Queries about Civil Authority and the Christian’s Responsibility

Paul's Epistle to the Romans[The following are comments by Isaiah Boone Grubbs on Romans 13:1-7.]

1. How are the authorities that exist ordained of God?

The context shows that Paul has reference to the principles of government, no matter what the form may be. Government founded upon principles of right and eternal truth. If there were only one true form, we, as Christians, could live only under that form. We must conform ourselves to the principles of justice and equity no matter what the form of the government under which we live may be.

2. What is the limit of our obedience and subjection to the civil authorities? See Acts 5:28-29 and Daniel 6:7-10.

Wherever Civil Law conflicts with religious duties, the Christian ought to disobey it regardless of consequences. When the apostles were forbidden to teach in the name of Jesus, they paid no heed to the prohibition but filled Jerusalem with the doctrine of Christ, and when they were brought before the authorities to give an account of such violation, “Peter, and the apostles answered and said, We must obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:28-29). When there was established a royal statute under king Darius that for thirty days no one “shall ask a petition of any god or man” save of Darius; “and when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, (by the king) he went into his house (now his windows were open in his chamber toward Jerusalem); and he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime”—thus ignoring the decree of king Darius. His miraculous deliverance from the den of lions should encourage every Christian to ignore all laws that conflict with Divine Law.

3. How is the civil ruler a “minister of God to thee for good”?

Paul is not talking about men who pervert their offices, but those who enforce justice. If a ruler does not perform his duty he is disobeying civil authority and divine justice.

4. To what state of things do these instructions apply?

Wherever there is a settled form of Government. They would not apply in a state of revolution.


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NEW RELEASE: Exegetical Analysis of the Epistles

We would like to announce our newest title – Exegetical Analysis of the Epistles: Notes on First and Second Corinthians, Galatians, and Hebrews by Isaiah Boone Grubbs – is now available.

Exegetical Analysis of the Epistles (cover)Isaiah Boone Grubbs (1833-1912) was a gospel preacher and served briefly as editor of the Apostolic Times. He is best remembered for his work as a professor of the College of the Bible in Lexington, KY where he worked with J. W. McGarvey and others.

Grubbs’ Exegetical Analysis of the Epistles, containing his notes on First and Second Corinthians and Galatians, was published in 1893. The notes on Hebrews were taken from his class at the College of the Bible in 1891 and 1892. All of these have been collected in a single volume in this book.

The introduction also contains an in-depth discussion about Biblical hermeneutics which will be beneficial to every Bible student.

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NEW RELEASE: The Church of Christ

We would like to announce our newest title – The Church of Christ by Tolbert Fanning – is now available.

The Church of Christ (cover)Tolbert Fanning (1810-1874) was one of the early figures in the Restoration Movement and had a strong impact on brethren in the South. He began preaching early in his life and at one point traveled with Alexander Campbell, preaching through Ohio, Canada, and New England. He established Franklin College near Nashville and co-founded the Gospel Advocate, a journal that continues to be published today.

In The Church of Christ, Fanning addressed the issue of “church polity,” including the views among the denominations regarding their chosen form of church government. He articulated his view of the role of preachers and elders in the church today. His thought-provoking explanation of the organization of the church provides us with an opportunity to search the Scriptures and examine our understanding on this subject.

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Material by Luci Partain Now Available in Digital Format

Books by Luci Partain now available in digital format

Earlier this month we announced the first batch of materials to be made available in digital format. Today we are happy to announce that the three books we have published by Luci Partain are now available digitally as well.

  1. Competing Worldviews: A Collection of Essays Contrasting the Biblical and Humanistic Worldviews – ten essays discussing the difference between a Biblical and humanistic worldview and why we should choose to adopt a Biblical worldview.
  2. A House Built by God: A Collection of Essays Discussing the Biblical Teaching about the Home – eleven essays discussing the home as God designed it, including the roles of husbands and wives, in contrast with the popularly held views of our godless culture.
  3. Be Still My Soul: A Collection of Essays about Finding Hope and Encouragement in the Face of Suffering and Trials – twenty-four essays that deal with the problem of suffering, trials, and discouragement in order to help Christians find hope and encouragement.

For each one of these books, you can get either a Single User license or a Congregational Use license, depending on your needs. The Single User license allows you to store and use the file on any of your personal devices or print the material for personal use. The Congregational Use license allows a congregation (or other study group) to share the digital file with its members and make multiple printed copies for use in class, making it a great option for Bible classes and other groups.

Also, we are working on a fourth book by Luci Partain that should be available in early summer in both print and digital formats. Stay tuned for more information about that.

NEW RELEASE: A Woman of Worth

We are happy to announce that our newest book – A Woman of Worth: A Study of Proverbs 31 by Nancy L. Thomas – is now available!

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Within this workbook is a 3 month (13 week) in-depth, bible study that depicts the life and values of a godly/virtuous woman. Her focus is on her family and their well-being, an attitude that is becoming more of a rarity in this present time where women are urged to do their own thing – and put their careers first. The author of this study has brought the ancient verbiage and expectations of God into up-to-date terms and techniques that are easy to understand. However, the beauty of God’s language remains ever visible in the book of Proverbs from where this study originated.

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