Who should be subject to
"Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is
no power but of God." Romans 13:1.
By whom are the powers
"The powers that be are ordained of God." Verse 1.
What does one resist who
resists just civil authority?
"Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the
ordinance of God: and they that
resist shall receive to themselves damnation." Verse 2.
What are the proper
sphere and work of civil authorities?
"For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil...
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." Verses 3-4.
Who is it that receives
the enforcement of law?
"Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for
the lawless and disobedient ." 1 Timothy 1:9.
How should Christians
respect civil authority?
"Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey
magistrates, to be ready to every good work." Titus 3:1. "Submit
yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the
king, as supreme; or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the
punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well... Honour all
men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king." 1 Peter 2: 13-17.
"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." Romans 13:6, 7.
In what words does Christ
reveal that there are two spheres of authority: one that belongs to earthly
governments, and another, higher one, that belongs to God alone?
"Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and
unto God the things that are God's." Matthew 22:21.
To whom alone did Jesus
say that worship can and must be given to?
"Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him
only shalt thou serve."
What decree did King
Nebuchadnezzar once make to all the citizens of his empire?
"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." Daniel 3:5, 6.
What answer did the three
faithful Hebrew captives give?
"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... But if not... we will not serve thy gods,
nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up." Verses 16-18.
What did Nebuchadnezzar
"He commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery
furnace." Verse 20.
After their miraculous
deliverance, what did Nebuchadnezzar then declare to everyone?
"Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, 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." Verse 28.
In what way alone were
the envious leaders of Medo-Persia able to complain about Daniel?
"We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it
against him concerning the law of his God." Daniel 6:5.
What religious law did
they succeed in urging the king to enact?
"That whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days,
save of thee, a king, he shall be cast into the den of lions." Verse 7.
Did Daniel obey this new
"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 a foretime." Verse 10.
What was done to
Daniel for disobeying it?
"Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into
the den of lions." Verse 16.
What did Darius say when
Daniel was taken out of the lions' den?
"O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest
continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?" Verse 20.
What was Daniel's reply
to the king?
"O king, live for ever, My God hath sent His angel, and hath shut the
lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before Him innocency was
found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt." Verses
What parting command did
Christ give to His disciples?
"Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every
creature." Mark 16:15.
What counter command did
the Jewish authorities in Jerusalem soon give them?
"And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach
in the name of Jesus." Acts 4:18.
What reply did Peter and
John give to these authorities?
"Whether it be right in
the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For
we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard." Verses 19-20.
For continuing to preach
the Word of God, after being forbidden to do so, what was the result?
"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." Acts
Did God then reveal
Himself to be on the side of governmental authorities when they did wrong?
"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." Verses 19-20.
When the apostles were
called before the council again, what question did the high priest ask them?
"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." Verse 28.
What reply did the
apostles make to the authorities?
"We ought to obey God rather than men." Verse 29.
Who is higher than the
"higher powers" of this earth? matter:
for He that is higher than the highest regardeth; and there be higher
than they." Ecclesiastes 5:8.
"If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of
judgment and justice in a provine, marvel not at the
Because Mordecai refused
to bow down before Haman, a leading official of Medo-Persia, what emperial
decree did Haman succeed in enacting?
"And the letters were sent by posts into all the king's provinces, to
destroy, to kill, and to cause to perish, all Jews, both young and old, little
children and women, in one day, even upon the thirteenth day of the twelfth
month, which is the month Adar, and to take the spoil of them for a prey."
What is religion?
"The recognition of God as an object of worship, love, and
obedience." Webster. Other definitions equally good are: "The
duty which we owe to our Creator, and the manner of discharging it."
"Man's personal relation of faith and obedience to God."
In religious things, whom
alone dare we call "Father"?
"And call no man your
father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven."
When tempted to bow down
before Satan, what reply did Christ make?
"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." Matthew
4:10. (See Deuteronomy 6:13; 10:30.)
To whom alone, then, is
each one accountable in religion?
"So then everyone of us shall give account of himself to God." Romans
What do those do,
therefore, who make men accountable to them in matters of religion?
They put themselves in the place of God. (See 2 Thessalonians 2:3, 4.)
Why is it, that in areas
of religion, Christ declared that men must not be called masters?
"Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even
Christ." Matthew 23:10.
To whom, then, as
servants of God, are we responsible in matters of faith and worship?
"Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master
he standeth or falleth." Romans 14:4.
Whose servants are we not
"Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men." 1
Where must all men
finally appear to render account of their lives and actions?
"For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that
everyone may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath
done, whether it be good or bad." 2 Corinthians 5:10.