Episode 9: The American Mask Crisis, and How Romans 13 Does Not Prohibit Civil Disobedience. Part A

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In this episode, Jack jumps ahead of the plan for this podcast series, in order to face a serious crisis that many American Christians are struggling with. Many know that the facemask and lockdown orders are themselves unlawful decrees, yet they are afraid to disobey because they think that Romans 13 is telling them that this would be a sin. But that’s not what it’s saying, and Jack explains this meticulously starting in this episode, and finishing in Episode 11.

Show Notes

For your convenience, I have listed all the scriptures and quotations used in this episode below. The appear here in the same order they are mentioned in the episode. You may find it helpful to have this page open while you listen.

Jeremiah 8:4 ….’This is what the LORD says: “‘When people fall down, do they not get up?….

Jeremiah 8:4“You shall say to them, Thus says the Lord:
When men fall, do they not rise again?
    If one turns away, does he not return?
Why then has this people turned away
    in perpetual backsliding?
They hold fast to deceit;
    they refuse to return.
I have paid attention and listened,
    but they have not spoken rightly;
no man relents of his evil,
    saying, ‘What have I done?’
Everyone turns to his own course,
    like a horse plunging headlong into battle.
Even the stork in the heavens
    knows her times,
and the turtledove, swallow, and crane[a]
    keep the time of their coming,
but my people know not
    the rules[b] of the Lord.
“How can you say, ‘We are wise,
    and the law of the Lord is with us’?
But behold, the lying pen of the scribes
    has made it into a lie.

Proverbs 1:22 “How long will you who are simple love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge?

Hebrews 12:1 Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.

James 3:2 We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.

“In religion and politics people’s beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing.”
Mark Twain.  Autobiography.  1907

“To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason, … is like administering medicine to the dead….”   Thomas Paine.  The American Crisis.  1775.

“A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.”
Max Plank.   Scientific Autobiography and Other Papers.  Date unknown.

“The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of doubt, what is laid before him.”
Leo Tolstoy. The Kingdom of God is Within You. 1894.

Proverbs 18:13 To answer before listening– that is folly and shame.

Proverbs 12:1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid.

“The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the Government, and I’m here to help.”
Ronald Reagan

“We have the best government that money can buy!”
Mark Twain

“Be thankful we’re not getting all the government we’re paying for!”
Will Rogers

Romans 13:1 Obey the government, for God is the one who put it there. All governments have been placed in power by God. (TLB)

“The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the Higher Powers, and I’m here to help.”

“We have the best Higher Powers that money can buy!”

“Be thankful we’re not getting all the Higher Powers we’re paying for!

Psalm 8: what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
    human beings that you care for them?[c]
You have made them[d] a little lower than the angels

Ephesians 6:12 For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

John 12:31 Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out.

John 14:30 I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me,

John 16:11 concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

2 Corinthians 4:And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

Ephesians 2:1 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—

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