Smith, Gary Scott (ed.)
Government is a word that can bring forth frustration, exasperation and desperation-especially civil government. It constantly seeks to increase its power in every area and sphere of our lives. Romans 13 is often appealed to by those who allege the Christian is to give unquestioned obedience to the civil government. But, we must ask ourselves, is this what this text says?
This book, written in 1653 by Thomas Cobbett demonstrates, from Romans 13, that the magistrate is ordained by God and is to rule according to the rules of God and His Christ. He demonstrates that the Lord is Head of the Church and the civil government does not have the power, right, or authority to usurp his rule.