the government and describes what the purpose of civil government is. When the civil government breaks the jurisdictional boundaries the Bible sets up for civil government, we are obligated to resist it. We are to get civil government to restrict itself to the limits the Bible places on it.

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Romans 13: The True Meaning of Submission is a classic synopsis regarding a Christian’s duty to civil government. This trenchant treatise answers many of today’s burning questions, including, “What is meant by ‘Higher Powers?’” “Must Christians submit to unjust government?” “Does de facto authority equate to God’s authority?” And, “May government ever be lawfully resisted?” In this scholarly volume, Pastor Chuck Baldwin and Attorney Tim Baldwin draw from years of research to delve deeply into the true Biblical and historical answers to these and other pressing issues. Never has a book been so necessary!

America has entered troubling times. The rule of law is crumbling. The massive expansion of Federal government power with its destructive laws and policies is of grave concern to many. But what can be done to quell the abuse of power by civil authority? Are unjust or immoral actions by the government simply to be accepted and their lawless commands obeyed? How do we know when the government has acted tyrannically? Which actions constitute proper and legitimate resistance? This book places in your hands a hopeful blueprint for freedom. Appealing to history and the Word of God, Pastor Matthew Trewhella answers these questions and shows how Americans can successfully resist the Federal government’s attempts to trample our Constitution, assault our liberty, and impugn the law of God. The doctrine of the lesser magistrates declares that when the superior or higher civil authority makes an unjust/immoral law or decree, the lesser or lower ranking civil authority has both the right and duty to refuse obedience to that superior authority. If necessary, the lower authority may even actively resist the superior authority. Historically, this doctrine was practiced before the time of Christ and Christianity. It was Christian men, however, who formalized and embedded it into their political institutions throughout Western Civilization. The doctrine of the lesser magistrates is a historic tool that provides proven guidelines for proper and legitimate resistance to tyranny, often without causing any major upheaval in society. The doctrine teaches us how to successfully rein in lawless acts by government and restore justice in our nation. “Use this sword against my enemies, if I give righteous commands; but if I give unrighteous commands, use it against me.” -Roman Emperor Trajan, speaking to one of his subordinates. This is the first book published solely addressing the doctrine of the lesser magistrates in over 400 years. The book lays a strong foundation, covering all aspects and components of the doctrine. Matthew Trewhella is the pastor of Mercy Seat Christian Church. He is a graduate of Valley Forge Christian College. He and his wife, Clara, have eleven children and nine grandchildren, and reside in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area. His research and teaching on the lesser magistrate doctrine is reshaping the thinking of Americans. He was instrumental in publishing the Magdeburg Confession in 2012 - the first English translation of the document since it was written in 1550.