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:
- Can revolution be supported by scripture?
- 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.
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