Anyone that has been reading my blog for any length of time knows I think the church’s have been failing their tests on a regular bases. They are not feeding the sheep with the acknowledge of God’s word as scripture applies to rules of government and the guidance of the social fabric..
Well here is a man that has answered the questions back in 1574, therefore it is not something that was never thought about nor have the questions never been answered. It has been said of Beza that he codified John Calvin’s “Institutes of Christian Religion” (1556) setting in motion the truth of reformation teaching and fixing the base for “Puritan Theology”.(1600’s) The Calvinism we know today is a direct result of what men like Beza did when they took the teaching of the scriptures, Calvin institutes and then with Godly men applying that teaching came away with the the Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) These basic teachings became the foundational elements in formation of America. How else could America have the “Constitution” we have. Read the 10 questions below and ask yourself—Could we have had any other “Constitution” if guided by this teaching?
Theodore Beza (1519-1605) wrote this thesis “The Right of Magistrates” in 1574 He uses two scripture verses to anchor himself Psalm 2 & 1st Peter 2:13.
Here are the 10 questions that appeared in the beginning of the thesis—he goes through each question and answers each of the question one by one.
1/ Must magistrates always be obeyed as unconditionally as God?
2/ Is a magistrate held responsible to render account of all his laws to his subject? And how far are they to pressure such laws to be just?
3/ How far must obedience be rendered or refused to unjust or impious commands?
4/ How can one who has suffered wrong at the hands of a ruler defend himself against him?
5/ Whether manifest tyrants can lawfully be checked by armed force?
6/ What s the duty of subjects towards their superiors who have fallen into tyranny?
7/ What must be done when the orders or estates cannot be summoned to impede or to check tyranny?
8/ What may be done against unjust oppressors?
9/ Whether subjects can contract with their rulers?
10/ Whether those who suffer persecution for the sake of their religion can defend themselves against tyrants without hurt to their consciences.
I want to know when the Pastor of today are going to address these questions? Because if they don’t——I say the country is doomed—you can turn out the lights and last man out——lock the church door.
We Shall See—Don’t you think?