What we believe and teach
no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by
God. Therefore, for the Lord’s sake, we must be subject to the governing
authorities and keep the laws of the country where we live. Whoever resists
the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring
judgement on themselves. We must, therefore, respect the governing
authorities and be subject to them, no matter what political party they
belong to or what kind of religion they profess. And we must also pray for
all who are in authority, that God may save them, help them, keep them and
bless them together with their families. And let us thank God for the good
things done by the governing authorities.
called to disobey the governing authorities only when they command us to do
something which is contrary to the Word of God. In this case we must say the
same thing the apostles said before the Sanhedrin, which had commanded them
not to teach in the name of Jesus, that is to say, ‘We ought to obey God
rather than men’.