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Authority of human institutions

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The exercise of God-established freedom to regulate society for the good of its members.

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Without authority sin is unrestrained

Romans 1:24–26 NKJV
Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature.
John 3:16 NKJV
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Do we answer to human authority?
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All human authorities are instituted and established by God

Romans 13:1–2 NIV
Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.
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Rulers are God’s servants to do good and restrain evil

Romans 13:4 NIV
For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.
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The proper response to human authorities

They are to be obeyed by everyone

Romans 13:1 NIV
Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.
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They are to be honoured and respected

Proverbs 24:21 NIV
Fear the Lord and the king, my son, and do not join with rebellious officials,
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They are not to be obeyed if their demands conflict with the law of God

Acts 4:19 NIV
But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges!
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They are to be prayed for

1 Timothy 2:1–2 NIV
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
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Christians are to use rights granted by the authorities

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