Civil Government: What the Bible Says About Its Origin, History, Nature, and Role


Written by Andy Sochor and Tim Haile

This book examines what the Bible says about the limited role that God has given to civil authorities and the dangers that exist when leaders expand their powers beyond what God has ordained.

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In the beginning, during the time of the Patriarchs, no government existed but the rule of God directly over man. After the flood, men like Nimrod began placing themselves between God and man as they built their kingdoms and established their own authority.

Despite civil government’s origin and history being rooted in rebellion and arrogance against the Creator of man, God has found a use for it. He has ordained civil government for a purpose – to punish evildoers and protect the liberty and security of its people, so that they may be able to “lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity” (1 Timothy 2:2). When government progresses beyond its limited, God-ordained role, both history and Scripture warn that such action eventually becomes a threat to God’s people.

This material focuses on what the Scriptures teach about the origin, history, nature, and role of civil government, so that we as God’s people might heed the instructions and warnings contained in His word. The point of this is not to argue for or against any particular candidate or political party, but for Christians to remember to be loyal to God first and to be reluctant to call for government to expand its powers beyond the role which God ordained for it.

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Additional Information:

Type: Paperback, perfect bound
Page count: 200 pages
Dimensions: 6″ x 9″
ISBN: 978-0-9831046-4-3


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