Civil Government: What the Bible Says About Its Origin, History, Nature, and Role
by Andy Sochor, with contributions by Tim Haile
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Summary of Civil Government
In the beginning, during the time of the Patriarchs, no government existed but the rule of God directly over man. After the flood, men like Nimrod began placing themselves between God and man as they built their kingdoms and established their own authority.
Despite civil government’s origin and history being rooted in rebellion and arrogance against the Creator of man, God has found a use for it. He has ordained civil government for a purpose – to punish evildoers and protect the liberty and security of its people, so that they may be able to “lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity” (1 Timothy 2:2). When government progresses beyond its limited, God-ordained role, both history and Scripture warn that such action eventually becomes a threat to God’s people.
This material focuses on what the Scriptures teach about the origin, history, nature, and role of civil government, so that we as God’s people might heed the instructions and warnings contained in His word. The point of this is not to argue for or against any particular candidate or political party, but for Christians to remember to be loyal to God first and to be reluctant to call for government to expand its powers beyond the role which God ordained for it.
Chapter 1: God-Given Rights
Chapter 2: Government’s History of Taking Man’s Rights
Chapter 3: Origins of Civil Government: A Rejection of God’s Rule Over Man
Chapter 4: The Foundation for a Godly Society
Chapter 5: What God “Ordained” with Respect to Civil Government
Chapter 6: A Minister of God, or of Satan?
Chapter 7: The Perils of a Strong, Centralized Government
Chapter 8: Limitations of Civil Government
Chapter 9: Our Responsibility to Civil Authorities
Chapter 10: The Bible and Taxation
Chapter 11: Why Christians Should Vote
Chapter 12: Keeping Things in Perspective
Appendix: The Bible Against Socialism and Communism
To read excerpts from each chapter, click here.
Type: Paperback, perfect bound
Page count: 200 pages
Dimensions: 6″ x 9″