Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Resistance to Wicked Magistrates & Ecclesiastical Authorities

The Most High God is sovereign over
the affairs of mere flesh-and-blood men!

1.) "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." Jesus Christ the Lord, The Gospel according to Matthew 28:18-20

2.) "...Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are His: and He changeth the times and the seasons: He removeth kings, and setteth up kings: He giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: He revealeth the deep and secret things: He knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with Him." Daniel 2:20-22

3.) "For the kingdom is the LORD's: and He is the governor among the nations." Psalm 22:28

4.) "For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; He will save us." Isaiah 33:22

5.) "...Which in His times He shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords" First Epistle of Paul to Timothy 6:15


Resistance To Unjust Civil Magistrates
And Wicked Ecclesiastical Authorities
Is Obedience to the LORD God, Who alone is mighty to save!

"We ought to obey God rather than men."
--Peter and other apostles, The Acts of the Apostles 5:29 [read Acts 5:24-33]

"But hereof be assured, that all is not lawful nor just that is statute by civil laws; neither yet is everything sin before God, which ungodly persons allege to be treason." --preacher John Knox

"Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! when the morning is light, they practice it, because it is in the power of their hand. And they covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and take them away: so they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage." Micah 2:1-2

“The Pope’s authority is unlimited, incalculable; it can strike, as Innocent III says, wherever sin is; it can punish every one; it allows no appeal and is itself Sovereign Caprice; for the Pope carries, according to the expression of Boniface VIII, all rights in the Shrine of his breast. As he has now become infallible, he can by the use of the little word, “orbi,” (which means that he turns himself round to the whole Church) make every rule, every doctrine, every demand, into a certain and incontestable article of Faith. No right can stand against him, no personal or corporate liberty; or as the [Roman Catholic] Canonists put it­ “The tribunal of God and of the pope is one and the same.” -Ignaz von Dollinger, “A Letter Addressed to the Archbishop of Munich” 1871; as quoted in MacDougall, The Acton Newman Relations (Fordham University Press) pp. 119,120.

"Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. *Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and ye perish from the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in Him." Psalm 2:10-12 [*An act of public homage and submission to the Lord Jesus Christ alone by all those in positions of leadership and authority]

"It (the state) may not require anything forbidden by Christianity, but it may forbear to enact many things which Christianity requires." Blackstone's Commentaries, Book I, p. 441, n. 3.

Mr. Raywood Frazier, in the booklet Catholic Words and Actions, presents documentary proof of the intensive persecution of Protestants and non-Catholics in Columbia, South America, between 1949 and 1953. The Catholic Church had the support of the Columbian government in the destruction of many churches, and the liquidation of more than 1,000 documented cases -- some of whom were shot, drowned, or emasculated. He says there is evidence of over 60,000 killed. Pope Pius XII awarded the President of Columbia with one of the highest awards which the Church bestows, and praised Columbia for its example of the Catholic faith." (Pp. 59,60)

"And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked." --Elijah the Tishbite (a man of God publicly mocking the evil king's false-religion), I Kings 18:27 [read 18:15-40]

"Let a thing here be noted, that the prophet of God sometimes may teach treason against kings, and yet neither he nor such as obey the word, spoken in the Lord’s name by him, offend God." -preacher John Knox

"Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed; to turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of My people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless!" Holy Bible, Isaiah 10:1-2

"For earthly princes lay aside their power when they rise up against God, and are unworthy to be reckoned among the number of mankind. We ought, rather, to spit upon their heads than to obey them." --preacher John Calvin (Commentary on Daniel, Lecture XXX Daniel 6:22)

"That the Church of Rome has shed more innocent blood than any other institution that has ever existed among mankind, will be questioned by no Protestant who has a competent knowledge of history . . . It is impossible to form a complete conception of the multitude of her victims, and it is quite certain that no powers of imagination can adequately realize their sufferings." --W. E. H. Lecky, History of the Rise and Influence of the Spirit of Rationalism in Europe, vol. 2, p. 32, 1910 edition. (For more details see The Catholic Encyclopedia, vol. 12, p. 266.)

"It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes." Psalm 118:8-9 [vs. 8 is the middle verse of the Holy Bible]

"In 1773 a sermon was preached by Charles Turner from Romans, XIII. 4, in which he meets the objections that ministers should not meddle in politics, and while he concedes its force in mere local matters, he boldly asserts that it is their duty to interfere where the liberties of the land are assailed, not only for the sake of their own posterity as well as that of others, but because, 'when the civil rights of a country receive a shock, it may justly render the ministers of God deeply thoughtful for the safety of sacred privileges - for religious liberty is so blended with civil, that if one falls it is not to be expected that the other will continue.'" preacher C. Turner, 1773

"If they (government authorities) command anything against Him (God), let it go un-esteemed. And here let us not be concerned about all the dignity which the magistrates possess." --preacher John Calvin (The Institution of the Christian Religion, written in 1536 A.D.)

"You ask if he (the Roman Catholic) were lord in the land, and you were in a minority, if not in numbers yet in power, what would he do to you? That, we say, would entirely depend upon circumstances. If it would benefit the cause of Catholicism, he would tolerate you: If expedient, he would imprison you, banish you, fine you; possibly, he might even hang you. But be assured of one thing: He would never tolerate you for the sake of 'the glorious principles of civil and religious liberty' . . . Catholicism is the most intolerant of creeds. It is intolerance itself, for it is truth itself."--"Civil and Religious Liberty," in The Rambler, 8, Sept, 1851, pp. 174, 178. ["The Rambler" was an English Roman Catholic journal published from 1848 to 1862].

"You're free. And freedom is beautiful. And, you know, it'll take time to restore chaos and order ­ ..order out of chaos. But we will." ­-The Smirking Chimp (George W. Bush), Washington, D.C., April 13, 2003

"And the midwives said unto Pharaoh, Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are lively, and are delivered ere the midwives come in unto them." -- God-fearing women that refused to obey the king's wicked decrees to murder children, Exodus 1:19 [see Exodus 1:8-21 for the complete picture]

"If their princes exceed their bounds, Madam, it is no doubt that they may be resisted even by power." -- preacher John Knox (while being questioned by Queen Mary about his views which legitimized subjects resisting their princes)

"Therefore set I in the lower places behind the wall, and on the higher places, I even set the people after their families with their swords, their spears, and their bows. And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Be not ye afraid of them; remember the LORD, which is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, yours sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses." Nehemiah encouraging his neighbors in the midst of violent threats by Sanballat and other civil officials [read Nehemiah ch. 4]

"There is ever, and in all places, a mutual and reciprocal obligation between the people and the prince...If the prince fail in his promise, the people are exempt from obedience, the contract is made void, the rights of obligation of no force." -- Vindiciae Contra Tyrannos written in 1579 A.D., author unknown

"The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That's not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace. These terrorists don't represent peace. They represent evil and war. When we think of Islam we think of a faith that brings comfort to a billion people around the world. Billions of people find comfort and solace and peace. And that's made brothers and sisters out of every race -- out of every race." The Current U.S. President (a professing Christian): while on his watch "evil and war" continues unabated (Abortion) upon defenseless unborn children in "The Land of the Free" and "The Home of the Brave". His ludicrous statement was released via the White House Office of the Press Secretary, September 17, 2001

"The [Roman] church may by divine right confiscate the property of heretics, imprison their person, and condemn them to flames. In our age, the right to inflict the severest penalties, even death, belongs to the church. There is no graver offense than heresy, therefore it must be rooted out." - Public Ecclesiastical, Vol. 2, p.142.

"...We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God." --Wicked government officials conspiring against a man of God, Daniel 6:5

"Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime." --Daniel 6:10 [see Daniel ch. 6]

"I have but one Law-Book that I shall pretend to recommend to your careful perusal, and that is the Holy Bible, which contains the Laws, Statutes, and Judgments, the Reports and Records of the King of Heaven: There you will find that GOD has given us, as we are told, right Judgments, and true laws, good Statutes & Commandments. (Neh. 9:13) O then, Let all your private Counsel and all your publick Pleas, be such as agree with these Divine statutes." Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States (Joseph Story), p. 718, Sec. 1016.

"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil." --Solomon (preacher & king) , Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

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