Romans 13 - All Authority is From God, Should We Always Submit to Governing Authorities?
Civil Disobedience, Covid 19...

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Welcome to Romans 13 Revival...

The Bible says that God puts leaders in place and that all authority is from God, but have you ever wondered to yourself "Should we always submit to governing authorities, or are there some exceptions, such as abuse of power?" If so, you're not alone and you are in the right place.

Romans chapter 13 has some of the most clear and yet hotly-debated 'God and government' verses in the whole Bible and they have been used to steer and persuade churches throughout history by secular authorities. Paul's letter, written from Corinth in around 56 AD to the church at Rome (and to us), is one of mammoth theological exhortation. We have a duty therefore to ask what Romans 13 really means and how does it apply today? ...Especially in the advent of Covid 19 and its implications for and on the Church.

Romans 13 Misunderstood

It is my strong conviction that this Bible chapter has been greatly misunderstood by many and misused by governments and Christian leaders alike (Nazi Germany, anyone?). We need to consider what it actually means and how it applies to us in a practical sense, in our modern, ever-changing, tumultuous world, especially post-Covid. After all, we have one life and we want to live it well for Jesus, so we can hear those words "Well done, good and faithful servant" when our Lord returns. Amen?

Why Romans 13 Revival?

I wrote my book 'Romans 13 and Covid 19' and set up this website to 'revive' the true meaning of the 13th Chapter of Romans - in context and properly understood, to bring honour and obedience to our Lord. I write with intention to equip the Body of Christ at this time, thereby increasing our chances of revival in our churches. I, like you I'm sure, long to see many souls saved before the world as we know it ends and Christ's reign takes its glorious full effect!

I am not a pastor nor church leader but I am a keen Bible and theology student and the Lord has gifted me with discernment and insight in these times, as well as a strong interest in Church-State relations and deep study of Romans 13 over several years now. My testimony involves coming out of a complex background of spiritual and medical deception and I have drawn on that experience and insight on assessing the Covid situation and Church response. I've interviewed many Christian leaders and Pastors from around the world to contribute their views and add differing and in-the-field perspectives and example 'case studies', which you may find useful - especially since much of the Church has been quite silent and complicit on all things Covid and beyond.

Romans 13 Explained - Articles, Resources and Book

I've created to be a comprehensive resource for you on living fully, freely and wisely in Christ in this hour. Here are some of the topics you'll find articles, insights and discussion on:

What is Romans 13 About?

In my view, there are three sections within this chapter of Paul's letter to the Romans.
1-7 are the verses about submitting to authority and the scope and limits of civil government. Verses 8-10 talk about Christian love and Romans 11:-14 exhorts on the imminency of Christ's return and the need to walk holy and in the Spirit, not after the flesh.

All Authority is from God

We know that our triune God is sovereign over all things, including the authorities set in place over us. Does this mean that, as Christians, we should we always submit to authority out of reverence to our Lord? What are the four different types of authority instituted by God? What about God's authority over rulers? What about abuse of power and when rulers would cause us to sin? What other Bible verses can we look to on this issue?

Civil Disobedience

What does civil disobedience mean? Do we have a right to disobey leaders in certain circumstances? Is it legitimate opposition? Why is civil disobedience important? What are some examples from history, the Bible and today? What about those pastors being arrested for civil disobedience? We'll explore.

Romans 13:1-7

An in-depth theological examination of Romans 13: 1 and 2, as the key verses on subjection to governing authorities, with some interesting insights and distinctions on 'resisting' and 'rebelling'. We also dive into the full 'submit to authority' Romans 13: 1 though 7 text, verse-by-verse. Whilst many preachers fear to tread on this controversial topic, we'll look at homiletics (fancy word for preparation and delivery of a sermon) on Romans Chapter 13 and in relation to our current 'Covid crisis' and heading into the 'Great Reset'. You'll find some sermons on this chapter from a handful of wonderful preachers speaking helpfully and courageously to these times .

Romans 13:8-10

A verse-by-verse look at this second section of the chapter, on the need for us to love our neighbour as a fulfilment of the law.

Romans 13:11-14

A verse-by-verse look at this third section of the chapter, on waking up out of slumber, casting off the works of darkness, and putting on the armour of light. This is desperately relevant to the time we find ourselves living in and the circumstances we have to navigate!

Romans 15 Verse 13

A wonderful, encouraging very popular verse that ties in well with Romans 13. You'll also find some printable images of Romans 15:13 and other verses from Romans.

My acclaimed best-selling book, 'Romans 13 and Covid 19: Knowledge, Warnings and Encouragement for the Church and World' explores all of these things in depth. Do get yourself a copy for a truly thorough, well-researched and fact-checked appraisal of all things Covid and its wider context and a clear, Biblical roadmap for living faithfully and free in your walk with the Lord Jesus Christ at this time. 

Romans 13 and Covid 19

What about Romans 13 and mask mandates, lockdowns, PCR tests, experimental injections, church closures and 'online church'? Are these things good, acceptable and permissible or evil, unholy and abominable? What should be our stance? Should we obey these things and are there any scenarios when we are required to say, along with Peter in Acts 5:29, "We ought to obey God rather than men"?

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Romans 13 - KJV Full Text

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.

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.

Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.

For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.

Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.

Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.

12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.

14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.