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).
is a distinction or separation of “church” and
state (as opposed to God and state), with each having definite and
spheres of responsibility though both are appointed by God and are
good purposes (Matthew
See related article: Intra-Church
Lawsuits Between Believers:
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
situations that may be exceptions to the general rule. See