The Divine Right of Resistance
The Divine Right of Resistance
Biblical Options for Opposing Tyranny
About the Book
What would Jesus do under tyranny? Well, what did Jesus do under tyranny? In this book, you'll see how Jesus and countless heroes of the faith navigated unjust judges, illegal arrests, civil rights violations, weapons bans, street-preaching bans, being forbidden to meet together, and more. See over 200 Scriptural examples of resistance to these age-old challenges, and the saints' legacy of overcoming "by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony" (Rev. 12:11). Discover Scripturally-based resistance tactics for individuals, churches, and magistrates. See why Romans 13 proves that tyrants are not ministers of God, and what makes a ruler a tyrant. Learn what the Great Commission says about your responsibilities to your magistrate, in good times, bad times, and everything in between. And get a peek at the Bible's grid for individualized decision making, so that you can know "when to hold and when to fold" in exercising your Divine Right of Resistance.
Table of Contents
- THE USE OF NARRATIVE PASSAGES IN THIS BOOK
1. THE WHY OF CHRISTIAN RESISTANCE
CAN A CHRISTIAN RESIST TYRANTS AND OBEY ROMANS 13?
- Does Romans 13 Keep Us From Imitating Biblical Heroes?
- Why Your Magistrate Is Your Business
- Christ’s Insistence That You Help Turn the Tide
- Christ’s Promise That He Will Turn the Tide
- CAN A CHRISTIAN RESIST TYRANTS AND OBEY ROMANS 13?
2. THE WHEN AND HOW OF RESISTANCE
SITUATIONS WHERE COMPLIANCE IS NOT AN OPTION
- When innocent life is at stake
- When the means of protecting or sustaining life is at stake
- When the state oversteps the family’s jurisdiction
- When the state oversteps the church’s jurisdiction
- When we are commanded to stop doing what God commands us to do
- When we are commanded to do what God prohibits
TYPES OF LAWFUL RESISTANCE TACTICS
- Resistance Tactics for Individuals
- Resistance Tactics for Churches
- Resistance Tactics for Civil Magistrates
- SITUATIONS WHERE COMPLIANCE IS NOT AN OPTION
3. MAKING BIBLICAL DECISIONS ABOUT RESISTANCE IN YOUR SITUATION
HOW DO I KNOW WHAT TO DO WHEN?
- Case Study: The state confiscates all weapons and bans the acquisition of new weapons of self-defense
PREREQUISITES FOR GODLY RESISTANCE
- Four Things That Will Kill Your Resistance Efforts
- Two Keys to God’s Blessing and Help in Our Resistance Efforts
- HOW DO I KNOW WHAT TO DO WHEN?
- MORE RECOMMENDATIONS FROM DR. KAYSER ON CIVICS, RESISTANCE, AND ETHICS
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