The government and the church

Acts Bible Background

07.23.2015 New Testament: Acts 23.34–35

To read the Bible in a year, read Acts 23.12–35 on July 23, In the year of our Lord 2015

By Don Ruhl

As tension between church and state increases in the Western World, we need to see how the early church, especially the apostles, behaved toward the Roman government as it began to grow in antagonism toward the church. On one occasion, Paul appeared before a Roman governor,

And when the governor had read it, he asked what province he was from. And when he understood that he was from Cilicia, he said, “I will hear you when your accusers also have come.” And he commanded him to be kept in Herod’s Praetorium (Acts 23.34–35). 

The Roman government did not know what to do with the new phenomenon known as The Way, especially when the Jews persecuted it. However, you will never see Paul or others acting ugly toward the government.

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