More Scottish Reformed thought on the Civil
Magistrate.<br><br>"And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard,
and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his
mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him
his power, and his seat, and great authority"
(Revelation 13:2).<br><br>"For though tyrannies and unjust
exercise of power, as they are full of disorder, are not
an ordained government; yet the right of government
is ordained by God for the wellbeing of mankind." --
John Calvin on Romans 13:1.<br><br>Herein is the rub:
Government itself is an ordinance of God which all men,
especially Christians, are to obey and respect. And yet not
all authorities can be properly understood as "the
ordinance of God...The minister of God for thee for
good...a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth
evil." (See last post in this series for more on this)
<br><br>The topic of this post is, What are Christians
responsible to do when they are subjected to an unlawful
usurper or tyrant?<br><br>The Christian has
responsibility in such a case to God, as well as to the unlawful
rulers. In this post, we will look at the Christian�s
responsibility to God. In a subsequent post, we will look at the
Christian�s responsibility towards the unlawful
rulers.<br><br>These duties towards God are taken from "The mystery of
magistracy Unvailed" (this anonymous work has been
attributed to George Gillespie, Scottish delegate to the
Westminster Assembly). The author wrote out all of the proof
texts, which makes for convenient reading, but takes up
far too much space for a post like this. For the sake
of space, I merely list his proof texts for the
reader to look up on his own:<br><br>1. To be sensible
of God�s hand, that thereby is in judgment lift up
against them for sin. Lev. 26:17; Judg. 2:14; Deut.
28:47,48; 2 Kings 17:19; Isa. 10:5; Isa. 42:24; Prov. 28:2;
Psal. 106:41,42,43; 2 Chron. 12:7,8.<br> <br>2. To
accept of the punishment, and be humbled under God�s
mighty hand. Lev. 26:40,41; Mic. 7:9; 1 Pet. 5:6.<br>
<br>3. To repent and turn from the provoking sin. 1
Kings 8:46,47,48; Jer. 18:9,10; Dan. 9:5,6,7,8,9.
<br><br>4. To cry unto the Lord for help and deliverance.
Exod. 2:23,24,25. Exod. 3:7,8; Judg. 2:18; Judg. 3:9;
Psalm 72:12; Psalm 87:11; Deut. 4:27,28,29,30; See
Psalm 12:5.<br> <br>5. To groan more earnestly for the
righteous rule and dominion of Jesus Christ, who shall
therefore be the "desire of nations;" who will judge the
people righteously, and break in pieces the oppressor,
in whose days the righteous shall flourish, Rev.
6:9,10,11; Psal. 72; Hag. 2:6,7; Rom. 8:19,22,23.
<br><br>---<br><br>On deck: Our duties towards usurpers and