How Far We Are Bound to Obey the Magistrate

Taylor Bredenhof

Theodore Beza’s Confession (1560) : Article 43 of the Sixth Point

“43. How Far We Are Bound to Obey the Magistrate

As there is no faithful man except from the obedience which he owes to Jesus Christ reigning in His church, whether it is a king, prince or subject, so there is no one from the greatest to the least who does not owe voluntary obedience to his magistrate as ordained by God (Rom. 13; Titus 3:1; 1 Peter 2:13–14), even if the magistrate is a tyrant, except in one point only, i.e., he commands you to do things which are against the Word of God. For in this case (as the apostles said), we must obey God rather than men, for otherwise we exalt men above God (Acts 4:19–20). Then, it is not rebellion to disobey princes when they would cause us to do what God forbids or to…

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