by: Austin Church
God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic institutions: 1) the home; 2) the church, and 3) the state. Every person is subject to these authorities, but all (including the authorities themselves) are answerable to God and governed by His Word. God has given each institution specific Biblical responsibilities and balanced those responsibilities with the understanding that no institution has the right to infringe upon the other. The home, the church, and the state are equal and sovereign in their respective Biblically assigned spheres of responsibility under God (Rom 13:1-7, Eph 5:22-24, Heb 13:17, 1 Pet 2:13-14).