There is a blasphemous American doctrine that has taken over the world, the foolish and irreverent notion of an atheistic government. The so-called ‘separation of church and state’ is fine if it merely precludes one denomination from Christianity from using government to persecute fellow Christians, but it is warped and erroneous if it rejects the acknowledgement of the exclusive Lordship of Jesus Christ as supreme ruler over the nation’s government.
All the governments of this world must submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ!
“And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” - Revelation 19:16.
“But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.” - Hebrews 1:8.
Paul told Timothy:
“Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Tim 1:17.
“That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.” 1 Tim 6:14-16.
If a king is commanding evil, our civil disobedience is commanded:
“Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.” - Acts 5:29.
“By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment. … By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.” – Hebrews 11:23, 27.
“In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king kept the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me: And through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and escaped his hands.” - 2 Corinthians 11:32-33.
“And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also; Whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, one Jesus.” – Acts 17:6-7.
Kings who imagine themselves to be gods and won’t acknowledge the true God are to be destroyed:
“And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them. And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man. And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.” – Acts 12:20-23.
“But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.” – Luke 19:27.
In Jesus Christ is the headship of not just true religion, but also of all government and authority as well, and his Christians are to rule all nations:
“Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.” – Acts 5:31.
“And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” – Revelation 1:5-6.
“And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:” – Ephesians 2:6.
Jesus Christ is right now seated with all power and authority at the right hand of God the Father:
“Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.” – Ephesians 1:20-23.
Christians right now with the full authority of God command all men of all nations to the obedience of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ:
“For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:” – Colossians 2:9-10.
The command to is that all nations should obey Jesus Christ:
“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” – Matthew 28:18-20.
The pre-Christian era of allowing nations to do what they want in pagan ignorance has ended – they must all repent and serve Christ:
“And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:” – Acts 17:26.
“And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein: Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways.” – Acts 14:14-15.
“And the gospel must first be published among all nations.” – Mark 13:10.
All nations must receive and obey Jesus Christ:
“By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:” – Romans 1:5.
“Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.” Romans 16:25-27.
The nations have rejected that commandment to obey the Lord Jesus Christ due to their evil disobedience and they serve the devil in rebellion against God’s rightful King:
“Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:” - Ephesians 2:2.
“Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:” – Colossians 1:13.
Christians are to resist every evil disobedient nation that will not serve the Lord Jesus Christ, and we will reign over them with bludgeoning power at Christ’s return:
“But that which ye have already hold fast till I come. And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.” – Revelation 2:26-27.
“And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.” – Revelation 12:5.
Christians must join in fighting the spiritual battle that’s raging in the heavenly realms against the devil’s rule of influence over the governance of this planet:
“And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.” – Revelation 12:5-10.
“To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,” – Ephesians 3:10.
“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.” - Ephesians 6:12.
We fight that spiritual battle in prayer and preaching – and by not giving the devil a foothold of accusation over our lives by claiming the forgiveness of all sin by the blood of Jesus Christ:
“Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” Colossians 2:14-15.
Jesus won that victory at Mt. Calvary two thousand years ago:
“Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” - John 12:31-32.
“Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.” - John 16:11.
There is no rule, power, or authority – and therefore no king, judge, or officer – anywhere in all creation, that can disobey the command that they must serve and obey the Lord Jesus Christ:
“For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.” – Colossians 1:16-17.
The pomp and power of the kingdoms of this present evil world are in their death throes, but the eternal kingdom of Jesus Christ is even now being established that will last forever.
“Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.” 1 Corinthians 15:24-25.
The kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ does not consist of empty philosophy, vain words, and ‘mind over matter’ fantasy – it is a powerful reality:
“But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power. For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power. What will ye? shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love, and in the spirit of meekness?” – 1 Corinthians 4:19-21.
Christians are to obey rulers who command what is right because right commands originate from the throne of God. We must defer to the governance of carnal men in earthly matters – for they serve God whether they acknowledge it or not. But we are to preach the gospel to them commanding them that their office must serve and obey the Lord Jesus Christ, rendering to the Son of God all the glory and honour due his name.
In the name of Jesus Christ we have already won spiritually – and we will win physically.
“And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.” – Romans 16:20.
“For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” – 1 John 5:4.
“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:57.
I’ve selected all the verses above from the New Testament. There are many more verses in the Old Testament that also command all nations to serve the LORD (eg., Psalm 9:17; Psalm 72:11; Psalm 117:1; Psalm 86:9; Psalm 82:8; 2 Chronicles 36:23; Jeremiah 10:7; Daniel 7:27; Daniel 5:21; Jeremiah 10:10-11). The necessity for all nations to serve the LORD has not been dispensationally suspended for the church-age. In fact, that is why the church age ends and the tribulation period is sent against this world – to judge it in his wrath for its failure to turn to the obedience of Christ during the last 2,000 years of opportunity:
“And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.” – 2 Thessalonians 1:10.