In the quote, nasty-now-and-now, end quote, it is obviously reasonable to many, that revolt is not only permissible but necessary in order to right perceived wrongs. This new thought process is not the same as the American Revolution, a battle for freedom of religious liberty as well as individual freedom of choice (unalienable rights). Only after careful consideration and much debate did our forefathers decide to revolt against the tyranny of their mother country. In fact, many struggled up until the last moment to remain loyal to England feeling that revolt against her was a definite wrong. John Dickenson’s, Pennsylvania delegate, object during the entire process was reconciliation, not independence and revolution. Without going into more historical evidence, it is clear to me that the response of our forefathers in revolt was carefully and even prayfully considered.
That is not the case in this hour. Revolt is considered freedom; revolt is considered individual autonomy. I have not the intellect to discuss these in detail, but I do know a few things. Freedom is not to be considered an absence of restraint. To include absence of restraint in freedom is an attempt to make a new definition of freedom which instead is really anarchy. It is the new terminology trick of the modern man, calling anarchy freedom.
As a Bible believer, I think we know the truth about freedom; it is the ability and privilege to do the will of God. Doing the will of God has restraints—sin is restrained.
The entire chapter of Romans 6 discusses this difference, but here are several verses. 16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
Rom 6:17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
Rom 6:18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
The free man of Scripture is the one who is voluntarily a servant of righteousness. Another verse in II Corinthians states, 17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. As servants of righteousness walking in the Spirit of the Lord, there is little thought of no restraints, but of restraints exercised by the power of the Holy Spirit and the very grace of God. That Spiritual man is no longer soulish, looking for the absence of restraints including the Word of God. Of course, undermining the Word of God in any form is part of this process.
Next, there is the matter of individual autonomy which sounds good, but this is very dangerous. By nature, one autonomy eats up or destroys another autonomy. The autonomy of man will eat up and destroy the autonomy of God. By autonomy, we usually mean self-governing. One is exclusive of the other. Notice the trickery and deceit again. We would get very upset if we heard this statement, “Man is God,” but we would not get upset if we heard that “man is autonomous.” Science is now considered something of an autonomy. It will eat up the autonomy of God. Thus we must leave God as the only self-governing One, and He gives us his government or will in the Scriptures, “2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” According to the unchangeable absolutes of God’s Word, there is a way to address grievances.
Romans13:2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
1Peter 2:13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;
I believe that we are facing a great danger in the present day environment of “REVOLT.”