Laurence Vance on the group of murderous thieves known as "government," any why those of us who oppose the state need to develop the backbone of the Old Testament prophet Elijah:
The state has always been a lying, stealing, and killing machine.
We know this is true of the Soviet Union under Stalin, Nazi Germany under Hitler, and Red China under Mao, but as I showed in "The Lying State" and "The Murdering State," and as Jeff Knaebel recently laid out in great detail here, this is just as true of the U.S. government as it is of any other.
The reason that many people don’t accept this fact is because they have the mindset that lying to, stealing from, and killing foreigners in their countries doesn’t really count.
Christians seeking to justify their support for, or the participation of their friends and relatives in, the U.S. government’s latest military adventure often recite the mantra, "Obey the powers that be," a loose paraphrase of Romans 13:1, as if that somehow means that Christians should blindly follow whatever the government says. But because the state is, as Murray Rothbard described it, a "bandit gang writ large," Christians should always remember the reply of the apostles when they were told to stop speaking in the name of Jesus: "We ought to obey God rather then men" (Acts 5:29). The Bible alone is the word of God, not congressional legislation or resolutions, Supreme Court decisions, the Code of Federal Regulations, or presidential executive orders. God trumps the state every time.
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