~ 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. 2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
3 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: 4 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. 5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. 7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.
This is what happens when an atheist with no biblical understanding tries to interpret scripture. The verse just before the reference of the 'higher powers', that is governments, to 'the minister of God' makes clear the context...to would be lawbreakers, governments...are allowed by god to maintain a measure of law and order in the absence of the state being a theocratic one...
However the obvious caveat in this scripture...is if one is dwelling under a state that is NOT DOING GOOD the christian is under no divine compulsion whatsoever to be obedient to such a state.
This is what happens when someone ignorant of linguistics does not know how the 3rd person causative is used in hebrew and greek...scriptures often speak about god ALLOWING something to happen as if he is the CAUSE of it taking place...ALL IN THE CAUSATIVE VOICE. In this scripture...the bible speaks of god allowing the existence of 'superior authorities' as if HE IS THE ONE WHO PLACED THEM THERE.
The God-appointed ruler "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."
Hitler and Mussolini resisted godly rule, and God appointed godly rulers to defeat them, as He had warned in this passage.
Man does not have an independent right to declare what is "good" or "evil." God has declared those for us.
All powers are invested by God, "the powers that be" refers to the few that are God-ordained because they enforce justice. The *other* powers are being used in violation of God's standards of justice and are therefore the ones who "resisteth." That means they use power (which was entrusted to any creature by God) in sin instead of righteousness.
So, what you are saying is that a certain amount of someone else's money is your money "the peoples' money" and if they don't pay up, somehow that means you are "paying for them." Interesting.
...you have been admonished by Paul and by Christ to pay your taxes.
lol Wait! What!?!? I can see you are a trained Alinskyite, "make them live up to their rule book!!!!" Sorry, but I'll be happy to read the part where it says our income and resources are actually the left's. Could you share with me that verse?