Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. Anarchy is: “1.a state of society without government or law. 2. political and social disorder due to the absence of governmental control: The death of the king was followed by a year of anarchy. Synonyms: lawlessness, disruption, turmoil. 3. anarchism ( def 1 ). 4. lack of obedience to an authority; insubordination: the anarchy of his rebellious teenage years. 5. confusion and disorder” (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/anarchy).
1. Anarchy is so popular that there is an online guide on how to become one (http://www.wikihow.com/Be-an-Anarchist).
2. TV shows (Sons Of Anarchy), clothing & accessories (Amazon; Wal-Mart, etc.), show the popularity of this in our culture.
B. There are clearly times wherein we should NOT obey or listen to man (Colossians 2:20-23).
1. Our Lord is always our first standard (Deuteronomy 13:4 and Revelation 22:14).
2. His authority is above all else (Colossians 1:10-20).
3. Therefore this subject, like all subjects, is to be understood through HIS will (Luke 11:28 and John 15:10).
II. Body: Mankind was created to rule (Genesis 1:27-28) and to be submissive (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, Titus 3:1-2, and James 4:7).
A. Government is in place by God’s authority and He tells us to be subject to government (Romans 13:1-7).
1. The only time we may be disobedient to civil authorities is when those authorities demand we disobey God (Acts 5:14-42).
a. Sometimes governments forget who the real authority is (Ezekiel 28:1-10).
b. Sometimes they do abuse their power (I Kings 21:1-16).
2. If the laws do not contradict the standards set by God, rising up against civil government is disobedience to God (I Peter 2:12-16).
3. Society is supposed to be governed by someone in authority for many reasons (Deuteronomy 25:1, Proverbs 20:2, Proverbs 20:8, and Proverbs 20:26).
B. God has put in place many levels of authority (i.e. John 19:10-11).
1. In the home (Colossians 3:18-21).
2. In the church (Titus 2:15, Hebrews 13:17, I Peter 5:1-4, etc.).
3. Regarding laborers (Colossians 3:22-25).
4. Even areas of life wherein the younger should give place to the elder (I Peter 5:5).
5. All of these are still subject to God being the highest standard of authority that all must line up with first (Galatians 1:10).
C. We are supposed to be a peaceful (Matthew 5:9) and submissive people (Ephesians 5:21).
1. In regard to civil authority, live above reproach rather than being rebellious (I Peter 3:8-17).
2. Christians do not belong in civil uprisings (Matthew 5:9).
3. In all things, remember that our true citizenship is not on this earth (Philippians 3:20).
III. Conclusion: We should all realize our place and live in it (Jude 8).
© 2014 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager