Rev. Garlow: Christians Don't 'Have to Follow Laws That Violate The Word of God'

By Michael W. Chapman | November 9, 2016 | 4:42pm EST

Rev. Jim Garlow.  (

Commenting on his new book, Well-Versed: Biblical Answers to Today's Tough Issues, Reverend Jim Garlow said that Christians do not have to obey laws "that violate the Word of God," and this applies, for instance, to laws pertaining to abortion and homosexual marriage. In today's anti-Godly society, he added, Christians have to make "tough decisions" that may include civil disobedience.

Rev. Garlow is the pastor of Skyline Church in San Diego, Calif. He earned his Ph.D. in historical theology from Drew University. He is the author of 15 books, including the best seller Cracking DaVinci's Code, and he produces a daily radio commmentary that is broadcast on 800 stations. 

When it comes to laws that violate God's law, Rev. Garlow related a conversation he had with a man about civil disobedience and said, “How close are we to the point where we have to participate in very active civil disobedience? He addressed the elephant in the room, because we are  coming to that point in our own culture when the laws of the land, the demands put upon us by anti-godly government is such that Christians are going to have to make some very tough decisions.”

“Now, some Christians cop-out on this issue and say, ‘no, we have to obey the government,'" said Garlow. "It [the Bible] does say obey the government. That’s correct. Romans --  Paul’s writing in Romans is very clear about obedience to the government."

"But we are not called to obey the government when the government willfully, intentionally violates the laws of the land," he said.

“I’ve got news for you," said Garlow.  "The Supreme Court is not supreme, overall. God is supreme. And the Supreme Court has passed laws regarding marriage, regarding abortion, and under no condition do we have to follow laws that violate the word of God. We’re on pretty good standing when we take those positions."

Rev. Garlow is married and has eight children and nine grandchildren. In 2008, he was involved in promoting Proposition 8 in California, a ballot initiative that defined marriage as being between one man and one woman. 


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