Praise for Caesar and the Church:
“Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” (Mark 12:17). Jesus’ famous reply to the Pharisees’ challenge recognizes the legitimate realm of authority occupied by Caesar. Even in the realm of secular government, “the powers that be are ordained of God” (Romans 13:1). Yet Jesus’ statement also acknowledges that God rules in righteousness over a vast domain that does not in any way pertain to Caesar. Paul’s admonition in Romans 13 further makes clear that Caesar’s authority is only derivative, and it is limited. God is the one in whom all authority ultimately resides. So when Caesar meddles in matters that belong only to God, “We must obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). The COVID crisis has caused many of us to consider and apply these principles with more meticulous care and discernment than ever before, because secular governments across the globe have exploited and relentlessly worked to magnify fears about the threat to public health posed by the virus. In the process, both federal and local governments in many Western nations have tried to assert control over churches in order to restrict or reorder Christian gatherings for worship. Anthony Forsyth has considered these issues biblically, and he has written a remarkably clear and helpful overview of the topic. I know it will be a great encouragement to pastors and lay people alike as we all attempt to respond righteously to so many unexpected threats to the liberty we enjoy in Christ. absolute.”—John MacArthur, Pastor, Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, California; Chancellor, The Master’s University and Seminary
“This brief work was extremely helpful to me personally. I also appreciate that it was written with the kind heart of a pastor.”
—Paul Washer, Founder and Missions Director, HeartCry Missionary Society
Forsyth’s prudent analysis of scripture shows this truth: all power comes from Christ, all authority is His alone, and the legitimate authority delegated to the state therefore must protect the Church and the Christian to exercise our faith. It is incumbent on every Christian to understand the authority of Christ and begin to scrutinize, through the lens of scripture, the laws and legal doctrines of an ever-changing political landscape. Politicians will clash, petty tyrants will come and go, but truth never changes. This book will teach you how to stand even more firmly in the truth that Christ, not Caesar, is the head of the Church.
—Jenna Ellis, Attorney for John MacArthur and Grace Community Church
Obedience. Romans 13. Christians want to know God’s will for their lives. We desire to obey our Savior. In our present day, few things are as unclear as the topic of submission to governing authorities. Caesar is demanding unquestioning obedience, in ways that most of us have never experienced before. In this book you will find a clear and compelling explanation of the Bible’s teaching on delegated authority. Anthony gives us the foundational principles that are necessary for walking in true, Christlike submission. If you desire to have the biblically informed convictions that produce a clear conscience as you walk through these strange days, this is the book for you.
—Chris LeDuc, Pastor, Cannon Beach Bible Church