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July 8, 2019
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS AND WELCOME AGAIN
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  • TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • WELL, AS MUCH AS SECULARISTS MIGHT
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  • TRY TO DENY IT, AMERICA WAS FOUNDED
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  • AS A CHRISTIAN NATION.
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  • YET IN RECENT DECADES, LIBERAL POLITICIANS
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  • HAVE STARTED TO DISMANTLE OUR COUNTRY'S BIBLICAL
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  • FOUNDATION AND ESTABLISH LAWS THAT ARE HOSTILE
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  • TOWARD CHRISTIAN VALUES.
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  • SO WHEN GOVERNMENT MANDATES START TO GO
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  • AGAINST YOUR CHRISTIAN BELIEFS DOES THE BIBLE
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  • SANCTION YOU TO DISOBEY?
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  • TODAY, WE'RE GOING TO LOOK AT WHAT THE APOSTLE PAUL
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  • WROTE IN ROMANS CHAPTER 13 REGARDING WHETHER OR NOT
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  • CHRISTIANS SHOULD ALWAYS SUBMIT
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  • TO GOVERNMENTAL AUTHORITY.
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  • MY STUDY TODAY IS TITLED, TO OBEY OR NOT TO OBEY
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MUSIC
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  • NEXT TO JESUS CHRIST, THE APOSTLE PAUL IS THE SINGLE
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  • MOST IMPORTANT FIGURE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT.
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  • AND IN DR. JEFFRESS'S NEW DVD TEACHING SET,
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  • YOU'LL SEE HOW PAUL'S LIFE IS AN INSPIRING TESTIMONY
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  • OF WHAT A REDEEMED SINNER CAN DO THROUGH GOD'S
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  • AMAZING GRACE IN THE VERY PLACE WHERE PAUL CARRIED
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  • OUT HIS LIFE AND MINISTRY.
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  • REQUEST THE IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF PAUL
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  • DVD TEACHING SET WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT TO
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  • PATHWAY TO VICTORY!
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  • MUSIC
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  • H. L. MENCKEN WAS BOTH A CYNIC AND A CRITIC OF EVERYTHING
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  • FROM CHRISTIANITY TO THE CONSTITUTION.
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  • WHEN IT CAME TO THE GOVERNMENT,
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  • HE SAID, "THE ENGLISH LONG AGO DISCOVERED THAT ALL
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  • GOVERNMENT IS EVIL, AND THAT THE BEST WAY TO
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  • ENDURE IT IS TO TREAT IT AS A SUSPICIOUS CHARACTER,
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  • WATCHING IT AT EVERY STEP."
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  • YOU KNOW, GOVERNMENT INTRUDES OUR LIFE,
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  • IT SEEMS, INCREASINGLY EVERY DAY.
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  • AND THAT GOVERNMENTAL INTRUSION HAS CAUSED SOME
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  • PEOPLE TO ADOPT THE PHILOSOPHY OF HENRY DAVID THOREAU,
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  • WHO SAID, "I HEARTILY ACCEPT THE MOTTO
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  • THAT GOVERNMENT IS BEST WHICH GOVERNS LEAST;
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  • CARRIED OUT IT FINALLY AMOUNTS TO THIS WHICH I
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  • ALSO BELIEVE, THAT GOVERNMENT IS BEST WHICH
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  • GOVERNS NOT AT ALL."
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  • AS POPULAR AS THAT SENTIMENT MIGHT BE EVEN
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  • TODAY - IT'S NOT GOD'S PERSPECTIVE.
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  • IN TODAY'S PASSAGE, WE'RE GOING TO DISCOVER A
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  • COMPLETELY DIFFERENT ATTITUDE TOWARD GOVERNMENT
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  • THAT GOD SAYS EVERY TRUE CHRISTIAN SHOULD HAVE.
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  • IT'S AN ATTITUDE THAT IS GOING TO SURPRISE YOU.
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  • IF YOU HAVE YOUR BIBLES THIS MORNING,
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  • I WANT YOU TO TURN TO ROMANS CHAPTER 13.
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  • TODAY PAUL IS GOING TO TALK ABOUT HOW OUR
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  • CHRISTIANITY OUGHT TO IMPACT OUR
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  • RELATIONSHIP WITH GOVERNMENT.
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  • YOU KNOW HARDLY A DAY GOES BY THAT WE DON'T HAVE SOME
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  • INTERACTION WITH GOVERNMENT.
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  • WHETHER IT'S OBEYING TRAFFIC LAWS,
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  • OR COMPLYING WITH GOVERNMENTAL REGULATIONS,
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  • OR PAYING OUR INCOME TAXES - GOVERNMENT TOUCHES US IN
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  • MANY WAYS EVERY DAY.
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  • WHAT SHOULD OUR RESPONSE TO GOVERNMENT BE AND WHAT
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  • IS GOVERNMENT'S RESPONSIBILITY TOWARD US.
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  • FIRST OF ALL, LET'S LOOK AT WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS
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  • ABOUT GOVERNMENT.
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  • LOOK AT VERSES 1 AND 2 OF ROMANS 13,
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  • "LET EVERY PERSON BE IN SUBJECTION TO THE
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  • GOVERNING AUTHORITIES; FOR THERE IS NO AUTHORITY
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  • EXCEPT FROM GOD; AND THOSE WHICH EXIST ARE
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  • ESTABLISHED BY GOD.
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  • THEREFORE, HE WHO RESISTS AUTHORITY HAS OPPOSED THE
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  • ORDINANCE OF GOD.
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  • AND THEY WHO HAVE OPPOSED WILL RECEIVE CONDEMNATION
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  • UPON THEMSELVES."
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  • WHEN HE TALKS ABOUT AUTHORITY HERE,
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  • PAUL HAS IN MIND LEGITIMATE GOVERNMENT
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  • AUTHORITY THAT HAS BEEN VESTED WITH THE
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  • RESPONSIBILITY OF RULING OVER PEOPLE.
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  • IF GOD HAS SET GOVERNMENT IN PLACE,
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  • THEN DOESN'T IT STAND TO REASON WHOEVER DISOBEYS
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  • GOVERNMENT, RESISTS GOVERNMENT,
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  • IS ACTUALLY DISOBEYING GOD AND WILL RECEIVE
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  • CONDEMNATION UPON THEMSELVES?
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  • BUT NOTICE THE GENERAL PRINCIPLE HERE IS,
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  • FIRST OF ALL, GOVERNMENT IS APPOINTED BY GOD.
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  • PRINCIPLE NUMBER TWO IN VERSES 3 AND 4:
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  • GOVERNMENT'S PURPOSE IS TO ESTABLISH ORDER.
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  • THE REASON GOD PUT GOVERNING OFFICIALS IN
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  • PLACE IS TO KEEP ORDER IN THE WORLD BY PUNISHING
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  • EVILDOERS, AND PRAISING THOSE WHO DO WELL.
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  • LOOK AT VERSES 3 AND 4, "FOR RULERS ARE NOT A
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  • CAUSE OF FEAR FOR GOOD BEHAVIOR, BUT FOR EVIL.
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  • DO YOU WANT TO HAVE NO FEAR OF AUTHORITY?
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  • DO WHAT IS GOOD AND YOU WILL HAVE PRAISE FROM THE SAME.
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  • FOR IT," TALKING ABOUT GOVERNMENT "IS A MINISTER
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  • OF GOD TO YOU FOR GOOD."
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  • "GOVERNMENT IS A SERVANT TO US FOR GOOD,
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  • BUT IF YOU DO WHAT IS EVIL, BE AFRAID;
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  • FOR GOVERNMENT DOES NOT BEAR THE SWORD FOR NOTHING."
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  • THAT'S A CLEAR REFERENCE TO CAPITAL PUNISHMENT.
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  • GOVERNMENT HAS THE RIGHT TO TAKE A LIFE.
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  • IT DOESN'T WIELD THE SWORD FOR NOTHING - "IT IS A
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  • MINISTER OF GOD, AN AVENGER WHO BRINGS WRATH
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  • UPON THE ONE WHO PRACTICES EVIL."
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  • I WANT YOU TO NOTICE IN THESE TWO VERSES,
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  • VERSES 3 AND 4, THREE PRINCIPLES PAUL GIVES US
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  • ABOUT GOOD GOVERNMENT.
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  • GOVERNMENT THAT IS FULFILLING ITS
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  • GOD-ORDAINED PURPOSE.
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  • NUMBER ONE: GOOD GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT BE
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  • FEARED BY THOSE WHO DO GOOD.
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  • HE SAYS THAT CLEARLY IN VERSE 3.
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  • IF YOU DO THE RIGHT THING, YOU DON'T NEED TO BE
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  • AFRAID OF GOVERNMENT.
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  • THAT IS, MOST OF THE TIME.
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  • THAT'S A GENERAL PRINCIPLE.
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  • AS LONG AS YOU OBEY THE TRAFFIC LAWS,
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  • PAY YOUR TAXES, DON'T BLOW UP BUILDINGS
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  • YOU'RE GOING TO BE OK. NOW, YOU KNOW,
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  • HE'S NOT SAYING GOVERNMENT'S GOING TO GIVE
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  • YOU THE CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARD FOR PAYING
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  • YOUR INCOME TAX OR STOPPING AT A RED LIGHT.
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  • HE'S NOT SAYING THAT, BUT WHAT HE'S SAYING IS IF YOU
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  • DO THE RIGHT THING, GOVERNMENT WILL LEAVE YOU ALONE.
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  • YOU'LL BE IN A GOOD STANDING WITH GOVERNMENT.
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  • AND THAT REALLY OUGHT TO BE OUR GOAL,
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  • SHOULDN'T IT?
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  • TO JUST BE IN A RELATIONSHIP WITH
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  • GOVERNMENT WHERE THEY WILL LEAVE US ALONE?
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  • DO I HEAR AN AMEN ON THAT?
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  • I MEAN THAT'S WHAT PAUL SAID IN 1 TIMOTHY 2 VERSES 1-2.
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  • HE SAID, "FIRST OF ALL THEN,
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  • I URGE THAT IN TREATIES, AND PRAYERS,
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  • AND PETITIONS, AND THANKSGIVING BE MADE ON
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  • BEHALF OF ALL MEN FOR..." WHOM?
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  • "FOR KINGS AND ALL WHO ARE IN AUTHORITY IN ORDER THAT
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  • WE MAY LEAD A TRANQUIL AND QUIET LIFE
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  • IN ALL GODLINESS AND DIGNITY."
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  • HE'S SAYING: LET'S PRAY FOR THE GOVERNMENT.
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  • LET'S PRAY FOR THE PRESIDENT,
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  • FOR THE SENATORS, FOR THE SUPREME COURT.
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  • LET'S PRAY FOR THEM - WHY?
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  • MAINLY THAT THEY WOULD JUST LEAVE US ALONE SO WE
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  • CAN LIVE A GODLY LIFE AND BE FREE TO SHARE THE GOSPEL.
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  • THAT IS THE REASON TO HAVE A RIGHT RELATIONSHIP
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  • WITH GOVERNMENT. AND HE'S SAYING
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  • THAT IF WE WILL DO THE RIGHT THING,
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  • GOVERNMENT WILL LEAVE US ALONE AND LEAVE US FREE TO
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  • FULFILL OUR GOD-ORDAINED PURPOSE.
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  • PRINCIPLE NUMBER TWO: GOOD GOVERNMENT INSTILLS FEAR
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  • IN EVILDOERS AND SERVES AS AN INSTRUMENT OF GOD'S WRATH.
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  • LOOK AT VERSE 4 AGAIN, "GOVERNMENT DOES NOT BEAR
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  • THE SWORD FOR NOTHING, BUT IT IS A MINISTER OF GOD,
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  • AN AVENGER WHO BRINGS WRATH ON THE ONE WHO
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  • PRACTICES EVIL." THAT WORD "AVENGER"
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  • IN GREEK IS EKDIKOS. EKDIKOS.
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  • IT LITERALLY MEANS "AN AGENT OF PUNISHMENT."
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  • THAT'S WHAT GOVERNMENT IS - AN AGENT OF PUNISHMENT.
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  • NOW STAY WITH ME ON THIS.
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  • THE PURPOSE OF GOVERNMENT IS NOT ONLY TO PREVENT
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  • EVIL, BUT IT'S ALSO TO BRING WRATH UPON THOSE WHO
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  • DO ENGAGE IN EVIL.
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  • THAT'S THE ROLE OF GOOD GOVERNMENT.
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  • NUMBER THREE: GOOD GOVERNMENT SERVES AND
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  • SEEKS THE GOOD OF THE PEOPLE.
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  • LOOK AT VERSE 4. PAUL SAID, "THEY ARE A
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  • MINISTER OF GOD TO YOU FOR GOOD."
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  • WHEN GOVERNMENT FULFILLS ITS DIVINELY ORDAINED
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  • PURPOSE, IT'S GOING TO SERVE THE PEOPLE.
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  • BUT WHEN GOVERNMENT EVER STRAYS BEYOND ITS
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  • BOUNDARIES INTO AREAS IT HAS NO BUSINESS GETTING
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  • IN, IT IS SERVING ITSELF.
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  • THESE ARE THE PRINCIPLES OF GOOD GOVERNMENT.
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  • NUMBER THREE: CITIZENS SHOULD SUBMIT TO
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  • GOVERNMENT, PAUL SAYS.
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  • CITIZENS SHOULD SUBMIT TO GOVERNMENT.
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  • NOW LOOK AT VERSE 5, "WHEREFORE IT IS NECESSARY
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  • TO BE IN SUBJECTION NOT ONLY BECAUSE OF WRATH,
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  • BUT ALSO FOR CONSCIENCE SAKE."
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  • NOW THINK ABOUT THIS, IF GOVERNMENT IS ORDAINED BY
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  • GOD, IF IT HAS A DIVINE PURPOSE IN SOCIETY,
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  • THEN IT ONLY STANDS TO REASON THAT AS CHRISTIANS
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  • WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO SUBMIT
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  • TO THE GOVERNING AUTHORITIES. HOW DO WE DO THAT?
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  • HOW DO WE ACT IN SUBJECTION?
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  • HE SAYS WE DO IT NOT ONLY BECAUSE WE'RE AFRAID OF
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  • THE WRATH OF GOVERNMENT, BUT FOR OUR OWN CONSCIENCE SAKE.
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  • NOTICE THE TWO WAYS WE SUBMIT TO GOVERNMENT.
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  • FIRST OF ALL, WE SUBMIT BY TREATING GOVERNING
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  • OFFICIALS WITH FEAR AND HONOR.
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  • THOSE ARE THE WORDS HE USES IN VERSE 7,
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  • "GIVE FEAR TO WHOM FEAR IS DUE,
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  • HONOR TO WHOM HONOR IS DUE."
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  • WHAT HE'S TALKING ABOUT HERE IS A RESPECT FOR THE
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  • AUTHORITY THAT GOD HAS SET IN PLACE.
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  • YOU KNOW THESE DAYS POLICEMEN EVERYWHERE ARE
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  • IN THE CROSSHAIRS OF CRITICISM.
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  • YOU DON'T HEAR STORIES ABOUT POLICE WHO ACT
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  • RIGHTLY EVERY TIME BECAUSE THAT'S THE NORM.
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  • THE EXCEPTION IS WHEN POLICE ABUSE THEIR AUTHORITY.
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  • AND LISTEN TO WHAT THE WORD OF GOD SAYS: WHEN YOU
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  • RESIST A POLICE, YOU ARE RESISTING AUTHORITY;
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  • AND IF YOU DO WHAT IS RIGHT,
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  • YOU HAVE NO FEAR OF AUTHORITY.
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  • WE SUBMIT BY TREATING WITH FEAR AND HONOR THOSE WHOM
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  • GOD HAS PLACED OVER US.
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  • SECONDLY, WE SUBMIT BY PAYING OUR TAXES.
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  • DO I HEAR AN AMEN ON THAT ONE?
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  • PROBABLY NOT, BUT THAT'S WHAT PAUL SAYS.
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  • HE SAID IF GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO FULFIL ITS DUTY,
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  • IT'S GOING TO HAVE TO BE FUNDED.
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  • LOOK AT VERSE 7, "RENDER TO ALL WHAT IS DUE THEM.
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  • TAX TO WHOM TAX IS DUE.
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  • CUSTOM TO WHOM CUSTOM; FEAR TO WHOM FEAR;
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  • HONOR TO WHOM HONOR."
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  • THIS IS WHAT JESUS SAID IN LUKE 20:25,
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  • "RENDER TO CAESAR THE THINGS THAT ARE CAESAR'S."
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  • AND PAUL GOES ON TO SAY IN VERSE 8,
  • 00:11:03.080 --> 00:11:05.020
  • "OWE NOTHING TO ANYONE EXCEPT TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER."
  • 00:11:05.030 --> 00:11:09.260
  • SOME PEOPLE HAVE PULLED THAT VERSE OUT OF CONTEXT.
  • 00:11:09.270 --> 00:11:11.270
  • OH, YOU KNOW, WE'RE NEVER TO GO INTO DEBT FOR ANY
  • 00:11:11.280 --> 00:11:15.010
  • REASON AT ALL. OWE NO MAN ANYTHING.
  • 00:11:15.020 --> 00:11:17.240
  • REMEMBER THE CONTEXT OF THIS IS PAYING YOUR TAXES.
  • 00:11:17.250 --> 00:11:20.220
  • WHAT HE'S REALLY SAYING IS: DON'T BE DELINQUENT IN
  • 00:11:20.230 --> 00:11:23.240
  • PAYING YOUR TAXES.
  • 00:11:23.250 --> 00:11:26.010
  • NOW, ALL OF THESE PRINCIPLES ABOUT THE
  • 00:11:26.020 --> 00:11:28.260
  • GOD-ORDAINED ROLE OF GOVERNMENT BRINGS UP THE
  • 00:11:28.270 --> 00:11:31.030
  • INTERESTING QUESTION: WELL,
  • 00:11:31.040 --> 00:11:32.180
  • IS THERE EVER A TIME THAT CHRISTIANS NEED TO SAY
  • 00:11:32.190 --> 00:11:36.130
  • "NO" TO GOVERNMENT?
  • 00:11:36.140 --> 00:11:38.100
  • NOW IF YOU READ ROMANS 13:1-8,
  • 00:11:38.110 --> 00:11:40.140
  • THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS.
  • 00:11:40.150 --> 00:11:42.220
  • BUT ROMANS 13:1-8 ARE NOT THE ONLY PASSAGES THAT
  • 00:11:42.230 --> 00:11:46.070
  • SPEAK ABOUT OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO GOVERNMENT.
  • 00:11:46.080 --> 00:11:49.060
  • AND WE KNOW THAT THE WAY TO INTERPRET SCRIPTURE IS
  • 00:11:49.070 --> 00:11:53.000
  • THROUGH OTHER SCRIPTURE.
  • 00:11:53.010 --> 00:11:54.280
  • SO FOR A FEW MOMENTS, WE'RE GOING TO PULL BACK,
  • 00:11:54.290 --> 00:11:57.100
  • AND WE'RE GOING TO LOOK AT WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT
  • 00:11:57.110 --> 00:12:01.040
  • WHEN IT'S RIGHT TO DISOBEY GOVERNMENT.
  • 00:12:01.050 --> 00:12:03.290
  • MAY I REMIND YOU THAT PETER,
  • 00:12:04.000 --> 00:12:06.100
  • PAUL, JESUS HIMSELF ALL LOST THEIR LIVES BECAUSE
  • 00:12:06.110 --> 00:12:11.090
  • THEY SAID "NO" TO THE GOVERNING AUTHORITIES?
  • 00:12:11.100 --> 00:12:16.000
  • SO THE REAL QUESTION IS: WHAT SHOULD BE OUR RESPONSE?
  • 00:12:16.010 --> 00:12:20.170
  • AS WE'RE GOING TO SEE IN A MOMENT,
  • 00:12:20.180 --> 00:12:22.160
  • THERE ARE TIMES THAT WE MUST SAY "NO" TO GOVERNMENT.
  • 00:12:22.170 --> 00:12:26.260
  • BUT LET ME SHARE WITH YOU THREE PRINCIPLES THAT YOU
  • 00:12:26.270 --> 00:12:30.120
  • NEED TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOU ENGAGE IN CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE.
  • 00:12:30.130 --> 00:12:35.010
  • PRINCIPLE NUMBER ONE: IF YOU CHOOSE TO SAY "NO" TO
  • 00:12:35.020 --> 00:12:37.200
  • GOVERNMENT, BASE YOUR DISOBEDIENCE ON A CLEAR
  • 00:12:37.210 --> 00:12:42.130
  • BIBLICAL MANDATE.
  • 00:12:42.140 --> 00:12:44.130
  • MAKE SURE YOU ARE BASING YOUR DISOBEDIENCE ON A
  • 00:12:44.140 --> 00:12:47.130
  • CLEAR BIBLICAL MANDATE. TURN OVER TO ACTS CHAPTER 5.
  • 00:12:47.140 --> 00:12:52.100
  • ACTS 5. YOU REMEMBER THIS STORY.
  • 00:12:52.110 --> 00:12:54.150
  • PETER AND THE APOSTLES WERE BOLDLY PROCLAIMING
  • 00:12:54.160 --> 00:12:57.120
  • THE MESSAGE OF JESUS CHRIST,
  • 00:12:57.130 --> 00:12:59.000
  • AND THE SANHEDRIN, THE RULING COUNSEL OF THE JEWS
  • 00:12:59.010 --> 00:13:02.120
  • WHOM THE ROMANS HAD GIVEN POWER TO HANDLE JEWISH
  • 00:13:02.130 --> 00:13:05.290
  • AFFAIRS IN ISRAEL.
  • 00:13:06.000 --> 00:13:08.030
  • THE SANHEDRIN, THE JEWISH OFFICIALS HAULED PETER AND
  • 00:13:08.040 --> 00:13:11.140
  • THE APOSTLES BEFORE THEM, AND SAID: WE WANT YOU TO
  • 00:13:11.150 --> 00:13:14.110
  • QUIT PREACHING THE NAME OF JESUS.
  • 00:13:14.120 --> 00:13:17.060
  • LOOK AT VERSE 28, "THEY SAID TO PETER,
  • 00:13:17.070 --> 00:13:19.140
  • 'WE GAVE YOU STRICT ORDERS NOT TO CONTINUE TEACHING
  • 00:13:19.150 --> 00:13:23.050
  • IN THIS NAME.
  • 00:13:23.060 --> 00:13:24.040
  • AND BEHOLD, YOU HAVE FILLED JERUSALEM WITH YOUR
  • 00:13:24.050 --> 00:13:26.190
  • TEACHING AND INTEND TO BRING THIS MAN'S BLOOD
  • 00:13:26.200 --> 00:13:29.270
  • UPON US,'" TALKING ABOUT JESUS,
  • 00:13:29.280 --> 00:13:32.020
  • "BUT PETER AND THE APOSTLES ANSWERED AND
  • 00:13:32.030 --> 00:13:34.100
  • SAID, 'WE MUST OBEY GOD RATHER THAN MEN.'"
  • 00:13:34.110 --> 00:13:39.190
  • WHEN TOLD THEY HAD TO QUIT PREACHING IN THE NAME OF
  • 00:13:39.200 --> 00:13:42.250
  • JESUS, DID THEY HOLD A PRAYER MEETING;
  • 00:13:42.260 --> 00:13:45.090
  • SAY: OH, GOD, PLEASE SHOW US WHAT TO DO?
  • 00:13:45.100 --> 00:13:47.140
  • NO, THEY DIDN'T HAVE TO PRAY ABOUT THIS.
  • 00:13:47.150 --> 00:13:49.240
  • THE MANDATE FROM CHRIST HAD BEEN CLEAR IN ACTS
  • 00:13:49.250 --> 00:13:51.220
  • 1:8, "YOU'RE TO GO IN THE ALL THE WORLD AND PREACH
  • 00:13:51.230 --> 00:13:55.280
  • THE GOSPEL."
  • 00:13:55.290 --> 00:13:57.120
  • THEY DIDN'T HAVE TO THINK TWICE ABOUT THIS.
  • 00:13:57.130 --> 00:14:00.160
  • IT WAS A CLEAR VIOLATION OF A BIBLICAL,
  • 00:14:00.170 --> 00:14:04.000
  • A GOD-ORDAINED MANDATE.
  • 00:14:04.010 --> 00:14:06.100
  • BUT SOMETIMES GOVERNMENT REGULATION,
  • 00:14:06.110 --> 00:14:10.180
  • EVEN THAT INVOLVES RELIGION DOESN'T
  • 00:14:10.190 --> 00:14:14.060
  • NECESSARILY NEED TO BE DISOBEYED JUST BECAUSE IT
  • 00:14:14.070 --> 00:14:17.210
  • INVOLVES RELIGION.
  • 00:14:17.220 --> 00:14:19.220
  • LET ME GIVE YOU A COUPLE OF ILLUSTRATIONS OF THAT.
  • 00:14:19.230 --> 00:14:22.100
  • FOR EXAMPLE, OUR GOVERNMENT SAYS IF OUR
  • 00:14:22.110 --> 00:14:25.180
  • CHURCH WANTS TO RETAIN ITS TAX-EXEMPT STATUS,
  • 00:14:25.190 --> 00:14:28.200
  • I AS PASTOR CANNOT OFFICIALLY ENDORSE A
  • 00:14:28.210 --> 00:14:32.020
  • POLITICAL CANDIDATE FROM THE PULPIT.
  • 00:14:32.030 --> 00:14:34.060
  • NOW PRIVATELY I'M FREE TO SAY AND DO WHATEVER I WANT TO.
  • 00:14:34.070 --> 00:14:37.060
  • I CAN BE SOMEBODY'S CAMPAIGN FINANCE CHAIRMAN
  • 00:14:37.070 --> 00:14:38.290
  • IF I WANT TO. DOESN'T MATTER.
  • 00:14:39.000 --> 00:14:40.120
  • I'M NOT GOING TO, BELIEVE ME,
  • 00:14:40.130 --> 00:14:41.160
  • BUT I COULD IF I WANTED TO.
  • 00:14:41.170 --> 00:14:43.180
  • I COULD STAND UP HERE AND TELL YOU WHOM I'M VOTING
  • 00:14:43.190 --> 00:14:45.100
  • FOR PERSONALLY, BUT I CANNOT OFFICIALLY ENDORSE
  • 00:14:45.110 --> 00:14:49.030
  • A CANDIDATE OR WE LOSE OUR TAX-EXEMPT STATUS.
  • 00:14:49.040 --> 00:14:51.090
  • NOW, IF I SAY: YOU KNOW WHAT?
  • 00:14:51.100 --> 00:14:53.180
  • YOU KNOW, BALONEY TO THAT.
  • 00:14:53.190 --> 00:14:55.050
  • I'M A PREACHER OF THE GOSPEL AND I GET TO SAY
  • 00:14:55.060 --> 00:14:57.120
  • WHATEVER I WANT TO SAY.
  • 00:14:57.130 --> 00:14:59.050
  • GOVERNMENT SAYS: FINE, WE'RE GOING TO YANK YOUR
  • 00:14:59.060 --> 00:15:00.270
  • TAX-EXEMPT STATUS.
  • 00:15:00.280 --> 00:15:01.290
  • AND IF THAT HAPPENS, I'M NOT SUFFERING FOR
  • 00:15:02.000 --> 00:15:04.190
  • RIGHTEOUSNESS SAKE, I'M SUFFERING FOR MY OWN
  • 00:15:04.200 --> 00:15:07.110
  • STUPIDITY, OK. THAT'S NOT PERSECUTION.
  • 00:15:07.120 --> 00:15:11.100
  • YOU KNOW PEOPLE WHO ARE INVOLVED IN PROTEST,
  • 00:15:11.110 --> 00:15:14.170
  • CHRISTIANS, AND THEY VIOLATE SOMEBODY'S
  • 00:15:14.180 --> 00:15:16.130
  • PROPERTY RIGHTS, AND THEY ARE ARRESTED.
  • 00:15:16.140 --> 00:15:18.220
  • AGAIN, THAT IS FOR DISOBEYING GOVERNING AUTHORITIES.
  • 00:15:18.230 --> 00:15:22.200
  • NOT EVERY GOVERNMENT LAW THAT HAS RELIGIOUS
  • 00:15:22.210 --> 00:15:26.280
  • OVERTONES NECESSARILY NEEDS TO BE DISOBEYED.
  • 00:15:26.290 --> 00:15:29.280
  • WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT THE LAW WE'RE DISOBEYING
  • 00:15:29.290 --> 00:15:34.210
  • IS A CONTRADICTION TO A CLEAR BIBLICAL MANDATE.
  • 00:15:34.220 --> 00:15:38.040
  • NUMBER TWO: IF YOU ENGAGE IN CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE,
  • 00:15:38.050 --> 00:15:41.120
  • DEMONSTRATE RESPECT FOR AUTHORITY WHEN YOU DISOBEY.
  • 00:15:41.130 --> 00:15:46.130
  • DEMONSTRATE RESPECT FOR AUTHORITY WHEN YOU DISOBEY.
  • 00:15:46.140 --> 00:15:50.230
  • REMEMBER THE STORY OF DANIEL IN THE OLD TESTAMENT?
  • 00:15:50.240 --> 00:15:53.140
  • HE AND THE OTHER JEWS WERE TAKEN CAPTIVE BY THE
  • 00:15:53.150 --> 00:15:56.040
  • BABYLONIANS; THEY WERE TAKEN TO BABYLON;
  • 00:15:56.050 --> 00:15:58.080
  • AND DANIEL AS A YOUNG TEENAGER WAS SELECTED
  • 00:15:58.090 --> 00:16:01.010
  • AMONG OTHER TEENAGE BOYS TO BE A PART OF
  • 00:16:01.020 --> 00:16:04.060
  • NEBUCHADNEZZAR'S ELITE GROUP.
  • 00:16:04.070 --> 00:16:07.030
  • AND HE WAS CHOSEN BECAUSE OF HIS INTELLIGENCE,
  • 00:16:07.040 --> 00:16:10.000
  • HIS WISDOM, HIS GOOD LOOKS.
  • 00:16:10.010 --> 00:16:11.150
  • AND IMMEDIATELY THIS GROUP OF YOUNG MEN WERE TOLD
  • 00:16:11.160 --> 00:16:14.020
  • THAT AS A PART OF THE KING'S SPECIAL PROGRAM
  • 00:16:14.030 --> 00:16:16.140
  • THEY NEEDED TO EAT FROM THE KING'S TABLE;
  • 00:16:16.150 --> 00:16:18.230
  • AND IMMEDIATELY THAT WAS A CONTRADICTION TO DANIEL'S
  • 00:16:18.240 --> 00:16:20.280
  • CONSCIENCE BECAUSE IT VIOLATED THE DIETARY LAWS
  • 00:16:20.290 --> 00:16:23.200
  • DANIEL WAS UNDER.
  • 00:16:23.210 --> 00:16:25.220
  • DANIEL COULD HAVE STORMED INTO NEBUCHADNEZZAR'S
  • 00:16:25.230 --> 00:16:27.220
  • PRESENCE AND SAID: YOU PAGAN KING,
  • 00:16:27.230 --> 00:16:30.200
  • WHY WOULD I OBEY YOU RATHER THAN GOD?
  • 00:16:30.210 --> 00:16:32.200
  • AND HAD HE DONE THAT, HE WOULD HAVE BEEN THE FIRST
  • 00:16:32.210 --> 00:16:34.140
  • HEBREW MARTYR IN BABYLON.
  • 00:16:34.150 --> 00:16:36.290
  • BUT HE DIDN'T ACT THAT WAY.
  • 00:16:37.000 --> 00:16:38.160
  • IN FACT HE DIDN'T EVEN ADDRESS NEBUCHADNEZZAR
  • 00:16:38.170 --> 00:16:40.270
  • DIRECTLY OUT OF RESPECT TO THE KING.
  • 00:16:40.280 --> 00:16:43.090
  • INSTEAD HE SAID TO NEBUCHADNEZZAR'S CHIEF OF
  • 00:16:43.100 --> 00:16:45.210
  • STAFF: I REALIZE YOU HAVE GOOD INTENTIONS IN ASKING
  • 00:16:45.220 --> 00:16:49.060
  • US TO DO THIS, BUT SINCE THIS VIOLATES MY
  • 00:16:49.070 --> 00:16:52.130
  • CONSCIENCE, COULD I OFFER AN ALTERNATIVE SUGGESTION?
  • 00:16:52.140 --> 00:16:56.170
  • AND HE CAME UP WITH AN ALTERNATIVE IDEA
  • 00:16:56.180 --> 00:16:59.220
  • THAT WOULD HELP THE KING MEET HIS GOALS.
  • 00:16:59.230 --> 00:17:01.190
  • AND THE KING FOUND FAVOR WITH THAT SUGGESTION,
  • 00:17:01.200 --> 00:17:03.210
  • AND GOD HONORED HIM FOR THAT.
  • 00:17:03.220 --> 00:17:05.170
  • HE DISOBEYED, BUT HE DID SO IN A RESPECTFUL WAY.
  • 00:17:05.180 --> 00:17:08.260
  • YOU SEE THE SAME THING WITH PETER.
  • 00:17:08.270 --> 00:17:10.050
  • YOU KNOW AFTER CAIAPHAS, THE JEWISH HIGH PRIEST
  • 00:17:10.060 --> 00:17:12.200
  • SAID, YOU KNOW: QUIT PREACHING IN THE NAME OF JESUS.
  • 00:17:12.210 --> 00:17:15.160
  • DID PETER RESPOND: YOU CHRIST KILLER,
  • 00:17:15.170 --> 00:17:18.130
  • WHY WOULD I LISTEN TO YOU?
  • 00:17:18.140 --> 00:17:19.150
  • YOU CAN GO JUMP IN THE SEA OF GALILEE.
  • 00:17:19.160 --> 00:17:21.110
  • NO, HE DIDN'T DO THAT.
  • 00:17:21.120 --> 00:17:23.150
  • INSTEAD HE RESPECTFULLY, BUT FIRMLY SAID: WE MUST
  • 00:17:23.160 --> 00:17:27.010
  • OBEY GOD RATHER THAN MEN.
  • 00:17:27.020 --> 00:17:29.090
  • I BELIEVE IN THESE DAYS AS WE SEE OUR COUNTRY MOVING
  • 00:17:29.100 --> 00:17:34.020
  • FURTHER AND FURTHER AWAY FROM ITS CHRISTIAN
  • 00:17:34.030 --> 00:17:35.260
  • HERITAGE, WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO SAY "NO" TO
  • 00:17:35.270 --> 00:17:39.010
  • GOVERNMENT, ESPECIALLY AS THEY BEGIN TO ABROGATE OUR
  • 00:17:39.020 --> 00:17:42.040
  • VERY REAL 1ST AMENDMENT RIGHTS OF FREE SPEECH AND
  • 00:17:42.050 --> 00:17:45.260
  • THE FREE EXERCISE OF RELIGION.
  • 00:17:45.270 --> 00:17:47.280
  • BUT WHEN WE DISOBEY, WE DON'T HAVE TO ACT LIKE
  • 00:17:47.290 --> 00:17:51.250
  • JERKS IN DOING SO.
  • 00:17:51.260 --> 00:17:53.170
  • THE BIBLE SAYS WE NEED TO ACT WITH RESPECT.
  • 00:17:53.180 --> 00:17:57.060
  • PRINCIPLE NUMBER THREE: WHEN YOU ENGAGE IN CIVIL
  • 00:17:57.070 --> 00:17:59.150
  • DISOBEDIENCE, AND THIS IS ONE OF THE LOT OF PEOPLE
  • 00:17:59.160 --> 00:18:02.100
  • MISS, BE PREPARED TO SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES
  • 00:18:02.110 --> 00:18:06.120
  • FOR YOUR DISOBEDIENCE.
  • 00:18:06.130 --> 00:18:08.120
  • IF INDEED YOU CHOOSE TO DISOBEY GOVERNMENT,
  • 00:18:08.130 --> 00:18:11.010
  • YOU NEED TO BE READY TO SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES
  • 00:18:11.020 --> 00:18:14.030
  • FOR THAT DISOBEDIENCE.
  • 00:18:14.040 --> 00:18:16.000
  • I THINK ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE OF DR. MARTIN
  • 00:18:16.010 --> 00:18:18.030
  • LUTHER KING JR., MANY OF US ARE FAMILIAR WITH HIS
  • 00:18:18.040 --> 00:18:20.270
  • LETTER FROM BIRMINGHAM JAIL.
  • 00:18:20.280 --> 00:18:23.130
  • DR. KING WAS INCARCERATED BECAUSE HE LED A PROTEST,
  • 00:18:23.140 --> 00:18:28.050
  • NON-VIOLENT PROTEST AGAINST RACISM.
  • 00:18:28.060 --> 00:18:31.140
  • HE SAID: ONE MAY WELL ASK: HOW CAN YOU ADVOCATE
  • 00:18:31.150 --> 00:18:34.280
  • BREAKING SOME LAWS AND OBEYING OTHERS?
  • 00:18:34.290 --> 00:18:38.090
  • THE ANSWER LIES IN THE FACT THAT THERE ARE TWO
  • 00:18:38.100 --> 00:18:41.120
  • TYPES OF LAWS - JUST AND UNJUST.
  • 00:18:41.130 --> 00:18:45.240
  • I WOULD BE THE FIRST TO ADVOCATE OBEYING JUST LAWS.
  • 00:18:45.250 --> 00:18:49.160
  • ONE HAS NOT ONLY A LEGAL, BUT A MORAL RESPONSIBILITY
  • 00:18:49.170 --> 00:18:53.010
  • TO OBEY JUST LAWS.
  • 00:18:53.020 --> 00:18:55.140
  • CONVERSELY, ONE HAS A MORAL RESPONSIBILITY TO
  • 00:18:55.150 --> 00:18:59.010
  • DISOBEY UNJUST LAWS.
  • 00:18:59.020 --> 00:19:02.130
  • I WOULD AGREE WITH ST. AUGUSTINE THAT AN UNJUST
  • 00:19:02.140 --> 00:19:05.160
  • LAW IS NO LAW AT ALL.
  • 00:19:05.170 --> 00:19:08.090
  • NOW WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO?
  • 00:19:08.100 --> 00:19:11.060
  • A JUST LAW IS A MAN-MADE CODE THAT SQUARES WITH THE
  • 00:19:11.070 --> 00:19:15.200
  • MORAL LAW OR THE LAW OF GOD.
  • 00:19:15.210 --> 00:19:18.140
  • AN UNJUST LAW IS A CODE THAT IS OUT OF HARMONY
  • 00:19:18.150 --> 00:19:23.060
  • WITH THE MORAL LAW.
  • 00:19:23.070 --> 00:19:25.140
  • DR. KING BELIEVED THAT ANY LAW THAT CODIFIED RACIAL
  • 00:19:25.150 --> 00:19:29.190
  • DISCRIMINATION, VIOLATED NOT JUST MORAL LAW BUT THE
  • 00:19:29.200 --> 00:19:33.020
  • LAW OF GOD. AND HE SAID "NO."
  • 00:19:33.030 --> 00:19:36.240
  • HE WASN'T SURPRISED THAT HE ENDED UP IN JAIL.
  • 00:19:36.250 --> 00:19:38.290
  • HE DIDN'T COMPLAIN ABOUT HIS MISTREATMENT.
  • 00:19:39.000 --> 00:19:41.160
  • HE KNEW THAT WAS THE CONSEQUENCE OF CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE.
  • 00:19:41.170 --> 00:19:45.020
  • AND IT'S GOING TO BE THE SAME FOR ANY OF US WHO SAY
  • 00:19:45.030 --> 00:19:47.110
  • "NO" TO GOVERNMENT.
  • 00:19:47.120 --> 00:19:48.200
  • I WANT YOU TO MARK THIS DOWN AND REMEMBER: MOST
  • 00:19:48.210 --> 00:19:52.010
  • CHRISTIANS ARE NOT SPARED THE CONSEQUENCES OF SAYING
  • 00:19:52.020 --> 00:19:54.220
  • "NO" TO GOVERNMENT.
  • 00:19:54.230 --> 00:19:55.230
  • AFTER ALL, EVEN DANIEL HAD TO SPEND ONE NIGHT WITH
  • 00:19:55.240 --> 00:19:58.250
  • THE LIONS FOR HIS DISOBEDIENCE TO DARIUS.
  • 00:19:58.260 --> 00:20:02.030
  • OR THINK ABOUT PAUL - HE LOST HIS HEAD BECAUSE HE
  • 00:20:02.040 --> 00:20:05.070
  • SAID "NO" TO THE ROMAN GOVERNMENT.
  • 00:20:05.080 --> 00:20:07.020
  • OR THINK ABOUT JESUS.
  • 00:20:07.030 --> 00:20:08.090
  • HE WAS CRUCIFIED BECAUSE HE WOULD NOT RENOUNCE HIS
  • 00:20:08.100 --> 00:20:11.140
  • DIVINITY THAT HE WAS THE SON OF GOD.
  • 00:20:11.150 --> 00:20:14.040
  • GO BACK TO ACTS CHAPTER 5.
  • 00:20:14.050 --> 00:20:15.210
  • WHAT HAPPENED WHEN PETER SAID "NO" TO CAIAPHAS?
  • 00:20:15.220 --> 00:20:19.070
  • LOOK AT VERSES 40 AND 41, "THESE JEWISH AUTHORITIES
  • 00:20:19.080 --> 00:20:23.180
  • FLOGGED PETER AND THE APOSTLES AND ORDERED THEM
  • 00:20:23.190 --> 00:20:27.010
  • TO SPEAK NO MORE IN THE NAME OF JESUS,
  • 00:20:27.020 --> 00:20:30.140
  • AND THEN RELEASED THEM."
  • 00:20:30.150 --> 00:20:31.220
  • THEY WERE BEATEN BECAUSE THEY SAID "NO" TO GOVERNMENT.
  • 00:20:31.230 --> 00:20:34.280
  • "SO THEY WENT ON THEIR WAY FROM THE
  • 00:20:34.290 --> 00:20:36.130
  • PRESENCE OF THE COUNSEL REJOICING," REJOICING.
  • 00:20:36.140 --> 00:20:42.240
  • "THAT THEY HAD BEEN CONSIDERED WORTHY TO
  • 00:20:42.250 --> 00:20:46.080
  • SUFFER SHAME FOR HIS NAME."
  • 00:20:46.090 --> 00:20:50.020
  • NOW DON'T MAKE THE WRONG APPLICATION HERE.
  • 00:20:50.030 --> 00:20:54.260
  • DOES THAT MEAN WE'RE NOT TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT
  • 00:20:54.270 --> 00:20:59.010
  • CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION IN OUR WORLD?
  • 00:20:59.020 --> 00:21:01.020
  • DOES IT MEAN WHEN WE SEE OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS
  • 00:21:01.030 --> 00:21:04.050
  • IN CHRIST AROUND THE WORLD BEING SLAUGHTERED THAT
  • 00:21:04.060 --> 00:21:06.120
  • WE'RE SUPPOSED TO SAY: OH, WHAT A PRIVILEGE IT IS FOR
  • 00:21:06.130 --> 00:21:08.230
  • THEM TO SUFFER IN THE NAME OF CHRIST?
  • 00:21:08.240 --> 00:21:10.100
  • NO, WE'RE TO STAND UP AGAINST EVIL.
  • 00:21:10.110 --> 00:21:13.060
  • WE'RE TO STAND UP AGAINST ISIS AND TOTALITARIAN
  • 00:21:13.070 --> 00:21:16.080
  • REGIMES THAT ARE SLAUGHTERING OUR BROTHERS
  • 00:21:16.090 --> 00:21:18.030
  • AND SISTERS IN CHRIST.
  • 00:21:18.040 --> 00:21:19.200
  • WE'RE TO CALL ON OUR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TO
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  • USE ANY AND EVERY MEANS NECESSARY TO PUT AN END TO
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  • CHRISTIAN SUFFERING AROUND THE WORLD.
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  • THIS IS NO TIME FOR CHRISTIANS TO BE SILENT,
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  • AND USE THIS AS AN EXCUSE FOR NOT SPEAKING OUT.
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  • AS WE SEE THE BELIEFS OF CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIANS
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  • INCREASINGLY BE MARGINALIZED,
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  • AS WE WATCH OUR RIGHTS BEING TAKEN AWAY,
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  • OUR 1ST AMENDMENT RIGHTS WHICH OUR FOREFATHERS GAVE
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  • THEIR LIFE'S BLOOD FOR US TO HAVE.
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  • WE'RE NOT TO STAY SILENT.
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  • YOU SAY: WELL, WHERE DO YOU GET THAT IN SCRIPTURE, PASTOR?
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  • LOOK AT THE EXAMPLE OF PAUL.
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  • PAUL WAS THE GREATEST MISSIONARY EVANGELIST IN
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  • THE WORLD AND YET HE SPENT TWO YEARS TIED UP IN THE
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  • ROMAN LEGAL SYSTEM FIGHTING FOR HIS RIGHTS AS
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  • A ROMAN CITIZEN TO SHARE THE MESSAGE OF JESUS CHRIST.
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  • NO, THIS PASSAGE IS NOT SAYING REMAIN SILENT WHEN
  • 00:22:15.100 --> 00:22:18.290
  • PERSECUTION COMES. BUT WHAT THE PASSAGE
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  • IS SAYING IS THIS: IF INDEED
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  • YOU SUFFER FOR THE NAME OF CHRIST - REJOICE IN THAT.
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  • CONSIDER IT A PRIVILEGE THAT GOD WOULD ALLOW YOU
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  • TO SUFFER IN THE NAME OF THE ONE WHO CAME,
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  • AND BLED, AND GAVE HIS LIFE FOR US.
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  • REMEMBER THE PROMISE OF PAUL IN 2 TIMOTHY 2:12,
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  • "FOR IF WE ENDURE WITH HIM,
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  • SCRIPTURE TELLS US THAT A GOOD GOVERNMENT
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  • ESTABLISHES ORDER AND WE ARE TO OBEY THAT AUTHORITY.
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  • IF WE DO GOOD, THERE IS NOTHING TO FEAR FROM
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  • GOOD GOVERNMENT.
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  • WELL, I PRAY TODAY'S MESSAGE HAS
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  • MISSIONARY TO THE GENTILES.
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  • AND HE SPENT THE REST OF HIS LIFE CRISSCROSSING
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  • THE ROMAN EMPIRE, SHARING THE GOOD NEWS WITH ANYONE
  • 00:23:59.000 --> 00:24:02.050
  • WHO WOULD LISTEN.
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  • AND DENNIS SWANBERG'S COMEDY CONCERT!
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  • DENNIS SWANBERG: I MEAN I'VE THOUGHT ABOUT WRITING
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  • A BOOK. AND I WAS GOING TO ASK ROBERT JEFFRESS
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  • ANSWERS IMPORTANT QUESTIONS ABOUT SIN, SALVATION,
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  • SUFFERING, HOLINESS, AND CONDEMNATION.
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  • DR. JEFFRESS: IT DOESN'T MATTER WHETHER YOU'RE RICH
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  • OR POOR, YOUNG OR OLD, DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN,
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  • JEW OR GENTILE - ANYONE AND EVERYONE IS WELCOMED
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  • TO COME TO CHRIST.
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  • YOUR SUPPORT OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY WILL HELP US
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  • CONTINUE TO SPEAK BOLDLY TO OUR TROUBLED COUNTRY
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  • AND THE WORLD WITH BIBLICAL TRUTH.
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  • SO THANK YOU FOR HELPING US PIERCE THE DARKNESS
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  • WITH THE LIGHT OF GOD'S WORD!
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  • IN TODAY'S STUDY, WE LOOKED AT A PASSAGE FROM
  • 00:25:18.040 --> 00:25:20.250
  • THE SECTION OF ROMANS THAT DEALS WITH THE PRACTICAL
  • 00:25:20.260 --> 00:25:23.070
  • IMPLICATIONS OF OUR FAITH.
  • 00:25:23.080 --> 00:25:25.080
  • WE LEARNED THAT AS CHRISTIANS,
  • 00:25:25.090 --> 00:25:27.100
  • OUR FAITH SHOULD SHAPE OUR ATTITUDES TOWARD GOVERNMENT.
  • 00:25:27.110 --> 00:25:30.260
  • SO, IT SHOULDN'T BE SURPRISING THAT EVEN
  • 00:25:30.270 --> 00:25:33.170
  • WHEN WE ENGAGE IN CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE,
  • 00:25:33.180 --> 00:25:36.100
  • SCRIPTURE GIVES US CLEAR GUIDANCE ON HOW TO PROCEED.
  • 00:25:36.110 --> 00:25:40.050
  • THAT'S THE POWER OF GOD'S WORD;
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  • IT'S ACTIVE AND ALIVE AND SPEAKS TO US
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  • RIGHT WHERE WE ARE.
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  • AS WE GO ABOUT OUR DAILY LIVES IT'S EASY TO
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  • BECOME ENGULFED IN THE MUNDANE DETAILS.
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  • NEXT TIME, PAUL INSTRUCTS US TO WAKE UP BECAUSE
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  • THE DAY OF OUR REDEMPTION IS CLOSER THAN YOU THINK.
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  • THERE ARE SOME DAYS THAT ARE SO EXCITING IN AND OF
  • 00:26:47.150 --> 00:26:50.280
  • THEMSELVES THAT YOU GET UP IMMEDIATELY.
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  • YOU'RE ABLE TO SHAKE OFF THE LETHARGY OF
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  • THE NIGHT BEFORE.
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  • WELL IN THE PASSAGE WE'RE GOING TO LOOK AT TODAY,
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  • PAUL SAYS THERE IS ONE DAY COMING - IN FACT,
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  • IT'S ABOUT TO DAWN - THAT IS SO EXCITING THAT IT
  • 00:27:03.250 --> 00:27:08.020
  • OUGHT TO CAUSE US TO AWAKEN IMMEDIATELY;
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  • TO GET UP, TO GET READY.
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  • AND THAT DAY IS THE DAY OF CHRIST'S APPEARING.
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