all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king. Servants, be subject
to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the
forward. 1 Peter 2:17, 18
The apostle plainly outlined the attitude
that believers should sustain toward the civil authorities: "Submit
yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the
king, as supreme; 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. For so is the will of
God, that with welldoing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: as
free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the
servants of God. Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the
It is our duty in every case to obey the
laws of our land, unless they conflict with the higher law which God spoke with
an audible voice from Sinai and afterward engraved on stone with His own
finger. . . . The ten precepts of Jehovah are the foundation of all righteous
and good laws. Those who love God's commandments will conform to every good law
of the land.
We are to recognize human government as
an ordinance of divine appointment and teach obedience to it as a sacred duty,
within its legitimate sphere. But when its claims conflict with the claims of
God, we must obey God rather than men. God's Word must be recognized as above
all human legislation. A "Thus saith the Lord" is not to be set aside
for a "Thus saith the church" or a "Thus saith the state."
The crown of Christ is to be lifted above the diadems of earthly potentates.
We are not required to defy authorities.
Our words, whether spoken or written, should be carefully considered.
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Teach the people to conform in all things
to the laws of their state when they can do so without conflicting with the law
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