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Religion and Politics (Romans 13:1-10)

Thomas E. Graham, 09/09/1984
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Romans 13:1-10

1Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 2Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 3For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 4For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. 5Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. 6For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. 7Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour. 8Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. 9For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 10Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. (KJV)

Thomas E. Graham
About Thomas E. Graham: Thomas Graham was born in Melbourne, Australia to missionary parents. His father, a Scot, met his mother, an American, while on the mission field in Africa. Graduated from Weaton College and Princeton Theological Seminary, Graham pastored a small church in New Jersey before being called to Aisquith in 1969. A staunch Reformed theologian, Graham was recognized as a gifted preacher who occupied the pulpit each Sunday with very few notes. His love for our Lord and his awe of Scripture are evident in his sermons. During his tenure here he organized the Middle Atlantic Sovereign Grace Theological Society, attracting to Aisquith such speakers as R.C. Sproul, John Reisinger and John Gerstner. He also guided the congregation through its traumatic break with the United Presbyterian Church. He was diagnosed with cancer in February 1987 and was called Home in April of that year. His wife of nearly 26 years, the former Anna Green, remains active in Aisquith. One of their two sons now pastors the small New Jersey church once pastored by Tom, and the other is a successful Christian fantasy author. (We should note that the titles for Graham's sermons were, for the most part, not selected by him. In fact, he objected to sermon titles, generally, believing they might hinder his ability to change course, if he was so led, during the sermon. However, the presentation of hundreds of sermons, such as we have on this site, requires more description for the visitor than merely "The Sermon," which is what appeared in the weekly bulletin. We think, given our situation, he'd agree.)
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