Submission to Civil Government

Ordained by God

All governing authorities have been appointed by God. Therefore, to rebel against any of these authorities is to rebel against God. Romans 13:1-7

Governing Authorities have Limited Authority

The believer is bound to obey the governing authorities as long as he is not required to do something that the Word of God prohibits, or is prohibited from doing something that the Word of God commands. Romans 13:1-7, Acts 4:1-22

Participation in Civil Government

Since civil government is ordained by God, it is proper for the believer to participate in it in any capacity. In his participation he must not violate his conscience as it is held captive to the Word of God. Romans 13:1-7, Luke 3:1-14, Acts 10:1-8

Giving Civil Authorities Their Due

Believers are commanded in Scripture to pray for those in authority, to treat them with respect, to pay taxes, and to obey their commands. Whether or not those in authority are believers is irrelevant. 1 Timothy 2:1-7, Romans 13:1-7