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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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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.

All human authorities are instituted and established by God

Romans 13:1–2 NKJV
Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.
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God may delegate his authority to human beings

Romans 13:4 NKJV
For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.
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People are created in God’s image

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NKJVThis is the book of the genealogy of Adam. In the day that God created man, He made him in the likeness of God.

The proper response to human authorities

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They are to be obeyed by everyone

Romans 13:1 NKJV
Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.
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They are to be honoured and respected

Proverbs 24:21 NKJV
My son, fear the Lord and the king; Do not associate with those given to change;
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They are not to be obeyed if their demands conflict with the law of God

Acts 4:19 NKJV
But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge.
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They are to be prayed for

1 Timothy 2:1–2 NKJV
Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.
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Christians are to use rights granted by the authorities

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