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Resistance to Tyrants: Romans 13 and the Christian Duty to Oppose Wicked Rulers (God and Government) - Softcover

 
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Hayek spoke of nations travelling a road to serfdom: This book points to the only real exit ramp.     If you're like most Evangelicals, you've been taught that Romans 13:1-7 gives you, the Christian citizen, a blanket duty to "render unto Caesar" an unqualified obedience. Modern teachings on the sticky relationship between God and government, church and state, seem to be little more than restatements of what any dictator would want you to believe. It hasn't always been that way within Christianity.      Does even an antichrist government have a right to command your meticulous fidelity? Did you sin against God when you broke the speed limit? Or is it possible that Thomas Jefferson got it right when he said, "Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God?"      American society is sliding into political ideologies like socialism and raw democracy. The Bill of Rights is under assault, both in the court of public opinion, and through nightmarish government maneuvers like domestic drones, NDAA indefinite detention, a Presidential "kill list," ever-increasing assaults on Second Amendment rights through gun control, and attacks on religious liberty inherent in Obamacare. It's more important than ever that those who claim to be sent into the world as salt and light have a solid foundation in Scripture.     And, let's be honest, the over-reaching big government bullies, the would-be icons of Orwell's Big Brother, could have no greater friends among the citizenry than supposedly Bible-believing pastors who urge their flocks to comply, and submit, and stand for nothing. But, thankfully, there is always a remnant that has not yet bowed the knee.     In this 79 page book, Christian pastor, author, and patriot, Gordan Runyan brings his conversational, often humorous style and characteristic clarity to bear on these issues. The reader will feel both challenged and encouraged to stand up for true liberty.      The first section of the book is a close examination of the controversial text of Romans 13:1-7, which many have used to teach unconditional obedience to tyrants and despots. Is that what it really says? This commentary on Romans may surprise you.      In the next section, common objections to the concept of resisting wicked government are answered. (e.g. Shouldn't we give Caesar what is Caesar's? Shouldn't Christians avoid entanglement in politics?)        Finally, "Resistance to Tyrants: Romans 13 and the Christian Duty to Oppose Wicked Rulers" concludes that Christian resistance ought to be recognizably Christian in nature. Not bloodthirsty, or vicious, etc. He gives some suggestions for Christians who want to fight wicked government in the here-and-now, which a lot of Romans 13 commentaries are content to avoid discussing. This book is a joyful volley against the walls of the God-hating establishment, from Happy Siege. Arm yourself with the truth of the Word of God. Join the Resistance.

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When you write a book like this you need to expect that not everyone is going to agree with your conclusions. Okay. That's between you and God. As my Grandma used to say, "I respect  your right to be wrong." What is more disconcerting than disagreement coming from all the usual, left-leaning suspects and their unwitting allies among the more right-leaning Statists, is the almost-agreement that comes from those who ought to know better. Nearly being on the same page with me is more irritating than flat-out hating what I'm advocating. The near-agreement crew assumes they're saying what I'm saying when they assert that Christians should obey even antichrist governments until they command us to do something sinful. Let's be clear about this: "Obey until they tell you to sin" is a reasonable guide for action when dealing with lawful government that is not in rebellion toward God. That's how you would go about dealing with good government! But government which usurps its authority and uses that sinfully-acquired power to work havoc among its people and defy the commandments of God cannot be recognized as a lawful authority in the first place, and therefore cannot demand the submission of its Christian citizens. That's really what Paul teaches in Romans 13:1-7. I know, I know. That's not what you've been taught that it says. And thus we come to the reason you ought to take an hour or so and read the book.
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Pastor Gordan Runyan has also written an examination of libertarian political philosophy called Seven Reasons Why Christian Patriots Should Give Libertarianism a 2nd Look; and a military action-adventure novel called Prowl, which draws upon his years of experience in the US Navy's nuclear submarine fleet.

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