“Christians” love to point to Romans 13 as a reason to participate and gain from Satan’s world [man’s legal world, worldly nations] through membership. Christ denied it [Mat 4:1-11], and as followers of Him we should to. In those Matthew verses Satan offered Jesus “all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them” and in this sense “glory” means “their resources, wealth, the magnificence and greatness of their cities, their fertile lands, their thronging population.” He did not offer God’s nature, but creations of man that operate in opposition to God’s law because that is Satan’s dominion. The Old English language recognized this with the term “baly” which meant “evil; sorrow” and also “dominion; government.”
(1) Evil; sorrow.
(4) Dominion; government.” — A Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words: Obsolete Phrases, Proverbs, and Ancient Customs, from the XIV Century, 1904
The most simple way to discount this notion of being part of Satan’s world is to contemplate on the words that are being used in Romans 13 and similar verses [Tit 3:1, 1 Pe 2:13]. “To be subject to/unto” is not the same as “to be a subject of.” We are to respect the ordinances of these gentile nations [not over and above God’s law], for their artificial existence is the will of God, but they do not force membership. We are to be subject to, not voluntary subjects of. Romans 13:9 recalls one of the ten commandments to not commit adultery. This adultery is to “have unlawful intercourse with another’s wife.” This commandment is not only the physical sexual intercourse with another man’s wife but legal intercourse with a gentile nation. “Intercourse” in legalese means, “Dealings or communications, especially between businesses, governmental entities, or the like.” It is okay for a true follower of Christ to communicate with governmental entities, but it is unlawful [to God] to communicate or deal for the outcome of becoming a member, participating in, and gaining from it. Also consider that gentile nations in The Bible are referred to as feminine terms like “her” [Jer 51:45, Rev 18:4], and you can see these nations as being wives of Satan. We are to have a spiritual intercourse with God/Christ [Isa 54:5, 2Co 11:2], not a spiritually dead legal intercourse with Satan/nations.
“intercourse. 1. Dealings or communications, esp. between businesses, governmental entities, or the like.” — Black’s Law 9th
We are to be followers of Christ who was not ‘a subject of’ any nation. He was not of this world [Jhn 18:36], but He and His disciples were subject to them. Jesus communicated with Pontuis Pilate when the pharisees demanded him to use his political power to commit capitol punishment against Jesus, but when Jesus spoke the Truth unto Pilate he responded to the jews, “I find in him no fault at all.” This is because Jesus never voluntarily registered and did not break any of Rome’s laws. Jesus respected man’s dominion, never trespassed, and never rebelled against the legal authorities.
Tit 3:1, 1 Pe 2:13-20 say the same as Romans 13 but are written a little differently. Take notice that in 1 Pe 2:15-16 it says that we “may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.” The term “free” here means to have no obligations like the civil obligations that citizens carry to their gentile nation. We are not to have membership of that world, for doing so is not only serving mammon [Mat 6:24], but having obligations of putting man’s law above God’s. We are not to use this liberty to break their laws.
“obligation. 2. A formal, binding agreement or acknowledgment of a liability to pay a certain amount [taxes] or to do a certain thing for a particular person or set of persons [municipalities, governmental agencies]; esp., a duty arising by contract. Also termed (in sense 2) civil obligation.” — Black’s Law 9th
3. In gram., expressing nationality, local extraction, or place of abode; describing or designating a person as belonging to a certain race, country, district, town, or locality by birth or otherwise: as, a gentile noun (as Greek, Arab, Englishman, etc.); a gentile adjective (as Florentine, Spanish, etc.).
4. In gram. a noun or adjective derived from the name of a country or locality, and designating its natives or people: as the words Italian, American, Athenian, are gentiles.” — 1889 Century Dictionary
Verses like Romans 13 is more of a warning telling you to not rebel against the powers that be, for there will be suffering. These powers are ordained by God to govern sinners [1 Tim 1:8-10] because of the free will of people wanting to break God’s laws and be ruled by man, and The Bible clearly warns of this [1 Sam 8:10-22]. “And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you in that day.” God will not hear you in your gentile membership, for you have broken the first commandment [Exo 20:3, Deu 5:7] of putting gods before Him. The term used for “gods” in the first commandment “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” is ‘ĕlōhîm which in this sense refers to both pagan supernatural gods and rulers/judges. We are to respect the ordinances of these gentile nations, for their artificial existence is the will of God, but they do not force membership. We are to be subject to, not voluntary subjects of, the gentile nations, but not be yoked (joined) with them [2 Co 6:14].
“10. Law is for Lawbreakers: “We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine” (1 Timothy 1:8-10).” — University Of Wisconsin-Madison, Legal Studies Program, Sources Of Law 1: The Bible [Quoting from NIV]
“What the Seal of the United States of America represents, to anyone who takes it seriously, is a Ministry of Sin. A speech by Jesuit political scientist Michael Novak, published in the January 28, 1989 issue of America, the weekly magazine of American Jesuits, sums it up eloquently enough:
‘The framers wanted to build a “novus ordo” that would secure “liberty and justice for all”…. The underlying principle of this new order is the fact of human sin. To build a republic designed for sinners, then, is the indispensable task…. There is no use building a social system for saints. There are too few of them. And those there are are impossible to live with!… Any effective social system must therefore be designed for the only moral majority there is: sinners.‘” — Rulers of Evil: Useful Knowledge About Governing Bodies
Because man’s law recognizes Natural Law as the foundational Law they cannot force membership in it. One must volunteer to be part of it. Legal maxim: “Equity will not support a volunteer.” There is no real fairness in Satan’s world; you can find all kinds of ridiculous laws and court cases where the judge’s ruling is completely unfair. Man’s law expects from you complete adherence to it, over and above God’s law. It is even in your name. Your surname [last name, aka nickname] is legally considered over and above your first name [given name, Christian name], and it is a mark [a trade-mark of commerce] signifying that you are a member in Satan’s world.
No one wants to hear this, but we are not to be part of this world despite all the luxuries it offers. Christ, His apostles, and the early followers were persecuted for it, so expect the same to you if you were to truly follow Him.