Bible & Government IV: The American Revolution

I remember the first time I heard America’s Founding Fathers criticized in the church because they rebelled against government.

The thinking goes like this: In Romans 13, Paul mandates obedience to government. Our Founding Fathers ignored this mandate and rebelled against England. Therefore, our Founding Fathers are (at best) open to criticism for rebelling against government. At worst, the American nation can be dismissed as the bastardized seed of sin. I’m sorry, but this thinking is the result of laziness and refusal to search the scriptures.

In Parts I, II, and III of this series, I showed that all that glitters is not gold when it comes to what the Bible supposedly says about submission to government. The same old, tired, stale, inaccurate teaching about blind submission to government dominates American Christianity. It is time we search the scriptures and think for ourselves.

That brings me to the topic of this post– the American Revolution. Was the American Revolution honoring toward God, or rebellious toward God? Two questions are crucial in this investigation:

  1. Can revolution be supported by scripture?
  2. Did the nation resulting from the American Revolution reflect a Godly design?

Can revolution be supported by Scripture?

The answer to this is a resounding, “yes.” When Antiochus Epiphanes IV (a foreshadowing of the Antichrist) invaded Israel, not all Israelites simply submitted to the new government he imposed upon them. Yet to hear the way Romans 13 is taught in the American Church, the Israelites should have lined up to offer ole’ Antiochus a bouqet of roses and all their income as tribute. But that is not what happened. As it turns out, there were some very tough (and very Biblically literate) Jewish boys who refused to submit to Antiochus. In fact, they fought him, and they actually won.

“His [Antiochus Epiphanes IV] armed forces will rise up to desecrate the temple fortress and will abolish the daily sacrifice. Then they will set up the abomination that causes desolation. With flattery he will corrupt those who have violated the covenant, but the people who know their God will firmly resist him. ~ Daniel 11:31-32

Wait a minute! God refers to these rebels as “people who know their God”??? God must have made a mistake! We know from American Bible teachers that we are to submit to government, not rebel. Doesn’t God know that he should have consulted with America’s Bible teachers before he had Daniel write those words???

By the way, am I concerned that Leftists will exploit this verse to call for revolution? No, not at all. Leftists call for revolution constantly without any help from the Bible.

Leftist Revolutionaries

by alwaysproventrue.com

The word “revolution” is inseparable from Leftism. Leftists like Che Guevara, Mao, Trotsky, et al, need the word “revolution” because of its violent connotation. Without violence, Leftists can’t feed their greed. When you refuse to work for a living, you must use violence to steal from those who do. Leftists need not invoke the Bible. Leftists need only invoke greed and violence: “give us free stuff, or we’ll burn things down.” For the Left, the word “revolution” is like a loaded a gun. They point it at people, and people give them free stuff. Leftism is one big stickup.

No, it’s not Leftists I’m addressing with this post. I’m addressing those hard-working, tax-paying, God-fearing, Bible-believing Christians whose pastors use a lazy interpretation of Romans 13 to hypnotize their congregations into blind obedience to Satanic governments. We are not to submit to every new evil our ruling class imposes upon us. The message from today’s American pulpits is opposite what is was in the days leading up to the American Revolution. Back then, pastors recognized the evil into which human government inevitably metastasizes. Unlike Leftist revolutionaries, those colonial American preachers did not want free stuff. In fact, they wanted to be given nothing (the opposite of what Leftists want to be given, which is everything). Those preachers wanted only to be left alone to worship the God of the Bible in word and deed, and the fiery sermons they delivered from American pulpits inspired the revolution which achieved that goal.

Again, Godly revolution is in the Bible!!!

His [Antiochus Epiphanes IV] armed forces will rise up to desecrate the temple fortress and will abolish the daily sacrifice. Then they will set up the abomination that causes desolation. With flattery he will corrupt those who have violated the covenant, but the people who know their God will firmly resist him. ~ Daniel 11:31-32

Did the nation resulting from the American Revolution reflect a Godly design?

The nation resulting from the American Revolution not only reflected a Godly design, it reflected a Godly design so intricately woven, tightly knotted, and ingeniously engineered, that Satan (in the form of Leftists and Islamists) has been trying his hardest for over two hundred years to tear apart America’s fabric and has still not been able to do it. Because Satan (as demonstrated by Nimrod at Babel, and by Leftists and Islamists today) always consolidates power in a central government, God designed America opposite of this. God designed America with its power divided among three separate branches, and fifty separate states. By this design, God tied America in a very tight, very complex, very hard-to-unravel knot. God built America to resist the inevitable worldly pull toward centralized government, and despite over two centuries of trying, Satan has not succeeded in centralizing American power.

God not only designed America as very de-centralized, he designed it as very Christian. As I mentioned earlier, the American Revolution was inspired by the zealous sermons roaring from America’s Protestant pulpits. Our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution were designed to resist the inevitable Satanic consolidation of power, and the inevitable Satanic curtailment of the freedoms necessary to worship the God of the Bible in word and deed. The Bible was the very foundation of America. Our Congress formerly began legislative sessions with long periods of prayer. Our Ivy League universities began as Christian seminaries. George Washington’s Continental Army won impossible victory after impossible victory over a superpower, the British military, in battles so riveting and obviously providential that they are rivaled only by the impossible victories won by the Israeli military in Bible times and today. The prayers of our Founding Fathers boldly proclaimed the name of Jesus Christ.

Increase my faith in the sweet promises of the gospel… teach me how to live in thy fear… frame me more and more into the likeness of thy son Jesus Christ...

~ From George Washington’s Prayer Journal

Almighty God, Who has given us this good land for our heritage…Bless our land with honorable ministry… In time of prosperity fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in Thee to fail; all of which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

~ Thomas Jefferson

Despite this deep Christian heritage, America had her sins. As I stated in Part II of this series, no government in this fallen world will be 100% inspired by God. There will always be demonic influences. In America’s case, the most obvious sin was slavery. The Apostle Paul makes clear that slavery is pure evil.

We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. We also know that law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious; for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, for adulterers and perverts, for slave traders and liars and perjurers — and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine that conforms to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me. ~ 1 Timothy 1:8-11

In 1854, the Republican Party was created by Northern Protestants to fight slavery. Just a decade later, it succeeded by defeating the Democrats in the Civil War. This is yet another example of Godly people not just sitting by and handing government completely over to Satan just because his disciples pull guns and throw a temper tantrum (in this case in the form of Southern secession). Thank God the Republicans, lead by Abraham Lincoln, won the Civil War! Today’s watered-down Republican Party, ever cowing and bowing to the Left, can take a few lessons from those early Republicans.

In closing, revolution by Godly people against Satanic government is supported by Scripture; and the nation resulting from the American Revolution does indeed reflect a Godly design. Don’t be so quick to give away all your rights under the banner of obeying Romans 13. Read Romans 13 in the light of Scripture. Let the Bible interpret the Bible, and you’ll see the American Revolution the way the great American patriots saw it, the way God designed it.

The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected, in one indissoluble bond, the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.

~ John Adams

8 replies »

  1. Thank you so much on your articles I have been coming to these conclusions for 3 months now and you have just proven and backed up what I had begun to reason for myself. God bless you and May truth reign supreme throughout this land

    • Thank you so much! I’m thrilled that you are coming to these same conclusions through your own reasoning. “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord…” ~ Isaiah 1:18. God bless you too!

  2. Sorry, you’re not on solid Biblical ground here at all.

    Besides dismissing the clear language of Romans 13:1-8 (which many in Dominion Theology have to do in order to promote their unbiblical idea of Kingdom Now), there is also the clear language of 1 Peter 2:13-14:

    “Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.”

    The entire book of 1 Peter is to the church which was under tremendous persecution at the time by Rome. Peter’s directions to those persecuted? Obey the powers that be. Granted, this is not advice that most Americans–even American Christians–want to hear. We don’t want to wait on God to avenge us–we’ll do it ourselves!

    There’s also Hebrews 13:17

    “Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.”

    Oh, and Titus 3:1

    “Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, ”

    Against all of these very clear biblical directions to submit and obey authority, there is NO scripture supporting rebellion. To believe so, one would have to believe that the Bible contradicts itself–and you don’t strike me as that type of Christian.

    Romans 13:2 is EXTREMELY clear.

    “Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.”

    “Damnation.” That’s a hard one to explain away when the rebel spirit has us in an uproar. So, most don’t try to explain it away. They just ignore it–as they do all of the many verses in the Bible commanding us to submit to civil authority.

    And who wants to submit? That’s no fun!

    And it won’t do to dismiss all of these verses and plead “tyranny!” as a defense. 1 Timothy 6:1-5 is not only about how SLAVES are to OBEY their masters, but what Paul thinks of anyone who teaches a slave contrary doctrine.

    “Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed. And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort. If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.”

    So if any man teaches contrarily, we are to shun him. Elsewhere, we are told to “mark” false teachers.

    You use 1 Timothy 1:8-11 in an attempt to support our rebellious ancestors, but look closely at who else Paul is saying is evil: the law is made for lawbreakers and REBELS… Yes, Paul had no love for the Slave TRADERS. There is no such condemnation of the slave OWNER in the Bible.

    You also quote Thomas Jefferson?

    Seriously. You quote a man who took a razor blade to his Bible and cut out every mention of any miracles of Jesus, His resurrection and His birth? The “Jefferson Bible” is on display at the Smithsonian Institute. A wonderful icon of our “Christian” heritage.

    To celebrate the first 100 years of independence, the Christian Union published a list of the first 19 presidents. It’s conclusion? Only one MAY have been a Christian (not claimed to be a Christian; politicians will say anything. Ask our current “Christian” president, Mr. Obama.).

    Contrary to popular, but completely wrong, teachings: America was not founded as a Christian nation. There is not one mention of Jesus in any founding document. And the opportunity to include Jesus Christ in our constitution was repeatedly and decisively voted down. Yes, much of the population was Christian (some estimates say 90% were Protestants at the time of the revolution), but the leadership, almost to a man, was not–regardless of what revisionist historians have tried to portray. There is simply too much evidence down on paper to overlook or dismiss.

    Oh to be sure: our rebellion was not biblical. And we made sure that God knew that. The US constitution based our government, NOT ON GOD, as the European countries were, but on We the People. In fact we wrote it LARGE at the top so that there would be no mistake. Oh we were certainly revolutionary.

    One can teach revolution.

    But any attempt to give such a teaching Biblical authority, would have to twist scripture and get it to jump through hoops in order to make it perform that way.

    You’ll have to excuse the length. I did not originally intend such a missive. I rarely do comments. But this is such an important topic for the times in which we live–and you do some good work here. I REALLY like what you found in Ezekiel 39:8. (‘in Israel’) There are not many who take the time to go against the flow of the Modern American Prophecy Industry and their deceptive teachings.

    Ezekiel 39:8 was a grand discovery! I don’t believe I’ve ever seen it anywhere else. That’s the only time in scripture that “Holy One in Israel” is used. That is really a good piece of work. Even if you didn’t discover it, you publicized it.

    There is so much deception is these last days, it’s smothering. And deception covers this topic of the American revolution like almost no other.

    It’s a very important one for the one-world religion and government guys.

    It’s crucial to separate the flag from the Bible. I had a difficult time doing it, but once you do, you’ll find a lot of pieces will fall into place.

    Just my speculation, but one will be either an American or a Christian: the time for being both is nearly at an end. It’s clear that they will force a choice. Oh, one can be an American and a part of their Dominion church. But blood-bought Bible-believers will be “purged” or “cleansed” (as they put it).

    Keep up the good work and may God bless.

  3. JeremiahJames2013,

    I sincerely thank you for the detail you included to back up your premise. It is very easy within the church to find these kinds of informed and passionate conversations about football, motorcycles, barbeque grills, and golf, but very difficult to find them about the Bible. So thanks again.

    While your point is well taken, I must still respectfully disagree. To suggest that the apostles advocated obedience to government even when the will of government contradicted the Word of God is incorrect. The apostles lived and wrote under the heavy presence of the Roman empire. For them to put into words the slightest suggestion that the people disobey civil government would mean doom to the burgeoning Christian movement should the letter be intercepted by the Romans. So they simply did as Jesus commanded– that is, they were shrewd as snakes and innocent as doves. They wrote letters that would be construed by Roman officials as advocating blind obedience to Rome. Yet, the letters would be understood by their intended audience (Christians) to convey a very different message. This was genius. Look at how one of these letters would translate to modern times:

    For rulers hold no terror for those who do right [Really??? The rulers of North Korea and Iran imprison and kill people for preaching the Gospel. Is preaching the Gospel not “right”?], but for those who do wrong [Really??? Saddam Hussein used to pay money to families of suicide bombers. Is suicide bombing not “wrong”? Pakistan allows Islamic mobs to inflict violence on Christians. Is this not “wrong”] Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you [This statement is completely absurd. Just pick up a modern American headline to see how government condemns (not COMMENDS), what is right, and commends (not CONDEMNS) what is wrong. For he is God’s servant to do you good. ~ Romans 13:2-4

    I wrote about this is in detail in my post “Bible & Government II: He Will Commend You?” I invite you to check it out here: https://alwaysproventrue.com/2013/09/14/do-right-government-will-commend-you-romans-133/

    I follow up and elaborate on this theme in “Bible and Government III: Submit?” Check it out here: https://alwaysproventrue.com/2013/09/17/bible-government-iii-submit/

    One of the verses you list to support your premise is Romans 13:2.

    Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. ~ Romans 13:2

    For a man who did not resist those in power, Paul spent an awful lot of time in prison for resisting those in power. This again speaks to the fact that the apostles had to be shrewd as snakes and innocent as doves when word-smithing their letters, which SEEM to advocate blind obedience to government, but actually do not.

    And while you accuse me of dismissing what you call the clear language of Romans 13:1-8 (which if you check out the links I listed above to Parts II, and III of this series, you will see is not so clear at all), you dismiss the clear language of Daniel 11:31-32 in which Daniel states “the people who know their God will firmly resist him [the new ruler of their nation].”

    Thank you very much for taking the time to leave your comment. You keep up the good work too, and God bless you!!!

  4. The American War for Independence wasn’t a revolution to begin with. The Americans sought peace with the British time and again, while pledging and re-pledging their allegiance to the King over and over and over again. In reality, it was a legal act by the King and the English Parliament called “The Prohibitory Acts” that declared the American colonies to be no longer under the protection of the King (and in a specifically 18th century context, that meant very clearly that the Americans then no longer owed the King of England any allegiance) and posited them as a foreign enemy. Why this isn’t taught in American classrooms today is beyond my comprehension — but the fact remains that the American declaration of independence on July 4th, 1776, was a mere formality, since the Brits had already kicked them out of the Empire 6 months prior.
    In short, the “revolution” wasn’t a revolution at all, but a war of defense against an invading enemy.

  5. To your statement that “the American declaration of independence on July 4th, 1776, was a mere formality,” I say that The Prohibitory Act was a mere formality. The American rebellion was already underway, and the The Prohibitory Act was Britain’s response to it. No quotes belong around “revolution” because it was, indeed, very much a revolution, and not just a war against an invading army.

    • Depends on how you define “revolution.” Was it a basic revolt against tyranny? Of course. Was it an unlawful act of rebellion against a lawful government who had the right to put down a rebellion by force? Hardly. Virtually everything the British government was doing in the Colonies from 1770 onwards was illegal, and it was the colonists who were acting in accordance with and in defense of their colonial law — laws that the Monarchy recognized as being legitimate and binding, yet King George was ignoring it as he pleased. The English Parliament had no legal authority whatsoever over the individual colonies, which is why every Act they imposed on the colonies was, by definition, illegal. So when it comes to defining the American War for Independence as a “revolution”, I guess it comes down to how you define the term.
      To say that the Prohibitory Act was a formality…..again, it would come down to how you define the actions of the American colonies who were up in arms at that time. The British government had already declared the colonies to be in rebellion prior to the Act (which was ridiculous, since the American colonies were merely upholding their legal authority). The Prohibitory Act was something new and different, in that it (de facto) declared the American colonies to be a foreign enemy — it was basically a legal act of separation. The King declared the colonies to be no longer under his protection, which conversely meant that the colonies didn’t owe him any allegiance any longer. Keep in mind that virtually none of the American leaders wanted a separation — on the contrary, they begged the King time and again ad nauseum for reconciliation. At the end of the day, the King (and Parliament) wanted blind obedience and submission, and the American colonies weren’t willing to grant them that (thank God), so the King and Parliament kicked them out of the Empire.
      It would seem you’re arguing that the American Revolution WAS justified and legitimate. I have no disagreement with that whatsoever — in fact, I have LONG argued (against fellow Christians) that the War for Independence did NOT at all violate Romans 13, since Romans 13 doesn’t apply to that situation. It’s been my experience (and perhaps yours as well?) that Christians who defined it as a “revolution” do so to discredit the War, when in reality they argue from a historical strawman.

      • Fair enough, Jared. You did a fabulous job of explaining your point. Thank you very much!

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