ROMANS 13 HERESY REFUTED

By Eddie Boston | November 2019

       In many churches today, Romans 13 is being twisted and perverted to teach unquestioning submission to government, whether or not it is tyrannical. This is because the modern perversions have corrupted the scriptures. Behold.

Romans 13:1 (ESV), “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.”

Romans 13:1 (TLB), “Obey the government, for God is the one who has put it there. There is no government anywhere that God has not placed in power.”

Romans 13:1 (NASB), “Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.”

Romans 13:1 (1984 NIV), “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”

Think about it for a moment: when the Antichrist comes, he will control the world because he will be the head of the coming global government. The Antichrist (Biblically, the beast) will be given his power, seat, and authority by the dragon, who is Satan.

Revelation 13:2-8, “And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell therein. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of the life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”

The unsaved religious churchgoers will no doubt be deceived into worshipping and following the Antichrist. Why? Because their modern perversions tell them to submit to the government!

The second beast (false prophet) who comes after the Antichrist will require everyone to worship the beast and his image, and also to take a mark in the right hand or in the forehead, without which you cannot buy or sell. He will deceive the world with miracles which will cause them to fall for the deception.

Revelation 13:11-17, “And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”

Oh, how Satan is a subtle serpent! How cunning he is! What saith the King James Bible in Romans 13? Let us read the scripture, which tells us what rulers are actually responsible for.

Romans 13:1-4, “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.”

Notice that Romans 13:1 says, “Let EVERY soul be subject unto the higher powers.” This INCLUDES the governing authorities. “Every soul” means “every soul.” God, of course, is the highest power. The Bible is a higher power, as is the U.S. Constitution. Notice also that Romans 10:3 says rulers are not a terror to GOOD works, but to the EVIL. Obviously a corrupted government that is a terror to good works does NOT have to be obeyed.

You may say: “You are an anarchist!” No sir. I do not believe in no government, but in LIMITED government that ought to be in obedience to God by rewarding those who do good works, and punishing evildoers. It is NOT the government’s job to regulate every single aspect of our lives, but to punish evildoers. Let us look at some examples of people in the scriptures who did NOT submit to tyrannical government and were NOT punished by God.

In Daniel 3, King Nebuchadnezzar set up a golden image in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon. The king then invited all the officials to the dedication of the image. It is then commanded that, at the sound of music, the people must fall down and worship the image set up by King Nebuchadnezzar, or be thrown into the midst of a fiery furnace.

Daniel 3:1-6, “Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon. Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent to gather together the princes, the governors, and the captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, to come to the dedication of the image which Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up. Then the princes, the governors, and captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, were gathered together unto the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up; and they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up. Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages, That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up: And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.”

This ungodly command was a violation of God’s commandment: only God is to be worshipped and served, not an image.

Deuteronomy 10:20, “Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God; him shalt thou serve, and to him shalt thou cleave, and swear by his name.”

Matthew 4:10, “Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”

At the sound of music, the people fell down and worshipped the golden image set up by king Nebuchadnezzar, except for three men: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego. Certain Chaldeans brought them to the king because they refused to worship the image. Even at the risk of being thrown into the furnace, the three men still refused to obey the king’s command to worship the golden image at the sound of music. They made it clear that they would worship and serve God only.

Daniel 3:7-18, “Therefore at that time, when all the people heard the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and all kinds of musick, all the people, the nations, and the languages, fell down and worshipped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up. Wherefore at that time certain Chaldeans came near, and accused the Jews. They spake and said to the king Nebuchadnezzar, O king, live for ever. Thou, O king, hast made a decree, that every man that shall hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, shall fall down and worship the golden image: And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth, that he should be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. There are certain Jews whom thou hast set over the affairs of the province of Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego; these men, O king, have not regarded thee: they serve not thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. Then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and fury commanded to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego. Then they brought these men before the king. Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up? Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well; but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands? Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.”

Did you catch that? “We will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up”! Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego REFUSED to disobey God and serve and worship the image set up by king Nebuchadnezzar. As a result, they were thrown into the fiery furnace, but they were unharmed and protected by the Lord Jesus Christ, the fourth man in the fire. In the end, king Nebuchadnezzar acknowledged their loyalty to God and their deliverance.

Daniel 3:23-28, “And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God. Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, came forth of the midst of the fire. And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them. Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God.”

Keep in mind that these three men went AGAINST the government of Babylon when commanded to violate God’s law. They did NOT submit to the government and worship the golden image at the sound of music.

Daniel the prophet also defied the government in order to please God. In Daniel 6, we find that king Darius set one-hundred and twenty princes over his kingdom, and three presidents over the princes, of whom Daniel was first. Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes because he had an excellent spirit in him. This drove the presidents and princes to jealousy, and they sought to find fault in him. But they could not.

Daniel 6:1-4, “It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom; And over these three presidents; of whom Daniel was first: that the princes might give accounts unto them, and the king should have no damage. Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm. Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him.”

Because the conspirators could not find fault with Daniel, they decided to use his faith against him. They went to king Darius and proposed a law that no one could ask a petition of any God or man (except the king) for thirty days, lest they should be thrown into a den of lions. Unfortunately, king Darius signs the decree.

Daniel 6:5-9, “Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God. Then these presidents and princes assembled together to the king, and said thus unto him, King Darius, live for ever. All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions. Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not. Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree.”

In spite of this, Daniel continues to pray to God three times a day, as he did before. He is caught by the conspirators doing so, and they tell the king, who immediately regrets signing the decree. Despite Darius’s best efforts to deliver Daniel from punishment, the conspirators remind the king that the law cannot be changed. As a result, Daniel is thrown into the den of lions, and king Darius lost his sleep that night.

Daniel 6:10-18, “Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime. Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God. Then they came near, and spake before the king concerning the king’s decree; Hast thou not signed a decree, that every man that shall ask a petition of any God or man within thirty days, save of thee, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions? The king answered and said, The thing is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not. Then answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, which is of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but maketh his petition three times a day. Then the king, when he heard these words, was sore displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him: and he laboured till the going down of the sun to deliver him. Then these men assembled unto the king, and said unto the king, Know, O king, that the law of the Medes and Persians is, That no decree nor statute which the king establisheth may be changed. Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee. And a stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel. Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of musick brought before him: and his sleep went from him.”

To review: because Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes of Darius’s kingdom, they conspired against him. They ordered the king to make a law forbidding asking petitions of God and man (except the king) for thirty days. Any violators were to be thrown into the den of lions. Daniel refused to go against God, so he continued to pray three times a day. As a result, he was thrown into the den of lions. Daniel did NOT submit to the government just because the government made a law forbidding prayer to God for thirty days.

How different things might have been in America had Christians not submitted to the government when the Masonic Supreme Court removed prayer and Bible-reading from the public schools in the sixties.

There are several examples of refusal to submit to ungodly governments in the New Testament as well. We learn in Matthew 14 that John the Baptist confronted Herod the tetrarch about his adultery. Exposing government corruption is almost unheard of today concerning most professing Christians. When John the Baptist confronted Herod about his adultery, the tetrarch bound John and put him in prison. He was later beheaded at the request of the daughter of Herodias, who was instructed of her mother.

Matthew 14:1-12, “At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus, And said unto his servants, This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead; and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him. For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias’ sake, his brother Philip’s wife. For John said unto him, It is not lawful for thee to have her. And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet. But when Herod’s birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod. Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatsoever she would ask. And she, being before instructed of her mother, said, Give me here John Baptist’s head in a charger. And the king was sorry: nevertheless for the oath’s sake, and them which sat with him at meat, he commanded it to be given her. And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison. And his head was brought in a charger, and given to the damsel: and she brought it to her mother. And his disciples came, and took up the body, and buried it, and went and told Jesus.”

The Lord Jesus Christ Himself called out leaders of a different kind: the religious leaders, the scribes and the Pharisees. He called them out not only for stealing the property of widows, but also for pretentious religiosity, self-righteousness, and even hindering the lost from getting saved by ordering them to keep the law. Most professing Christians today do not have the boldness to call out false prophets like Joel Osteen, John MacArthur, James White, or Paul Washer.

Matthew 23:13-33, “But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves. Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor! Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold? And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty. Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift? Whoso therefore shall swear by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon. And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein. And he that shall swear by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by him that sitteth thereon. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?”

Finally, we are going to look at two examples from the book of Acts that refute the heresy of unquestioning submission to tyrannical government.

In Acts 5, Peter and the apostles were healing multitudes of people in the city of Jerusalem, leading many to believe on Jesus Christ as a result. This infuriated the high priest and the Sadducees, who put the apostles in prison.


Acts 5:12-18, “And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch. And of the rest durst no man join himself to them: but the people magnified them. And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.) Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them. There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one. Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which is the sect of the Sadducees,) and were filled with indignation, And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison.”
However, the angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and set the apostles free, commanding them to teach in the temple. The apostles are eventually brought to the high priest and the Jewish council, who demand an answer for breaking their law. Peter and the apostles simply answer that God is to obeyed rather than men.

Acts 5:19-29, “But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said, Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life. And when they heard that, they entered into the temple early in the morning, and taught. But the high priest came, and they that were with him, and called the council together, and all the senate of the children of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought. But when the officers came, and found them not in the prison, they returned, and told, Saying, The prison truly found we shut with all safety, and the keepers standing without before the doors: but when we had opened, we found no man within. Now when the high priest and the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these things, they doubted of them whereunto this would grow. 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.”

How many professing Christians would say the same thing today? Many would say, “We must follow the law of the land, even if it is wrong”, though they cannot prove this with any scripture. Friends, this is the attitude of laziness and lightness. Does God not command us in His word to reprove the unfruitful works of darkness and to stand against evildoers?

Psalm 94:16, “Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?”

Ephesians 5:11, “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”

In Acts 18, Paul was taken by the Jews in the city of Corinth to the judgment seat, where they accused him of breaking the law by preaching the word of God.

Acts 18:9-13, “Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace: For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city. And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them. And when Gallio was the deputy of Achaia, the Jews made insurrection with one accord against Paul, and brought him to the judgment seat, Saying, This fellow persuadeth men to worship God contrary to the law.”

Friends, these are just a few examples of people in the scriptures who did NOT submit to tyrannical government. If someone tries to use Romans 13 to teach total submission to the government regardless of corruption, you can fire back with the examples of Daniel, Paul, Jesus Christ, John the Baptist, the apostles, and the three Jews of Babylon. Woe unto corrupt governments, and woe unto the sorry preachers that defend them!

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