A message from Pastor Ralph..
Pastor R.A. McKinney Sr., Senior Pastor
Shalom my Brothers and Sisters,
I would like to spend a moment of your time to address a subject we discussed in bible study. The question was, “is breaking secular law considered sin?”
To answer this question we must first ask ourselves “what is sin?" According to the collection of scriptures in the bible, sin is the nature of Satan, the behavior that is contrary to the nature of God, that which infected man after the fall of Adam.
Sin is what we accept then follow. We can’t create sin because it already exist, complements of Satan. Sin is not only in man, but it’s in the atmosphere of the world and can only be removed from us by the blood of the lamb (Jesus Christ) AMEN! And yet, sin still remains in the world. In other words, we have a cure, but the disease remains.
So moving on, many Christians who believe this refer to Romans 13.
Romans 13:1 says: "Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do
you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same."
What does this mean?
This passage is written to address the need for authority. Man cannot survive on his own and must therefore establish a community in which to live. As Christians, we not only live in this community but we must be examples of good stewards within the community so we must also follow the laws of the community.
The laws of the land are the laws of man and are not connect to our Divine Covenant with God. (Example- at one time Jews had to follow Roman law and “Halakaha” Jewish law, they were not required to repent for breaking Roman law, but if they did they would be arrested or even killed, that was the consequences for their actions.)
The major difficulty that Christians encountered was related to the dilemma that faced them when the divinely appointed Government acted in ways that directly contravened divine law.
The rule of thumb enunciated by Peter before the Council—“We ought to obey God rather than men” Acts 5:29
Much has changed from that time. Our government officials are not appointed by God, God is neither a Democrat or Republican, they are placed in power by the democracy we exercise every election day we decided by vote who will lead. Our elected leaders today don’t necessarily do what’s best for God, they do what’s best for their party. We can even remove them if we choose.
Paul's distinctive message concerning the Christian’s response to secular authority is to be seen as a call to Christians to demonstrate their renewed lives by responsible behavior. By honoring authority structures because they are divinely established and by challenging corrupt systems because they are aberrations of the divine intention. The Christian living in secular society is uniquely equipped to glorify God and enrich society.
So the answer is no! Breaking the law is not sin unless it is clearly and definitively written in the Bible, just as there are times when following the law is not of God. Our final Authority is God not man.