In Christianity, the term biblical authority refers to two complementary ideas: the extent to which one can regard the commandments and doctrines within the Old and New Testament scriptures as authoritative over humans’ belief and conduct.
The Bible speaks decisively to this issue. Romans 13:1-2 says: “Obey the government, for God is the One who has put it there. There is no government anywhere that God has not placed in power. So those who refuse to obey the law of the land are refusing to obey God, and punishment will follow.”
There are two words used in Modern Hebrew to refer to authority, both of which originate in the Bible. סַמְכוּת (sahm-KHOOT) is the more common word, of the root ס. מ. כ (s.m.k) meaning placement. … It’s preferable (literally, desired) that a person of a authority be someone that can be relied on.
Bible Gateway Romans 13 :: NIV. Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.
What does the Bible say about following leaders?
“Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.” Everyone yearns for respect but most often than not, it is earned.
What is Romans 13 referring to?
Political meaning and use. Some interpreters have claimed that Romans 13 implies that Christians are to obey all public officials under all circumstances. … For this reason, the duty of obedience is, for the Christian, a consequence of this derivation of authority from God, and ceases when that ceases.
In order to obey authority, the obeying person has to accept that it is legitimate (i.e. rightful, legal) for the command to be made of them.