What Does Romans 13 Mean? Does Romans 13 say we are to follow and obey government in blind obedience? I think you will discover otherwise.
OK, how can we discover the true meaning of Romans 13?
2. Watch this video explain the true meaning of Romans 13:
3. What does the Greek word Exousia mean?
- Plato (Greek philosopher) “Greek words for freedom are eleutheros and exousia…”
- Aristotle (the teacher) “The right (exousia) to do anything one wishes.”
- Exousia (the word translated power above) means privilege, delegated, freedom, authority power.
The right to choose not to be subjected to someone.
4. So let’s look at Romans 13 and see what it says
1 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.
2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
3 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:
4 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.
Statement of individual liberty not a command to submit to worldly authorities.
Does the word exousia mean the power of government, or the power of choice? Re-read Romans 13 with the meaning of liberty where power is stated. If God gave us the right to choose, why would we want to give that right to other men?
“Let every soul be subject unto the higher liberty. For there is no liberty but of God: the liberties that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth (opposes) the liberty, resisteth (opposes) the ordinance of God: and they that resist (sets one’s self against) 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 liberty? Do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same.” Romans 13: 1-3
If that text means to submit to all authority, then we would have had to submit to Hitler (a self proclaimed Christian supported by the worlds largest church), and other ungodly authorities.
Remember when Peter and the other aposltes were arrested, and told not to preach anymore? What did they do? If they were to obey government over God they would have had to stop. But did they? NO.
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. Acts 5:27-29
The government is using the clergy (pastors and priests) to help control and corral people by misusing the Bible reading Romans 13 out of context. Watch the news report by Jeff Ferrell, a KSLA TV reporter. Watch the video below or read the transcript.
5. Last but certainly not least, let’s look at what Spirit of Prophecy has to say:
Heretofore David’s record as a ruler had been such as few monarchs have ever equaled. It is written of him that he “executed judgment and justice unto all his people.” 2 Samuel 8:15. His integrity had won the confidence and fealty of the nation. But as he departed from God and yielded himself to the wicked one, he became for the time the agent of Satan; yet he still held the position and authority that God had given him, and because of this, claimed obedience that would imperil the soul of him who should yield it. And Joab, whose allegiance had been given to the king rather than to God, transgressed God’s law because the king commanded it. PP 719.2
Let us not make that mistake.
David’s power had been given him by God, but to be exercised only in harmony with the divine law. When he commanded that which was contrary to God’s law, it became sin to obey. “The powers that be are ordained of God” (Romans 13:1), but we are not to obey them contrary to God’s law. The apostle Paul, writing to the Corinthians, sets forth the principle by which we should be governed. He says, “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:1. PP 719.3
Who, then, is to be regarded as the Ruler of the nations?—The Lord God Omnipotent. All kings, all rulers, all nations, are his, under his rule and government. MS 119, 1903
There are many, even of those engaged in this movement for Sunday enforcement, who are blinded to the results which will follow this action. They do not see that they are striking directly against religious liberty. There are many who have never understood the claims of the Bible Sabbath and the false foundation upon which the Sunday institution rests. Any movement in favor of religious legislation is really an act of concession to the… 5T 712
Also read To Brethren in Responsible Positions November, 1890 SpTA01b 9-21