Obedience to Authority
Let 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.
This is a commandment of God, so even though we don't agree with the policy
of that authority, we must be obedient out of love for our Lord, setting
our affection on things above and not on things on the earth.
In the following passage we see the reason why:
By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them
by the breath of his mouth. He gathereth the waters of the sea together
as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses. Let all the earth fear
the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. For
he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast. The
LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices
of the people of none effect. The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever,
the thoughts of his heart to all generations. Blessed is the nation
whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath
chosen for his own inheritance. The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth
all the sons of men. From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all
the inhabitants of the earth. He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth
all their works. There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a
mighty man is not delivered by much strength.
There are certain laws in every country that are plainly there for the
benefit of a few selected people of power. For example, here in South Africa
it's illegal to deal in diamonds, nor are we allowed to own gold bars,
minerals that come out of our own ground. This is clearly done so that
money can be manipulated to their advantage.
Ex President Mandela, when confronted by the fact of unprecedented crime
levels and the outcry associated therewith, in reply to the plea in parliament
for the reinstatement of the death penalty, stated publicly something like
"I promised those who helped me into power that there would be no death
By his actions and statements, Mr Mandela has proved to be a righteous
man in his personal life, but was forced into agreeing with certain secret
requirements of the world authorities so that their (and Satan's) "global
village" plan could be put into action here in South Africa.
However, these are temporal laws and the perpetrators and upholders of
them shall stand before the Lord God Himself.
There are also certain laws in the making that shall turn the world upside
down, ones whose evil is hidden by an apparently good reason and the governments
who promulgate such laws protect themselves from prosecution.
One law that is almost universally adopted in the "free" economies of the
world, is that while you are innocent until proven guilty when accused
of a crime, in the case of suspected tax evasion you are guilty until you
yourself prove your innocence. You bear all the costs and have all the
trouble. The IRS only has to accuse you and then sit back. This is the
specific case of a man in the United States of America whose business was
destroyed because the IRS suspected him of tax evasion. They seized his
computers, the source of his income, and a year or so later returned the
"evidence" with a "sorry". That his business was in ruins and his private
life in tatters was no concern of theirs.
Here in South Africa there is a law and a specific police unit to enforce
it, that allows confiscation of one's assets (money again) if one is even
suspected of being a criminal. Now we know that lawyers cost money and
this pernicious law means that the suspect has no recourse to his defence.
We are shown in the Bible that the god of this world is Satan:
But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the
god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest
the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should
shine unto them.
(2 Corinthians 4:3-4)
that he is doing God's will:
And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed
and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief:
when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his
seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall
prosper in his hand.
Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and
that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the
waster to destroy.
and that he will turn the world and its laws upside down:
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for
light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for
Now the brother shall betray the brother to death,
and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their
parents, and shall cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated
of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the
end, the same shall be saved.
But we are still to obey the laws of the land.
Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ said:
Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, Saying, The
scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: All therefore whatsoever
they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their
works: for they say, and do not.
Paul, near the end of his public ministry, said:
And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren,
I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day. And the
high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to smite him on the
mouth. Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whited
wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and commandest me to
be smitten contrary to the law? And they that stood by said, Revilest thou
God's high priest? Then said Paul, I wist not, brethren, that he was the
high priest: for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler
of thy people.
So, if the next logical step is to declare that all professing Christians
are criminals (it sounds crazy now doesn't it), perhaps because they will
not have Satan's mark placed on them, all their assets will be forfeit
to the state and there shall be no procurable expert legal advice.
Knowing that most Christians are pretty inoffensive, law abiding and meek
citizens, this sounds like a nightmare, doesn't it?
Yes, if we look at worldly values. Remember about the lilies of the field
in Matthew six?
However, now Satan and his minions, "the merchants of the earth", are coming
up against Almighty God and His servants:
Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath: for
the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like
a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner: but my
salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished.
Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart
is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid
of their revilings. For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and
the worm shall eat them like wool: but my righteousness shall be for ever,
and my salvation from generation to generation.
and when laws such as "It is illegal to read or to own a Bible" are passed,
we are to disregard them and when the Bible confiscators come knocking
on your door you are entitled to lie to them because now the authorities
have come against the law of God!
Here's the word of God:
And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour: And
they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in mortar, and in brick,
and in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they
made them serve, was with rigour. And the king of Egypt spake to
the Hebrew midwives, of which the name of the one was Shiphrah,
and the name of the other Puah: And he said, When ye do the office of a
midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them upon the stools; if it
be a son, then ye shall kill him: but if it be a daughter,
then she shall live. But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king
of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive. And the king
of Egypt called for the midwives, and said unto them, Why have ye done
this thing, and have saved the men children alive? And the midwives said
unto Pharaoh, Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women;
for they are lively, and are delivered ere the midwives come in
unto them. Therefore God dealt well with the midwives: and the people multiplied,
and waxed very mighty. And it came to pass, because the midwives feared
God, that he made them houses.
And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly,
saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went, and came into an
harlot's house, named Rahab, and lodged there. And it was told the king
of Jericho, saying, Behold, there came men in hither to night of the children
of Israel to search out the country. And the king of Jericho sent unto
Rahab, saying, Bring forth the men that are come to thee, which are entered
into thine house: for they be come to search out all the country. And the
woman took the two men, and hid them, and said thus, There came men unto
me, but I wist not whence they were: And it came to pass about
the time of shutting of the gate, when it was dark, that the men went
out: whither the men went I wot not: pursue after them quickly; for ye
shall overtake them. But she had brought them up to the roof of the house,
and hid them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid in order upon
Then came one and told them, saying, Behold, the men whom ye put in prison
are standing in the temple, and teaching the people. Then went the captain
with the officers, and brought them without violence: for they feared the
people, lest they should have been stoned. And when they had brought them,
they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them,
Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this
name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend
to bring this man's blood upon us. Then Peter and the other apostles
answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
President Mbeki has just signed the Equality Bill into law.
This is similar to the one in the "Land of the Free" where the name of
our Lord Jesus Christ may not be mentioned in the classroom in case someone
To give it its proper name "The Promotion of Equality and Prevention of
Unfair Discrimination" Bill has the Christian community up in arms because
it will allow homosexuals and other perverse and dangerous persons to sue
churches for not allowing them to become members, or refusing them to become
principals of "Christian Schools" etc.
Further, the person or organisation so accused has to prove their innocence.
As this is against God's will, what will the church organisations do? Obey
God or man?
You see, we are entering the era where the true church shall once again
be forced underground, where web sites such as this one shall disappear,
or mysteriously have their content altered.
While on the subject and as a matter of interest: Many, many attempts have
been made to register this web site on the major search engines. For a
short while there is success, but because the Truth is taught, one of Satan's
minions probably objects that the site is offensive and the listing is
removed. Try and find this site on Yahoo!, etc.
Nevertheless, you are reading these words because you have been led here
by the Holy Spirit and when the site disappears from off the "Airwaves",
you at least, have been uplifted by the Spirit of the Lord.
So, going full circle, be subject to the higher powers, render to all their
dues, until the law or will of God is disobeyed.
And I say unto you my friends, Be not
afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they
can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after
he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear
And seek not ye what ye shall eat,
or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. For all these things
do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye
have need of these things. But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all
these things shall be added unto you. Fear not, little flock; for it is
your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.