Acts 4:19

4:19 to listen to you rather than to God. The duty of religious worship and speech is prior to the rights of the state, and the duty of a Christian conscience before God in proclaiming the gospel is above the rights of the Sanhedrin. The state is a servant ordained by God to maintain peace and order (Rom. 13:1–7). See “Christians and Civil Government” at Rom. 13:1.