10679Re: [Covenanted Reformation] The Civil Magistrate (was re: Question Regarding Political Participation)
- Aug 2, 2004
> But lest I be misunderstood, I want to state that I believe it isthe duty
> of the body politic (Parliament in the instance of England) in acovenanted
> nation to bring a religiously unfaithful king to justice.Isn't that the duty of each and every person in the body politic
according to his or her station? Don't we all have an obligation to
uphold the law?
But what I deny
> is that a minister (whether that minister be Cameron or the Pope),or any
> other individual citizen, may pronounce a king illegitimate.The beauty of Presbyterianism and rebublicanism is that we have
objective standards. Any man armed with the Scriptures and the
constitution may declare unlawful usurpations in breach of the same
to be unlawful.
A minister may
> urge the Parliament to do so, but he may not pronounce it himself.The
> church may not take the role of the Parliament; as the Parliamentmay not
> take the role of the church. And we must distinguish theindividual from
> the body politic.So now ministers may not even declare that a usurper who takes power
in violation of standing law is illegitimate? Does that hold for
such usurpers as Absalom and Cromwell too? Did the prophets and
ministers of God have to keep silent on their take-overs?
Blessings in Christ,
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