John MacArthur shuts down their church in submission to the Governor; Jack Hibbs resists, keeping their church open – Podcast 22 😒❗😪👍✔

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In this episode, I talk about the two extreme views of Romans 13:1-5, where I stand, and when the F.B.I. subpoenaed me, and grilled me for my beliefs of Romans 13. I talk about pastor John MacArthur closing their church in submission to the Governor, and how pastor Jack Hibbs resisted that request, keeping his church open. How Christians should look forward to death. That we ought to rejoice and be thankful for the viruses mentioned in Matthew 24. And what about the toilet paper scare.

Below are the quotes I read on Romans 13:1&2.

The London Baptist Confession of Faith says,

Civil magistrates being set up by God for the ends aforesaid; subjection, in all lawful things commanded by them, ought to be yielded by us in the Lord, not only for wrath, but for conscience’ sake; and we ought to make supplications and prayers for kings and all that are in authority, that under them we may live a quiet and peaceable life, in all godliness and honesty.” (4 Rom. 13:5-7; 1 Pet. 2:17, 5 1 Tim. 2:1,2). – Chapter 24:3

My Believers Bible Commentary says,

“There is an exception of course. A Christian is not required to obey if the government orders him to sin or to compromise his loyalty to Jesus Christ (Acts 5:29). No government has the right to command a person’s conscience. So there are times when a believer must, by obeying God, incur the wrath of man. In such cases he must be prepared to pay the penalty without undue complaint. Under no circumstances should he rebel against the government or join in an attempt to overthrow it.”

Charles Hodge said,

“Whenever obedience to man is inconsistent with obedience to God, then disobedience becomes a duty.”

Augustine said,

“But as far as the spiritual side is concerned, in which we believe in God and are called into his kingdom, it is not right for us to be subject to any man who seeks to overturn in us the very thing which God has been pleased to grant us so that we might obtain eternal life… Likewise, if anyone thinks that he ought to submit to the point where he accepts that someone who is his superior in temporal affairs should have authority even over his faith, he falls into an even greater err.”

John Murray said,

“There are many questions which arise in actual practice with which Paul does not deal. In these verses there are no expressed qualification or reservations to the duty of subjection. It is, however, characteristic of the apostle to be absolute in his terms when dealing with a particular obligation. At the same time, on the analogy of his own teaching elsewhere or on the analogy of Scripture, we are compelled to take account of exceptions to the absolute terms in which an obligation is affirmed. It must be so in this instance. We cannot but believe that he would have endorsed and practiced the word of Peter and other apostles: “We must obey God rather than man” (Acts 5:29; cf. 4:19,20). The magistrate is not infallible nor is he the agent of perfect rectitude. When there is conflict between the requirements of men and the commands of God, then the word of Peter must take effect…. The apostle is not writing an essay on casuistical theology but setting forth the cardinal principles regulating the behavior of Christians.”

UPDATE 03/19/20: As things unfold, here is a followup article I wrote 3 days after this Podcast.

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