Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established (Rom 13:1b).The traditional interpretation of these verses says that we must submit to all political authorities, because there authority is from God. This a false syllogism. To see the twisted logic, look at the following sets of statements.
All authority is ordained by GodThis following example exaggerates the point.
Hitler has authority
Therefore Hitler is ordained by God, so we must submit to him.
All authority is ordained by GodThat is not true.
Satan has authority
Therefore Satan is ordained by God, so we must submit to him.
The correct logic is as follows.
All legitimate authority is from God.
Hitler and Satan are hostile to God
Therefore, the authority of Hitler and Satan is illegitimate.
The statement that all authority is ordained by God cannot be used as to legitimise any and every political authority.
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