Civil Government

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Subsections

The General Equity of O.T. Civil Laws

Resistance to Tyrrany

War

Against Separation from Impure Civil Governments

Church-State Relations

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Order of Contents

Articles
Book
Prayers for the Civil Government

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Articles

Bullinger, Henry – On the Duties of Rulers and Subjects, beginning on p. 15, 20 pages, chapter 2 from Edmund Morgan’s Edmund Morgan’s Puritan Political Ideas: 1558-1794

Calvin, John – Of Civil Government, 1536, 32 long paragraphs, being chapter 20 of Book 4 of his Institutes of the Christian Religion 

Gillespie, George – ‘On Whether Lawful Authorities may Impose Oaths’  1649  31 paragraphs

The original Westminster Confession in chapter 22.3 says that, “It is a sin to refuse an oath touching anything that is good and just, being imposed by lawful authority.”  See this article for the proof-texts of this Biblical teaching and that it was lawful for Scotland and England to impose the Solemn League and Covenant, 1643, on their populaces (which was the catalyst for the Westminster Confession of Faith).

Girardeau, John – Conscience and Civil Government: an Oration  1860  28 pp.

Hausam, Mark – Against Cameronianism, Part 1Part 2  2012  28 & 18 paragraphs

Cameronianism, contrary to Westminster Confession 23.4, teaches that if a civil government is not fully Christian then it does not have lawful authority from God.  The view came from the covenanter Richard Cameron in Scotland in the 1680’s and is currently held by Still Waters Revival as well as some other Reformed Presbyterians. 

Hodge, Charles – On Suing another Christian in Civil Courtfrom his Commentary on 1 Corinthians, ch. 6:1-11

Kayser, Phillip – Torture: a Biblical Critique  2010  22 pp.

Kayser demonstrates that torture is contrary to numerous principles in scripture

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Book

Murray, Robert – Political Consequences of the Reformation: Studies in Sixteenth Century Political Thought  Buy  1960  338 pp.

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Prayers of the Civil Government

John ‘Rabbi’ Duncan

‘Just a Talker’, p. 44

“O Lord, bless our sinful, godless, Sabbath-breaking Privy Council.  Thou knowest that Thou art not honored there, for they profane thy holy day by their meetings for state business.”

“O Lord, bless the high courts of parliament now assembled.  Thou knowest that Thou art not honored there, where potsherd warreth with potsherd.  Do Thou be there to over-rule their deliberations.”

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“But let us remember that, while Christ forgives the sins of men, he does not overturn political order, or reverse the sentences and punishments appointed by the laws.”

John Calvin

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