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What Does the Word of God Say About Government?

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November 4, 2020 7:00 am

What Does the Word of God Say About Government?

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November 4, 2020 7:00 am

At this crucial time in our nation, we need to confess our sins, turn from our wicked ways, and understand what the Word of God says about government. In this message, Adrian Rogers reveals our responsibility as Christian citizens in these dividing times in our nation.

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From the liver fighting Studios in Memphis Tennessee on Byron Tyler here with Carrie Vaughn, the CEO of liver fighting carry today. Adrian Rogers has a message.

What does the word of God say about government based off of Proverbs 1434. What an excellent reference.

You know Byron you and I talked about this many many times, regardless of party affiliation. If the body of Christ would step up, we don't have a problem when it comes to election day and so we go to the polls. It's a moral vote which were voting pro-God pro-life, pro-traditional marriage right pro-Bible made those of the things were after. And those are the things that we will not compromise on. If the evangelicals will stand firm in that regard. Then we never lose what the Bible teaches us that God has ordained human government.

Daniel 221 says, and he changes the times and the seasons he removed with Kings and set up okay absolutely Dr. Rogers used to say that God can move his soldiers on the field. However, he pleases, and you believe that so a lot of the word of God also states that government serves to basic purposes to restrain evil and to encourage good and S will we really want to see an argument that so we have a healthy society hideous.

It is nothing. That's how we play a vital role as well.

We love so much hearing from our liver finding listeners. Here's one from Indiana that says this ministry means so much to me because of these messages and resources. I'm learning how to be a faithful servant of God.

In this day and age. Thanks once again for all you do a wonderful testimony. You know, we need that reminder we need that push, we need that pride and I love to hear testimonies like that.

We often say Byron God bless America that's true, but what if America bless God yet we live in righteousness God will bless obedience yes well of an Asian Rogers is the only authority the government has is that which is granted ultimately by Almighty God.

We don't to obey God rather than man we seek approval from everybody else except the Almighty will for today's message. What does the word of God say about government. Here's Adrian Rogers it all when it comes to the political saying in government that some people who have dropped out altogether. They have the idea that if you get involved in government but somehow that is the social gospel, and so people just dropped out and they just hunker down and try to hold onto Jesus gets here, and they see the political scene as being dirty and whirling and some have been intimidated by the great debate between church and state. We can't drop out its impossible to think that God would have ordained government and told his people to stay out who else is to run things. So there.

Those on the one hand of drop out there.

Others who with misguided zeal have turned the churches into precincts and I tried to bring in the kingdom of God by political machinations that cannot be done either we can use our government to wage holy war against the heathen. As such, we have to defend ourselves, but that when we get the answers when I can get the answers today from the politician who may have his personal ax to grind and I could get answers from the ungodly and the humanist don't believe the word of God. When I go to get the answers from finger bumping philosophers who don't know the word of God.

The only place we're going to get the answers I believe is from the word of God. Now what is the word of God have to say about government. The word of God teaches us that God has ordained human government. God is ordained. If you read Romans chapter 13, you will read that the powers that be, or ordained God and that God sets up human government. What you save.

God sets up human government, what about wicked governments. Did God set them up.

It may surprise you to learn yesterday that does not mean that God's will in the greater sense God it might throw that righteousness, but people get the kind of government by large that they deserve. Let me give you a few scriptures here.

You might want jot these down first of all, Daniel chapter 2 verse 21. Here's what the prophet Daniel said, speaking of God, and he changes the times and the seasons he removed with Kings and set it up.

Kings God is the one who removes kings God is the one who sets up kings.

Let me tell you, for example, there was a king named Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel was speaking to Nebuchadnezzar, and Daniel said in Daniel two verses 37 and 38 Val O King are a king of kings. That is a rollover world Empire for the God of heaven has given the kingdom, power, strength, and will the God of heaven gave Nebuchadnezzar is king. What about Pharaoh who put all the little babies today. I wicked Pharaoh did God have anything to do with his rulership. Romans chapter 9 verse 17 for the scripture saith on the Pharaoh. Even for this same purpose have I raised the that I might show my power in the and that my name might be declared throughout all their God raised Pharaoh up to bring Pharaoh down and the hidden hand of God is in history and God is behind human government, whether human government is good or bad what you understand or not. When Jesus Christ good before Pilate. Pilate stuck out his chest and said to Jesus, don't you understand that I have the power to release you were to crucify you.

Pilate was amazed with stuffed with pride and with overweening authority and here's what Jesus said to him in John chapter 19 verse 11 Val Curtis have no power at all against me, except it were given the from above unit having a power to do this except God allowed never that maybe strange to you but don't you think that God is out of control. Yes, some of these men were evil and wise man said that we deserve the kind of leadership in government that we get.

However, human government is ordained of God and human government is given to us for two basic reasons. Romans chapter 13 verses three and four tell us that human government is given to us to restrain evil. Human government is there, as the instrument of God. We often hear people say you can't legislate morality. Well that is true. You can't legislate morality. There is no law that can make tomorrow. There's no law that can make you love me. We cannot legislate morality. That's why we have to have laws to legislate against immorality. I guess support very.

There is no law that can make you love me so we must have law to keep you from killing me. See, that's the purpose of government.

Government is here not to make us good. Only God can make this good government is here to restrain evil. That's why we have police force who would want to live in the city of Memphis or any major city for that matter without a police goals sometimes in restraining evil, the government must take life does the government have a right to take life. Read Romans 13 the Bible says that the magistrate the PowerPoint of God is to bear the soul and he is a revenger to execute wrath upon him that do the sometimes these people who parade against capital punishment and war hold up banners and on that banner. They quote a part of the Bible Exodus chapter 20 verse 13 that says thou shall not kill. These people are pathetic in their ignorance because they think that that verse negates capital punishment. It does not. They think that verse negates self-defense are just war it does not. That verse teaches that you and I do not have a right to take personal vengeance and what it literally says rightly interpreted is, thou shall not murder. It is against murder not anybody who could read the Bible can pick up the Bible and annexed as chapter 20 and verse 13 and read doubts about kill all they have to do is go fast forward to two chapters.

Exodus 22 verses two and three and it says if a fee be found breaking up and be smitten that he die additional blood be shed for him. If somebody is breaking into your house and you don't know what is up to in self-defense.

He shot your blood is not shipping him all murder is killing but all killing is not murder. Romans 13 verse four speaks of the magistrate is bearing the sword. The Bible clearly teaches capital punishment Genesis 9 verse six whoso Shattuck man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed, for in the image of God made the man now these people quote Exodus 20 verse 13 thou shall not kill.

Why don't they go one chapter. Further, Exodus 21 verse 12. He this might if a man so that he die, shall surely be put to death, and that amazing the people only pick and choose a few verses, but don't look into the whole Bible.

Some people say will capital punishment is proof, are you more wise and more loving than God himself coddling the criminal is cruelty to the community. Some people think that God is too good to punish evil.

The truth is just the opposite. God is too good not to punish evil sometimes we have to go to war were not supposed to love our enemies. Of course we love our enemies. You read in Romans chapter 12 the Bible says that we to do good to those who persecuted and set up our enemy does lessen such, we are to pour cold water of his head, as it were, that is, to pacify him as much as possible, live peaceably with all men. We are not to take vengeance. There's a difference in our personal vengeance and the government going to war our police force to protect innocent people.

I God gave the government. First of all to resist evil and God gave the government to encourage good, now the government I cannot make us good, but the government can encourage good for the Bible says if we do good in Romans chapter 13 verse three then concerning the government.

We are to have praise of the same.

So that's the reason the framers of our Constitution, a road in our Constitution we are to provide for the common defense best to resist evil and to promote the welfare of the general welfare not to provide the welfare but to promote to give us a place where we can go out and work and live and preach and teach. Now one of the responsibilities of government. In one of the responsibilities of church rightly understood.

We believe in the separation of church and state, rightly understood, we do not want a government church.

I do not want the government messing in religion. They don't know what they're doing. They have no business and the government needs to but out of religion that separation of church and state. However, as a phrase is not found in the Constitution of the United States Constitution simply says the First Amendment.

The Congress will make no law respecting the establishment of religion, nor prohibiting the free exercise thereof. That is when I go to set up a state church where the beer Baptist Church Episcopalian church or Catholic Church or anything else but our founding fathers did not believe for a moment in the separation of God in government. The whole thing is based on belief in God. As you know that the Declaration of Independence, the most precious document in our national archives says will lease truth to be self-evident, that all men are endowed by their Creator with certain on a global rights they should really quibble about that that it all comes from God. Joyce and I visited the Jefferson Memorial and I looked up at the Jefferson Memorial and saw the inscriptions concerning God written all way around Jefferson. Jefferson was not what you would call a Bible thumping evangelical Christian.

But he had enough sense to know that there is a God or not there and chiseled in stone is the God who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time and he said again another place. I have sworn by the altar of God to stand against all tyranny over the human mind is what it began with Jefferson. The visible author of the Constitution that we believe in God. I think about these people that tried remove the 10 Commandments stone from it down there in Montgomery, Alabama, on the justice Roy Moore because they say the 10 Commandments don't belong in that courthouse.

Ladies and gentlemen I said Joyce Lesko, Supreme Court building.

How does one go one more time. I looked up over that great freeze that fašade, there were those nine justices sit right overhead in the center is Moses holding the 10 Commandments in the Supreme Court building United States of America. Joyce and I went to the of the And they're looking at those magnificent pictures all the way around there there is a picture of those Mayflower pilgrims coming over there with an open Bible only need giving this land. The Almighty God. If you want to remove the references to God Almighty from Washington you have to take a jack hammer and a chisel and go to work and stay there for years to remove all of the references that are there. Almighty God, and yet we cannot post these 10 Commandments in the courthouse when very Supreme Court who would not hear the case has them hanging right over their heads as something mighty strange about that to me. I we believe we believe in the separation of church and state.

We do not want a state-mandated church, but we do not believe in the separation of God, and government. Our founding fathers did not and those of Goma Forest did not. That's the reason you can take money out of your pocket and read in God we trust.

That's the reason that Congress opens with prayer. That's the reason I was able to visit the chaplain of the Senate when I was in Washington. That's the reason that we still salute old glory one nation under God. Abraham Lincoln said, I believe it is the duty of nations as well as men all their dependence on the overruling power of God. That's what he said now people don't like the idea of God in government because you cramp your style they want to live in sin and the idea of God cramp their style well what we did.

First of all, we are to pray for our government.

First Timothy chapter 2 verses one through three I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men for Kings and for all that are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty for this is good and acceptable and right in the sight of God our Savior, we need to pray for leaders even if they are wrong. The Bible says in Proverbs 21 verse one the king's heart is in the hand of the Lord as rivers of water heater in the Web server he will sometimes God will change your router.

Sometimes God will remove the root. Sometimes God will override a router again wicked leaders are God's reward for wicked people. America gets a kind of leadership it deserves. Bible speaks of God's people in the Old Testament, and he says this to them he gave them the desire of their hearts, but sent leanness to their souls. They said we won't lesson such God says that that's what you want. I'm going to give it to you but you will not have my blessing, not only do we need to pray for government bring. We need to pay taxes. Sorry about that.

The Bible teaches it with pay taxes very clearly and very plainly.

Jesus said we are to render our tribute to whom tribute is due the word tribute.

Basically, would be counterpart of income tax today and Jesus paid taxes and God teaches that is our responsibility to pay taxes and I'm okay what else we need to do. We need to be patriotic today. It's getting a little old-fashioned in some corners to be patriotic but I'm still a red-blooded flag-waving American Joyce and I were in the nation's capital. I looked at on monument. I looked at our documents. I looked at our history and I just felt warm in my heart. Now I know that the one world or say you can't put America first.

Of course you put America first and if you're German you put Germany first in a Chinese you put China first listen, I am a Rogers. I love your family, but I love my family more you think is wrong no Bible says if any provide not for his own specially those of his own house yet denied the faith is worse than an infidel. This is my country and I love it and riddle of America is nothing wrong with patriotism.

Bible says we are to honor the king give honor to whom honor is due and when our government does right, we are to let them know is nothing wrong with patriotism is nothing wrong with loving one's land is a what else we need to do.

We need to speak to the government when the government does wrong, I don't think because we are loyal Americans that somehow we've been disenfranchised that people want us to go under the rock in high we need to come out from under the rock Stanley rock and say the word of God and if we don't speak speak.

I studied the Bible and and I know some people don't like it when I may sometimes say something that sounds in their estimation political everything that we think about it some way is political murder is political capital punishment is political. Abortion is lyrical homosexuality is political adultery is political. What can you what debris is political. What can you talk about that does not somehow that tomorrow that it does not have political implications. Nathan worn King David Elijah preached they have Daniel preach to Nebuchadnezzar. Moses was God's prophet to Pharaoh. John the Baptist preached to Harry long as they're killing babies. Adrian is going to speak up in public school issuing common to teenage girls and boys, I'm going to speak when the freeborn American is told he cannot pray vocally. I will speak up. They say all what you have silent prayer you knew that the Russian concentration camp. No, we have freedom of speech like Jesus said with a render to Caesar that which is Caesar's and under God. That which is God's. Our Caesar is a government of the people by the people and for the people and if you don't participate in my estimation you're disobeying the Lord. Proverbs 29 verse two says when the righteous are in authority.

The people rejoice when the wicked bear through the people more the tragedy in America is the bad citizenship of good people and if you don't vote.

I will work grows on your nose. We cannot be silent.

We cannot sit around 10 can make the difference. I'm only one, but I am one. I can do everything that I can do something.

What I can do a lot to do that by the grace of God I will do, but I am believing God for national revival will sometimes we think that is just too late and we just hunkered down. That's what the devil wants us to do. It's always too soon to quit. God is sent revival in the darkest days before and not once read a scripture that says we cannot have revival in dark days, you think it's bad now friend in the 18th century was a great revival living. I'm starting on the listen is not too late for America and I want you to say my country right or wrong. I want you to get. I want to get one by one. Let's get right get right with God and saying saying saying and pray.

God bless and wanted timely message today at this crucial time in our nation we need to confess our sins, we need to turn from our wicked ways and understand what the word of God says about government. You have a prayer request. You want to share that love refining. It's one of our greatest honors to come alongside you, and pray with you before you go to our website homepage. If you can.

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