Lets discuss the doctrine of unconditional submission. Or simply put, that God requires us to submit unconditionally to the governing powers, regardless of what they ask. I don't believe such a doctrine is biblical.

Lets look at this. Submission to authority is in effect, a contract. Think of our submission to God. We submit because He is God. He will never lie to us, deceive us, nor go back on His word. Thus we should submit to God with no reservations.

Next is the contract between man and wife. The wife does not submit unconditionally. She submits as long as the husband is seeking Christ as an example and loving her as Christ loves the church. If the husband pushes her around and demands she do something evil, she is not to submit any longer. This submission is conditional because while God is perfect, husbands are not.

The contract between family and church is the same. If a pastor brings in some Imam to teach Sunday worship, the families of that church should boot the pastor in the a** so hard he can taste Vibram on his lips. Submission to church is also conditional.

Government is no different. A government that stands against God directly, against His people or their way of life is NOT to be submitted to in any way shape or form. To do so places worship of law and worship of government above worship of God.

Rom 13:1 Let every soul be in subjection to the higher powers: for there is no power but of God; and the powers that be are ordained of God.

Leaders and higher authorities are allowed by God to protect and promote the good (God's law). When they cease to do this, they are no longer of God.

God may allow an evil ruler, but that does not mean we must submit ti him. Witness what a proper Christian response would have been to Hitler, Stalin, Mugabe, et al. Certainly NOT simply going along with evil plans. The resistance fighter is far more godly than the collaborator!

Where there is conflict, we stand on God's word as the basis of our beliefs and are no longer subject morally or ethically to do what the government says. God is the ultimate authority, and whatever we do must be in line with His will. As long as His will and the governments is the same, no problem. But when there is a difference, we ALWAYS stand on the word of God even if that means actively moving against established authorities. God is sovereign and omnipotent and rules all.

The Bible is full of examples where good people of God directly disobeyed the orders of their ungodly kings.

Examples include the Hebrew midwives who disobeyed Pharaoh's order to kill babies in Exodus 1:16-17, the flight of Moses from Egypt after killing the Egyptian in combat, Rahab lying to the king in Joshua 2:4, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego disobeying the king in Daniel 3:13-20, and Daniel disobeying the king in Daniel 6:10. And lets not forget Joseph fleeing to Egypt with Mary and Jesus in direct disobedience to Herrod in Matthew 2:14. And our Lord Jesus was certainly not an unconditional submissive when He challenged the Pharisees, cleansed the Temple, and taught His people.

Did you know the laws of our own civil government adopt this view? According to the Declaration of Independence, the "laws of nature and of nature's God" are laws higher than the laws of England (and, by implication, higher than the laws of any human civil government). The laws of nature are God's moral law written on the heart as the conscience, and the laws of nature's God are the laws of God revealed in the scripture.
The Declaration of Independence also says that it is not merely our right, but also our duty, to throw off a civil government when that civil government, by a long train of abuses and usurpations, shows that its goal is to reduce the people under absolute despotism."

Unconditional submission to anything or anyone except God Himself, amounts to idolatry. This includes good things as well as bad ones. Remember Peter's bold answer to the ruling Council:

Acts 5:29 And Peter and the apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

Seems very clear to me. So why do so many churches and so many pastors ignore this? One reason...it is easy. It is easy to simply go along. It is easy to not make waves. It is easy to simply bow the head and do as you are told. It is far easier to pray in tears, than to throw a grenade.

The time will come soon when lines must be drawn and this ill-conceived and misinterpreted doctrine purged from the minds of believers. Under normal circumstances we should submit to just and necessary laws and rules, but when those same rules become ungodly and unjust, we must make a choice.