Romans 13v1-8 - Christians and the state

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What is the Christian attitude to the state? What is the state, anyway? Why should Christians obey governments? What about paying taxes? Paul answers all these questions and more in this important passage.

Passages:Romans 13:1-8
Date:July 1, 2012
Series & Preacher:None, David Anderson (Brotherhood Baptist Church, Eldoret, Believers' Fellowship)
Tags:christian living, christianity and the state, government, romans
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Romans 13:1-8

1Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 2Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 3For 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: 4For 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. 5Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. 6For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. 7Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour. 8Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. (KJV)

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