Romans 13

 

Romans 13:1
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.

This is quite a verse. Just about every church and ministry in history, as well as most governments, have used this verse to seduce Christians into conforming to their will to they can rob them of their freedom and their money. So who exactly are these higher powers we are to subject ourselves to? Before we subject ourselves to anyone, we must first know who these higher powers are.

Romans 13:1
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers [exousia]. For there is no power [exousia] but of God: the powers [exousia] that be are ordained [tassō] of God.

The Greek word tassō means to arrange, to appoint, to determine. God arranges, appoints and determines who these higher powers are, and we who make up God's church are to subject ourselves to them. So who are they? Is it the government? Ask yourself, are governments arranged, appointed and determined by God? Don't be ridiculous, it is the devil who controls all the kingdoms of the world, therefore God cannot be commanding us to subject ourselves to any government.

Luke 4:5-8
And the devil, taking him [Jesus] up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.

And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered [given] unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.

If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.

And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

There are distinctions here of course, as God does command us to submit to every ordinance of man, which means we don't break their laws. Submitting to governments by not breaking their laws is entirely different to subjecting ourselves to the higher powers. We render unto Caesar the things which are Caesars and unto God the things which are Gods.

1 Peter 2:13-15
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.

For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:

God also tells us to pray for government leaders so we can live quiet and peaceable lives.

1 Timothy 2:1,2
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

This kind of submission however is not subjecting ourselves to them. For example, we do not allow government to take our guns away from us so they can exterminate us. We do not allow government to turn our children into filthy homos and trannies. We do not allow government to poison our food and water so they can make us sick so they can make money from us. Distinctions!

If these higher powers are not the government, are they the leadership of some church or ministry or religious organisation constructed by men? No, a thousand times no. Christ is the head of the church. How we walk with Christ as our head is to walk by the spirit, by the Christ in us, not by the counsel of men.

Are these higher powers our home church leaders? That's a good question, but in all my years of research and teaching I don't see God dishing out any special spiritual powers to home church leaders anywhere in the bible. We know that this higher power can't simply be the gift of holy spirit because we all have that, so it must be something else.

So what is this higher power then? Power is the Greek word exousia, which means exercised power, and it's referring to spiritual power. God arranges, appoints and determines that certain individuals within his church are given spiritual power which they have the authority to exercise within the church and to whom we in the church are to subject ourselves. This power must be something over and above the gift of holy spirit because we all have that. So what other spiritual power does God give? Let's not guess, because the word tells us.

Ephesians 4:8,11,12
Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

Here in Ephesians, who the gift ministries are given to and their purpose is clearly explained in language anyone can understand. These gift ministries are arranged, appointed and determined by God, and these are the higher spiritual powers to which we in the church are to subject ourselves. It isn't any government, it isn't the leaders of any religious ministry, church or organisation, and it isn't your home church leaders, it is the gift ministries. The bible is easy to understand once you scrub all the religious horseshit from your head.

Romans 13:1,2
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 [opposes] the power [exousia], resisteth the ordinance [diatagē- arrangement] of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation [condemnation].

Reverends are not the gift ministries. Reverends and priests are promoted by men to help prop up their particular brand of religious horseshit. The gift ministries operate at the home church level and these apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers are easily recognisable to anyone with ears to hear and eyes to see. Oppose them at your peril, because God places them in the body where it pleases him and we are to subject ourselves to them. For example, if God has given a prophet a green light to confront you, you had better shut up and listen because he is trying to help you.

Romans 13:3,4
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.

These rulers are the higher powers, the gift ministries, and if we live the word there is nothing to fear from them. Think of the church of God as a family rather than some shithole church or ministry and this will all make sense. Our earthly fathers were not men to fear when we were kids were they? Not unless we got into trouble, of course. When I was 11 years old I used a brick to smash all the dials on a bulldozer parked on a construction site at Repulse Bay in Hong Kong. I was seen and tried to run away but was caught by a Chinese man. Although I didn't fear my dad, I feared him that day when I went home in a police car. The church of God is a family and the gift ministries are there to look after us and keep us out of trouble.

Romans 13:5,6
Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.

For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.

We already know that God's money is to be kept and used at the home church level, and now we also know that the gift ministries are to be supported from that money. Temples made with hands masquerading as Christian churches and ministries use these verses to teach you to send all your money to them, but as the love of money is the root of all evil that's not surprising. You home church leaders, the money you are responsible for is to be used to support the gift ministries as they do God's work. You don't send ALL God's money to them, you merely support them as God works within you to will and to do of his good pleasure. This is not difficult to understand, but to see it you will have to walk by the spirit with Christ as your head, and not by the direction and counsel of men.

Romans 13:7,8
Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.

Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

To owe no man anything means to owe no man anything. I don't owe a single penny to anyone on planet earth. I have no debt, no loans, no overdrafts, no credit card debt, and all my bills are paid on time. It wasn't always so, and I had to fight for years to get out of debt, but everything I now own is paid for. I budget my money monthly, allocate money to savings such as running my car, and keep a yearly spreadsheet. I can account for every penny I have made and spent for the last 10 years. I owe no man anything.

If you are in debt and struggling financially, learn this truth well because it isn't difficult to live this way. Work out your expenses every month and make them fit your income. If they don't, make them fit. Get in control of your money. What you have coming in must be more than what you have going out. If your expenses don't fit your budget, change what you are spending money on. For example, it costs me around 1000 GBP a year to tax, insure and MOT my car. The fuel comes out of my monthy budget, and I also put 100 GBP a month into my car fund so I always have the money to pay the bills to keep the car on the road. As another example, I usually need to replace my computer every 4-5 years. To cover this I transfer 30 GBP into my savings every month. I budget for everything, including clothes, council tax, dentist, and a few other things. I make my expenses fit my budget, and I always have the money to pay my bills on time. I live within my means and owe no man anything. If I don't have the money for something I think I need, I save up for it or do without.

To illustrate here is one recent example from my life. A few years back I hit financial troubles and didn't know what to do. I had money left for around 6 months or so and after that I knew I would be in serious trouble. I prayed about it of course, but as time went by the pressure grew until I began to lose sleep over it. I just couldn't make my budget fit and my savings were being eaten away. I knew a few scriptures by heart such as Philippians 4:19 and 1 Corinthians 10:13 and often quoted them to myself, but to no avail. The pressure continued to grow as my money dwindled.

Philippians 4:19
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 

1 Corinthains 10:13
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer [allow] you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

With the temptation can be understood as in close proximity with the temptation. What this means is that along with every challenge in life, God will provide a way to escape that will not be far away. When the children of Israel looked for a way to escape Pharaoh's army on the shores of the Red Sea, their escape route was right beside their feet. If we believe God and look for the ways to escape when we need them, they will be there. It doesn't matter if there is an ocean in the way. God can even part the sea if that's what it takes.

So there I was one evening, my money almost gone, and the pressure was unbearable. The way to escape would always be there and it would be right beside my feet? So why couldn't I see it? My head in my hands, I stared at the floor. Where was my way to escape? The pressure made my head throb. Then a funny thing happened. The floor between my feet gradually came into focus until it was all I could see. What on earth was God showing me? Then I realised I was looking at my way to escape. It was right under my feet!

The next day I put the house on the market and applied to a local housing agency to rent a house. About a month later I had a phone call from the estate agent telling me the house had sold. Ten minutes later, just TEN MINUTES later, I had a call from the housing agency offering me a one bedroomed house. By the way, this rented house I now live in is the best house I've ever had in my life and I absolutely love it to bits. I owe no man anything, and I'm enjoying the best years of my life. Whatever it takes, get in control of your money and owe no man anything.

Romans 13:8-10
Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Jesus Christ also taught this truth about loving your neighbour and it would be worth looking at it.

Matthew 22:37-40
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

This is the first and great commandment.

And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

What did Paul mean when he said loving your neighbour was fulfilling the law? Simple, if you love someone you don't need to be told not to steal from them because you wouldn't do it. If you love your neighbour, you don't need to be told to quit murdering your brothers and sisters in Christ. You don't need to be told to stop shagging other men's wives. You don't need to be told to stop lying about people in court to have them wrongly convicted. If you love people, you just don't do these things. If everyone loved their neighbour as themselves there would be no requirement for law.

Romans 13:11-14
And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.

The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.

But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof:


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