Jul 10, 2011

69 Is it right to smuggle Bibles

Is it right or wrong to smuggle Bibles into China today?

Apparently it’s the wrong thing since God establishes authorities on earth, and Christians are called on to obey the authorites thoroughly

Romans 13: 1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 4 For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience. 

Recap: Today there are missionaries who smuggle Bibles across borders, defying the laws of the foreign country. But are they right-doers according to Romans?

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