Leaders -- Are All World Leaders Ordained Of God?
Romans Chapter 13

It is widely accepted that Romans chapter 13 is saying every person who has ever been in what we call "power," was put there by God. This is even the wicked people, like Hitler. This belief is simply not the truth. God allows the wicked to get into high places, but does not actually place them there.

Scripture says, (2 Samuel) He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.

Scripture also says, (Hosea) They have set up kings, but not by me: they have made princes, and I knew it not.

These excerpts from scripture show that a person who rules over men must be just and ruling in the fear of God, and that some kings are not put there by God.

Scripture will never contradict scripture. So with this in mind let's read through the first four verses in Romans chapter 13. Let's also keep something else in mind. Let's remember that sometimes scripture speaks in a matter-a-fact manner. Sometimes the Lord's word is simply telling it like it is.

Romans 13

   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.

Yes, we are to be subject unto the higher powers. But just who are those "higher powers?" Verse one says that there is no power but of God, the powers-that-be are ordained of God. Do you see it?

Any real power-that-be is of God and ordained of God. What does this say about all others who hold office? It says that they are not true powers because true powers are of and ordained by God. 

   2Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

Those who resist the true powers-that-be are not of God. They resist the ordinance of God, and as a result, resist the true powers-that-be. They receive to themselves damnation because they are not of God. Hence these are the people who seek to put into leadership, a man of the world. Remember the world receives and loves its own.

   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:

True powers-that-be, true rulers, are not a terror to good works. Instead true rulers who are of God are terrors to the evil in this world. True rulers will seek to put an end to evil works, not to good works.

   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.

There are men. Then there are REAL men. There are rulers. Then there are REAL rulers! And a REAL ruler is a minister of God to those under him (the ruler).

A real ruler will seek to teach people to do good, not evil. And while we are under such a true ruler, we should be afraid to do evil. This is because a leader has the ability to punish. (Note: This is not saying that a leader can take his own vengeance on criminals and kill them. Scripture says that vengeance belongs to the Lord.) 

However a wicked leader punishes good and rewards evil. A wicked leader actually teaches, ministers wickedness instead of godliness. So, no. God does not put the wicked into places of leadership.


 Debra J.M. Smith