Article XVII: Of Civil Government

Romans 13:1-7

When we moved to Springfield to attend Baptist Bible College we rented a small house in an older neighborhood. Our landlady told us about the lady who lived next door. She told us that she was a nice lady, but two things she wouldn't talk about were religion and politics. That is a standard reply from many people.

Tonight, I am going to talk about both subjects, because they are really inseparable. The first ammendment to the Constitution was never intended to create a wall of separation between church and state. Clearly the intention was to 1) prohibit the establishment of a national religion and 2) guarantee the free exercise of religious belief void of any interference from the federal government. There are radicals on both sides of this issue who advocate that one has nothing to do with the other. This simply is not biblical!

I. Civil Government is Ordained by God.

II. Civil Disobedience is Necessary at Times.

III. Jesus Christ Will Establish the Perfect Government.

Conclusion: God in His infinite wisdom established the civil government to fulfill His purpose. We are obligated to obey this God-ordained authority in our lives. We are to be good citizens and maintain good testimonies while here on earth. However, God did not relenquish His sovereignty over the lives of men by the establishment of government. There may come a time when we must disobey that we might be obedient unto our Lord. If this time comes, we must be sure of the Lord's will in the matter. Thank the Lord, one day Jesus Christ will return and we will have perfect government for ever and ever. Tonight, are we the witness in this world that we ought to be? Are we ready for the return of Christ?