Biblical Limits on the Role of Civil Government

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Craig A. Stern

Regent University School of Law

Date Written: November 16, 2006


This paper suggests that the Bible supports a very limited civil government. The Bible teaches that the authority of civil government, like all human authority, finds its source in God himself. God grants authority, and authority ungranted is authority denied. It appears that God’s grant of authority to civil government is found in Genesis 9:6, in his command that human beings exact corrective justice for violations against God’s image in human beings.

Keywords: political theology, biblical libertarianism, limited civil authority

Suggested Citation

Stern, Craig A., Biblical Limits on the Role of Civil Government (November 16, 2006). Available at SSRN: or

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Regent University School of Law ( email )

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