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The True Meaning Of Romans 13-Parts 1 - 2 - 3 by Chuck Baldwin

The True Meaning Of Romans 13-Part 1 : http://chuckbaldwinlive.com/home/?p=3014

The True Meaning of Romans 13-Part 2 : http://chuckbaldwinlive.com/home/?p=3044

The True Meaning of Romans 13-Part 3 : http://chuckbaldwinlive.com/home/?p=3087

Romans Chapter 13 - http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig8/baldwin1.html

It seems that every time someone such as myself attempts to encourage our Christian brothers and sisters to resist an unconstitutional or otherwise reprehensible government policy, we hear the retort, "What about Romans Chapter 13? We Christians must submit to government. Any government. Read your Bible, and leave me alone." Or words to that effect.

No doubt, some who use this argument are sincere. They are only repeating what they have heard their pastor and other religious leaders say. On the other hand, let's be honest enough to admit that some who use this argument are just plain lazy, apathetic, and indifferent. And Romans 13 is their escape from responsibility. I suspect this is the much larger group, by the way.

Nevertheless, for the benefit of those who are sincere (but obviously misinformed), let's briefly examine Romans Chapter 13. I quote Romans Chapter 13, verses 1 through 7, from the Authorized King James text:

"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. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. 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; honor to whom honor."

Do our Christian friends who use these verses to teach that we should not oppose President Bush or any other political leader really believe that civil magistrates have unlimited authority to do anything they want without opposition? I doubt whether they truly believe that.

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Here's a good short video

Here's a good short video (for those who can't/don't read...) on the subject of Romans 13, as I wrote about below.

Romans 13

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"Ehhh, What's ups Doc?" B.Bunny "Scwewy Wabbit!"E. Fudd
People's Awareness Coalition: Deprogramming Sequence

And for the TRUE meaning of

And for the TRUE meaning of Romans 13, let's look at the original word in the Greek text that is translated "power" in Romans 13.

"Exousia", which the translators of King James translated as "power", has a primary definition: "power of choice, liberty of doing as one pleases"

Indeed, when we look at non biblical authors of the time, "liberty", "freedom of choice" was the common definition of the word "Exousia".

The Greek Glossary of Aristotelian Terms states that exousia means "right".
http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/aristotle-politics

Aristotle actually exemplifies its use in the statement, "The right (exousia) to do anything one wishes..."
http://paul.bullen.com/BullenLawmakers.html

And in Plato's notes "Greek words for freedom (is) eleutheros (liberal/Free), exousia (Freedom/Power to do something), ..."
http://www.uiowa.edu/~lsa/bkh/lla/plato

Again in Bryn Mawr's Classical Review we see, "Enomaos maintained that we are absolutely masters of the most necessary things (52-53). Brancacci notices that the term used by Enomaos to refer to human freedom is not the typical Cynic one (eleutheria), but exousia, which expresses 'the new concept of freedom in opposition to the already defunct and unhelpful eleutheria'."
(Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2001.08.19 On this issue, see S. Bobzien, Determinism and Freedom in Stoic Philosophy, Oxford 1998, chap. 6 (not quoted by Brancacci, but listed in the bibliography)http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/bmcr/2001/2001-08-19.html

“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

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"Ehhh, What's ups Doc?" B.Bunny "Scwewy Wabbit!"E. Fudd
People's Awareness Coalition: Deprogramming Sequence

Interesting...

Thomas Jefferson re-wrote the New Testament to his own liking. He was fluent in Latin and Greek so he was able to read older texts. Ultimately he removed all of Pauls writings. From what I understand he felt Paul was the corrupter of Jesus' teachings.

In truth, none of the New

In truth, none of the New Testament was suppose to be written. It is precisely that man put the Scripture into writing that Jews (Judahians) went astray of Israel. Through sophistry, the Pharisees (the experts) turned the word of God to no effect. By their selfish desires, they gave the people a deception in meaningless traditions, and confirmed these traditions by THEIR interpretation of the Scriptures. This is why the New Covenant was not to be written.

"For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people"
Hebrew 8:10

This New Covenant is not written on stone or paper, it is written in the hearts and in the minds of men.

It was Constantine who put it on paper, and then the ways of the Pharisees (the experts) continue.

Most GOOD men have no problem searching their hearts and minds and deciding that something is wrong with Romans 13...

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"Ehhh, What's ups Doc?" B.Bunny "Scwewy Wabbit!"E. Fudd
People's Awareness Coalition: Deprogramming Sequence

i like it :) i learned

i like it :) i learned something interesting today