Fear of God Devotional: When There Is No Fear of God in Civil Leaders



What are the effects of a civil magistrate who has no fear of God?

Paul Thompson explains in this video that a civil magistrate who has no fear of God has no interest in the things of God. Those under his jurisdiction will reap the negative impact of being under that authority. This civil magistrate has no awareness of the sovereignty of God or of his authority and jurisdiction. An individual placed in authority ultimately accelerates their departure of the holiness of God.

God does work through the civil magistrate, but if that government has no acknowledgement of God’s provision and standards, they will act in an arrogant, independent manner and reach for more authority and more power than what is given them. The impact, in short, is disastrous. Instead of realizing that they are installed by God to bring peace and to biblically rule those under them, they push their own agenda, their own religion on those under their ever-increasing jurisdiction. God’s ways are right and good, but that is lost when man corrupts God’s original purpose for the civil magistrate.

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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