God’s plan always includes divine order. This is evident in His clear guidelines for the three institutions dearest to Him: marriage, government and the church. When His plan is implemented, there is peace and security. If ignored, strife and instability occur. With the drastic, but necessary measures being requested of us by our federal and state leaders, these answers will bring some clarity.
Q. Do Christians need to obey civil authorities?
A. Civil authorities come from God to establish peace and security. Our duty is to pray for them and the
difficult decisions they must make daily and allow our support to be a witness to the community.
Rm. 13:1, I Tim. 2:1-2, I Pt. 2:13
Q. How can we believe that “all authority comes from God,” when ungodly values and corruption are obvious?
A. Our Christian support is not towards a specific person, but rather the institution they represent. We are to pray for and support institutions which bring peace and health to our regions.
Q. Is there ever a scenario when civil disobedience is okay?
A. Yes! When government requires a behavior contrary to God’s Word, it’s time to speak up. Ex. 1:17, Dan. 3:18, Dan. 6:10, Acts 4:19, 5:29
Q. How can a ministry which believes in divine healing cancel services due to a sickness?
A. BMI’s decision to postpone ministry events is not based on fear. We are supporting our civil authorities’ attempt to control COVD-19 in the natural realm, while we, as believers, destroy this evil spirit of infirmity with our faith. II Cor. 10:4. Eph. 6:16
Q. What should believers be doing during this difficult season?
A. Resist fear and stand on God’s Word for protection and healing! Use social media platforms to build faith, follow the natural recommendations of hand washing and social distancing and enjoy your family.
God is with you and His faithfulness will carry you through.
“Everyone must submit to governing authorities, for all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.” Rom. 13:1 NLT
“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. I Tim. 2:1-2 NKJV
“Submit yourself for the Lord’s sake to every authority …” I Pt. 2:13