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WE ARE ALL COMANDED TO DO THE RIGHT THING! — MildB 2023-03-22 15:50
James 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
The Doctrine of the Lesser Magistrates
“Use this sword against my enemies, if I give righteous commands; but if I give unrighteous commands, use it against me.” — Roman Emperor Trajan, speaking to a subordinate.
“The lesser magistrate doctrine declares that when the superior or higher civil authority makes unjust/immoral laws or decrees, the lesser or lower ranking civil authority has both a right and duty to refuse obedience to that superior authority. If necessary, the lesser authorities even have the right and obligation to actively resist the superior authority.
Rooted in Interposition:
Interposition is that calling of God which causes one to step into the gap — willingly placing oneself between the oppressor and his intended victim….
When it comes to the interposition of the lesser magistrate, he interposes for the people — placing himself between the unjust laws or decrees of the higher authority and the people. He also acts in defense of the rule of law. The interposition of the lesser magistrates abates the just judgment of God on nations that have impugned His law.
All Authority is Delegated:
The lesser magistrate doctrine reminds the higher authority that their authority is limited. No one who holds authority in civil government rules with autonomy. The authority they possess is delegated to them by God. Hence, all those in positions of authority stand accountable to God and are to govern according to His rule.
A tyrant is defined as one who contravenes or impugns the law of God; assaults the person, property, or liberty of the citizens; or violates the Constitution.
Primary Duty of Lesser Magistrates is Threefold:
First, they are to oppose and resist any laws or edicts from the higher authority that contravene the law or Word of God. Second, they are to protect the person, liberty, and property of those who reside within their jurisdiction from any unjust or immoral actions by the higher authority. Third, they are not to implement any laws or decrees made by the higher authority that violate the Constitution and, if necessary, resist them.
God’s Law is the Objective Standard:
The law of God is that objective standard so that men know when governments are making unjust or immoral law. The disobedience of the lesser magistrate is not subjective. He is only justified in defying the higher authority when the higher authority clearly contravenes the law of God, or makes law which is clearly an attack upon the person, liberty, or property of the people in the lesser magistrate’s jurisdiction, or makes law or policy which violates the Constitution.
The Rule of Law:
The rule of law simply stated is: the law is king. All are subject to the laws of the land, both king and commoner, both government officials and [regular] citizens, and that law is equitable to all. They formalized God’s moral law, along with biblical principles of authority and government, under what became known as “the rule of law.” This became known as the rule of law in Western Civilization for nearly 1500 years.
The rule of law is crumbling. As America collapses because it has spurned the law of God as the rule of law, we will be presented with an opportunity when godly lesser magistrates will need to stand in the gap. They will need to interpose for the sake of the rule of law, for the sake of the people they represent, and defy bad law. They will be accused by the tyrant higher authority of anarchy and destroying the rule of law, but in reality, they are the ones defending it.
The Pastors of Magdeb
The doctrine of the lesser magistrates was first formalized in the Magdeburg Confession by the Lutheran pastors in Magdeburg, Germany in 1550. Other Reformers built upon the doctrine.
Note: A local sheriff has more power and God Granted Authority than any thing that is contrived from the evil that now resides in Washington.
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