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GOD AND GOVERNMENT - CHRISTIAN AND BIBLE

Governments are ordained and established by God for the purpose of maintaining law and order.

Secular Government: God ordains the government (Romans 13:1) to restrain evil and encourage good (Romans 13:3-4). Christians are to pray for its government leaders (1 Timothy 2:1-2), pay taxes (Romans 13:6-7), reverence the governmental leaders (Proverbs 24:21; 1 Samuel 24:6; 1 Peter 2:17) and obey the government laws (Romans 13:1-2, 13:5; Titus 3:1; 1 Peter 2:13-14) except those which conflict with the higher law of God (Acts 5:29; Daniel 3; Daniel 6).

Church and State: There is a distinction or separation of “church” and state (as opposed to God and state), with each having definite and distinct spheres of responsibility though both are appointed by God and are designed for good purposes (Matthew 22:21; Romans 13:1-7).  See related article: Intra-Church Disputes.

Lawsuits Between Believers: Per 1 Corinthians 6:1-8, a Christian ought not file a civil lawsuit against another believing Christian in a secular government law tribunal.  Instead, disputed issues ought be be arbitrated or decided by wise and knowledgeable Christians.  But, in the modern world, there appear to be situations that may be exceptions to the general rule.  See article: Christians and Lawsuits.

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