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TWO COMMON CHRISTIAN MISCONCEPTIONS ON GOVERNMENT

The first misconception among Christians of all sects is that Romans 13 requires them to obey all government edicts and that resisting government is the same as resisting God.


The second misconception is that the 12th Article of Faith gives a similar idea.


 

In this special presentation, Defending Utah is joined by Constitutional scholars to discuss the historical and practical application of this idea.

After watching this video, you’re very likely to see the 12th article of faith and Romans 13 different than you’ve ever seen them.

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9 Responses

  1. Wow that was stupid! God has a prophet on the earth we follow the laws of the land until the prophet tells us otherwise. If we become known as law breakers then our mission, the gathering of Israel will be frustrated.

    1. What terrible logic. If gathering Israel is a mission given by God then nothing men think or do can frustrate it. Unless of course you worship a god so small and petty that he can be controlled by men.

      God has told us that if we have to be commanded in everything then we are lazy and slothful servants, good for nothing. Expecting others to tell you what to think doesn’t make you a Latter-day Saint or a Christian. It makes you gum beneath a jackboot.

    2. so how does RMN compare with Paul before King Agrippa or Abinadi before King Noah? “Wise and thoughtful leaders” just does not resonate with me as an inspiring gospel story.

  2. Do you have transcripts for this video? I would really appreciate it if I could get them. I was asked to give a talk in church and I am thinking of teaching about this.

    1. We do not have transcripts readily available. We would have to create them by listening and typing it out, so our best recommendation is for you to do the same with the section you’re interested in.

  3. I don’t see how governments, which are scams to give an oligarchy the supposed “right” to plunder and murder and commit whoredoms however much they wish and pay no price, could be ordained of God.

    Governments pretend to have the consent of the governed or the best interests of the governed in mind. They always claim this, but it’s never true. You’re never allowed to not consent, so government is slavery. Do what they say or get jailed or shot.

    Latter-day Saints simultaneously believe the Founding Fathers were inspired to rebel against their government and over throw it, but nowadays we must be completely obedient and subservient (i.e. be enslaved) to a much worse government.

    Somehow Christians need to reconcile this contradictory belief – (1) The Founding Fathers were righteous to rebel and kill their wicked rulers, (2) we much obey and not rebel against even more wicked rulers.

    1. You’re right that all governments of the world today, have claimed this tyrannical authority; there’s a history behind how that came to be. Despite this, there was a small window in history where the United States established a government that did not have authority over the people, but instead represented the people in actually defending the rights of the people instead of destroying them. The beliefs that you say which need to be reconciled are in conflict with Christians and Latter-day saints because they have not properly studied their own scriptures on these subjects nor have they properly studied the founding fathers. This is why this film, and others we’ve created, exist, to help dispel one of the problems that is a stumbling block for so many. This is also why we created the liberty boot camp (on the learn section of this website), to start people on the path to understanding the “Original Intent” of the founding fathers. Correct education is the key to destroying this ignorance among the people.

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