Baptist Press publishes false understanding of Romans 13 teaching absolute submission, which is contrary to historical evangelical understanding.

Baptist Pravda, err, Press published a screed against Christians using the slogan “Let’s Go, Brandon.” The attack on the phrase misunderstands why the saying became popular—it became popular because the mainstream press decided to lie about what a NASCAR crowd chanted. People who embraced Let’s Go, Brandon did so because they decided to Live Not by Lies and instead to mock those in power who openly lie.

According to John Zmirak the phrase Let’s Go, Brandon highlights the problem with the mainstream media. He writes, “a bubble-headed reporter tried to gaslight us about, an effort so transparent and desperate that it served as a glitch in the Matrix. It highlighted the thousands of times a day our state media falsify reality, from the Kyle Rittenhouse shootings to the 2020 election and the January 6 protest.

Gaslight. That is the perfect description of what the NBC reporter tried to do.

Because of this, the phrase immediately transcended the original meaning.

The phrase itself is now about truth and liberty. It is a noble refusal to accept the narrative of Joe Biden as a popular and wise ruler.

As regime theologians, regime pastors, and Leftists, Baptist Press naturally is against anyone mocking the Leftists in Washington in general and Joe Biden in particular.

The Baptist Pravda op-ed trots out the same tired tropes against anything a conservative might do in opposition to the imperial overreach. The writer attacks “Let’s Go, Brandon” on grounds it violates Romans 13, that it harms our Christian witness, and finally that since its roots are vulgar that it is inappropriate speech for the Christian. These are all wrong, dangerous, and designed to allow for the state to oppress Christians. If one cannot openly mock the regime and its instruments of propaganda, the mainstream press, then we have lost one of the main tools to expose the corruption of the regime.

Yes, the original chant of “F—-, Joe Biden” was profane. The Christian should avoid it. However, when the NBC reporter lied about the chant by changing it to “Let’s Go, Brandon,” the purpose and meaning of it changed too. This is undeniable. To say, “Let’s go, Brandon,” is not to say anything other than the mainstream press are propaganda agents of the Joe Biden regime. In fact, claiming otherwise is bearing false witness against the people using the chant.

In the BP op-ed the writer opines, “My attitude should be the same as the apostle Paul’s and Peter’s toward the evil emperor of their day, Nero – an attitude of humility, submission, respect and honor.”

And what of the Romans 13 argument? Are Americans bound to submit to an evil tyrant?

According to Jonathan Mayhew’s 1750 sermon on Romans 13, the Christian does not owe submission nor obedience to tyrants.

Mayhew said, “Common tyrants, and public oppressors, are not intitled to obedience from their subjects, by virtue of anything here laid down by the inspired apostle [Paul]. I now add, farther, that the apostle’s argument is so far from proving it to be the duty of people to obey, and submit to, such rulers as act in contradiction to the public good, and so to the design of their office, that it proves the direct contrary. For, please to observe, that if the end of all civil government, be the good of society; if this be the thing that is aimed at in constituting civil rulers; and if the motive and argument for submission to government, be taken from the apparent usefulness of civil authority; it follows, that when no such good end can be answered by submission, there remains no argument or motive to enforce it.”[1]

And given Biden’s actions with unconstitutional mandates and attacks on Christian liberty—he meets any definition of tyrant.

There is a reason Russell Moore and his Leftist Big Evangelical cronies promote a myopic view of Romans 13—they want to turn Christians into compliant slaves instead of vigorous citizens asserting the primacy of the rule of law.

Also, notice how Baptist Press in its op-ed suggests that it harms the Christian witness to use the statement. However, it gives no reason for this—we are forced to conclude the argument is they don’t want to hurt the feelings of Democrats or Joe Biden.

One key element here that should not and must not be forgotten—it is bad for the Christian witness and contrary to the Christian worldview to allow for tyrannical government or allow the mainstream press to promote obvious lies like happened in the case of Let’s Go, Brandon.

Resistance becomes a Christian duty–and simply saying the phrase that upsets BP is but one simple way to repudiate the gaslighting of the regime, its propaganda agents, and the regime theologians.

[1] Mayhew as quoted by Daniel L. Dreisbach in Reading the Bible with the Founding Fathers, p. 129.