Our sermon in church today was 1 Peter 2:13.
Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right.
The pastor explained how the government is put in control by God and “therefore” we must submit and obey. Like ALL sermons that I have listened to, there is no discussion. The congregation must submit to the pastor, reverend or minister. I will admit that I went to get up halfway through the sermon but my wife restrained me. I endured the rest of the sermon and left. Looking back, I should not have expected anything less. Our churches submit to the government’s policies on abortion (murder), homosexuality, immorality, gay marriage and its attack on Christianity.
If we are to submit to “government”, how does the church justify the United States? This country was founded on a revolution against the king of England. Should we submit to a government founded on an act against God? The English did not call our war the American Revolution. They called it the Presbyterian Revolt because the church was in the forefront of our fight for freedom with a firm reliance on divine Providence.
I know that war is coming. I know that God will guide my actions with Sacred honor. I also know that most of our churches have become little more than cowardly institutions supporting evil as in Nazi Germany. Matthew 4 was not considered in this lecture:
8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
Nor Ephesians 6:110-14:
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
Nor Luke 22:36:
He said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.
Why would Jesus tell his apostles to buy a sword if we are to submit? Are we to submit to ISIS as they decapitate priests for praying? I will defend my family and friends against tyranny and evil. I pray that our “churches” find discernment in the Word and not in mistranslations.
Below is a different analysis of 1 Peter 2:13 for your consideration.
It was Peter who uttered the words, “We must obey God rather than men!“1 to the Sanhedrin. Does he later tell us, in 1 Peter 2:13, to submit to secular governing authorities rather than God?
Read these two versions of the text.
“Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right. For such is the will of God … Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king.” (1 Peter 2:13-17 NASB2)
“Be ye subject therefore to every human creature for God’s sake: whether it be to the king as excelling; Or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of the good: For so is the will of God … Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.” (1 Peter 2:12-17 DRA3)
“Be subject, then, to every human creation, because of the Lord, whether to a king, as the highest…” (1 Peter 2:13 Young’s Literal Translation)¶
The first version seems to suggest we should submit to every human institution, while the second, an 1899 version, reads as though he is admonishing us to be submissive to every human creature alike and show them honour for God’s sake. What was Peter saying and to whom?