A very popular teaching in the Hebrew Roots & Torah groups and other groups is that we are to be "sovereign citizens", meaning that we are not required by The Creator to submit to or to obey man's government and laws. They say that the government is evil and man's laws are evil and that we are only under The Creator's laws and not man's laws. They say the government and law system is from Satan. Some say that you do not have to pay taxes or attain permits such as driver's licenses or car registrations. What does the holy scriptures say?1 Peter 2:13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man (man's government & laws) for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;
Proverbs 24:21 My son, fear thou the Lord and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change.
Matthew 22:15 Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk.
16 And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men.
17 Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?
18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites?
19 Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny.
20 And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription?
21 They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's.
22 When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.
(Jesus very clearly taught that we must pay taxes. The government creates the money, it belongs to them. If they demand some of the money back, we are to render it to them. However, see the section near the bottom of the page, titled: "Exception: Godly Civil Disobedience.")
Romans 13:1 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.
5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.
7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.
What did Jesus do? What did Paul do? They both submitted to the police and court system of man's government, without any resistance. The Creator even told Jeremiah to submit to the wicked Babylonian government and The Creator told Jeremiah to instruct the other people to do the same. See Jer.27.
As you can see, the scriptures very clearly instruct us to obey man's government regardless of whether they are wicked or not. Just because we disagree with them is not justification for our disobedience. When we disobey or rebel against man's government, we disobey & rebel against The Creator Himself. Why is this? It's because, according to what scripture says, The Creator is who put these people into power. The Creator has appointed these people to rule over us. The Creator appointed Saul, David, Solomon, Obama and Trump. This doesn't mean they are all righteous, but they are appointed by The Creator for a time and season and for a reason. Even David respected Saul's authority while Saul was repeatedly trying to murder him! David even sentenced a man to death for confessing to killing Saul. (Although the man lied, & Saul had killed himself, but the point is still true that David sentenced a man to death because he thought the man killed Saul.) If anyone had any right to resist authority or a king, it was David, but instead, David respected those that God had previously placed in control, even though that man became wicked!
According to scripture, The Creator created government and law. That's the origin of law & government, not Satan. Even the court system of man judging man was created by The Creator. Mose's father-in-law told Moses to appoint judges & officers. That was wise advice, which Moses took and The Creator never corrected Moses or his father-in-law for this. Even if you dislike your government, the fact still remains that God gave us human kings and human government and works via that government and those kings. We are not to be a lawless people, without government and laws. To not have human government, human laws, human police and a human court system, we would be extremely out of control and it would be unsafe to live anywhere. We need the police, human laws, human court system and human government. Because without it, there would be total chaos. All law except Islamic Sharia Law is based upon "how to treat others with love", which is based upon the 10 Commandments given by the Creator. All good law goes back to the Creator. Law & decency was given by God. Without it, would be nothing but wickedness.
We can't disobey the government just because we want to, or because we want a better government. If you live in a nation where you are allowed to protest, vote, sign petitions, etc, then that's the route that you should take to change the government and laws, as well as to repent. But you can't righteously declare yourself as sovereign to God only, because God says that you are to submit to man's government that He has appointed, even when they are wicked. That's The Creator's Law. That's scripture, like it or not. Stop being rebellious!
If you are against the government or man's laws, then you have no right to call the police or ambulance when you need them. You also have no right to travel the roads that were paved by man's government & paid for by their law of taxes. You also do not have any right to collect Social Security or disability or food stamps, or to go to court to sue a person, or to sue the government. Because when you accept those payments, or use the very system that you do not believe in, you expose yourself as a hypocrite.
There is law, and there are consequences for rebellion to that law. When we sin via rebelling against man's laws or the creator's laws, we will suffer the consequences. As the scriptures above declare,
Romans 13:2-4 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.
Disobey & rebel, and you will eventually lose the court cases and everything will be taken away from you including your freedom. It's time people learn to respect authority and to humble themselves and realize that the Creator is in control even when wicked rulers/judges are in power.
The only exception that the bible gives is only when the government forbids us from obeying God. This has always been our teaching.
Update: April 2021: In the case of the Biden regime in the USA, he is using American tax payer dollars to fund abortion, which is the murder of millions of defenseless babies. It is a sin to fund murder. Therefore, it would be a sin for Americans to pay their federal taxes to the Biden regime. However, we should continue to obey other Federal laws except for where they are against our God given rights to fish, hunt, live, breath, pray, marry, worship, etc.
(Romans 13:1-7 and other scriptures teach us to obey the governments of mankind. This ministry continues to teach this! However, we must acknowledge all scripture. Not just part of it. The bible is clear that there exceptions of when we must not obey the governments of mankind.)
Acts 5:29 We must obey God and not man (man's government) in some situations.
Paul and Peter were repeatedly told to not preach in Jesus name.
But they disobeyed.
Distribution of the gospel. That's illegal in Muslim and Communist nations. Yet we must still distribute the gospel of Jesus Christ in all nations.
Government says that we can't criticize Islam or homosexuality. But we must continue to expose wickedness and speak against it. It is our Christian duty and what the bible teaches us to do, regardless of man's law.
Any and every time that man's government tells us to disobey God, then we must disobey that rule; because our obedience to God comes first.
Man is not the creator God. Only God is God almighty.
God's laws are over and above man's laws.
Daniel 3:14-18 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego disobeyed Nebuchadnezzar’s order to worship false gods. We know that Daniel also disobeyed the new law that said that he could not pray to the God of Israel.
Exodus 1:15-17 The midwives disobeyed the order to kill male children.
Right now, the antichrist Biden regime is demanding American taxpayers to send their Federal taxes to be used for killing children (funding abortion) and to promote and fund Islam, homosexuality, poisonous vaccines, and to fund their war against Christians and against Israel. Therefore, the bible is clear on this! We can, and we must, disobey such demonic laws!
2 Cor. 11:32-33 Christians disobeyed the King's order to seize Paul.
Joshua 2 Rahab committed treason against the government of Jericho to help the Hebrew spies.
1 Cor. 11 Women wearing hats during worship services was the custom of the time but is not a law for today's church. Each church generation has different & unique situations that apply only to their generation. Things/situations change.
The apostle of each generation has the right to declare the instructions of that generation. No apostle before Paul taught that Jesus cleansed meats except for only one verse in Mark. Paul taught new instructions. Moses had also taught new instructions. And Paul's new teachings went contrary to Moses' teaching circumcision and sacrifices. Yet we know that it would had been wrong to say that Paul taught us to disobey God.
The apostle Paul that wrote the book of Romans is dead.
The apostle Zimmerman is alive.
God is not the God of the dead, but of the living. Matt.22:32
Yes we must still consider Paul's writings. 2 Tim.3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.
But even Paul did not believe that we had to keep every word of law of the dead Moses.
Please read our article, "What is Done Away?"
Government taxes are used differently today. And our awareness of it.
In ancient times, the killing of children was not funded by tax payer money. It did not require money for the pagans to sacrifice children to fire. It also did not require money to build pagan statues and idols. They used slaves and other forced labor.
But today, Biden uses our federal taxpayer money to pay other people to do the murdering for him. And we are aware of this.
Therefore, when we pay federal taxes to the Biden regime, we knowingly approve of and fund murder of innocent, defenseless babies.
The bible teaches that we are held accountable for what we know!
During the Trump administration, he removed federal funding for abortion. Therefore, you should have paid federal taxes according to the law at that time. But not under the Biden regime, who is not even the elected president, and who is doing more to fund abortion and promote abortion, than any previous person in the history of the American government; as well as many other extreme evils via your tax dollars.
The USA was founded/started because of their refusal to pay taxes to the king of England! George Washington, a man of God, disobeyed the British king via taxes and many other ways! If he had not disobeyed, then America would have never existed! This was God's will.
Paul was right about circumcision and sacrifices.
However, he was wrong about men with long hair. Nature does not teach us that it is a shame for men to have long hair. By nature, all men would have long hair if they didn't cut it. Nature grows men's hair just as long as any woman's hair. Many great men of God had long hair. Short hair was only Paul's custom. Paul was wrong about men's hair, but it would had been wrong to forsake Paul and to rebuke the servant of God! Especially the women who are to submit to the men of the church in all things.
Marriage licenses: We have the God given right to have sex and to fall in love and to have relationships. The governments of mankind don't have any authority over our feelings, our souls, our God given rights and human nature. I refuse to get the same license that the government gives to sinful and illegal homosexual relationships. A marriage license is a tax paid in order to attain permission to do what God has already given us the right to do. God's law doesn't require us to pay that type of tax or to attain such permission.
Fishing and hunting: God given right to survive, to eat, to enjoy nature, to relax, to take from the land the food that He provides. Man's government can regulate it to help preserve it with correct balances. But can't restrict us from actually fishing & hunting. A fishing & hunting license is a tax paid in order to attain permission to do what God has already given us the right to do. God's law doesn't require us to pay that type of tax or to attain such permission.
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