Bible Passage:2 Peter 2:9-10
Then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment, and especially those who indulge the flesh in its corrupt desires and despise authority. Daring, self-willed, they do not tremble when they revile angelic majesties.
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If God did not spare the young, new world (says the Apostle), how much more severely and fearfully will He now punish those to whom the Gospel has been revealed and preached, and before whom such great light has arisen; as Christ also declares (Matt 11) "And you, Capernaum, will not be exalted to heaven, will you? You shall descend to Hades; for if the miracles had occurred in Sodom which occurred in you, it would have remained to this day. Nevertheless I say to you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for you." But all threatening is in vain — the godless will not repent. Especially those who indulge the flesh in its corrupt desires and despise authority. He calls kings, princes, and lords, and all civil government, "authority". Therefore this is what St. Peter means: that they should be subject and obedient to civil government; as when the sword is introduced by God's ordinance, therefore they should fear.
Thine honor rescue, Christ, our Lord!
Hear Zion's sighs, and help afford;
Destroy the wiles of mighty foes,
Who now Thy Word and truth oppose.
aka Pastor Robin Fish
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