Those who attended last night’s Lesser Magistrate event (2/10/22) received a lot of information, encouragement, and means by which they can make a difference in their local areas. It’s with a brokenness of heart, recognizing that those God has put in power are using that very power to strike against Him and His church, that should motivate us to act boldly, fervently, and decisively, with prayer. Whether one was in attendance or unable to attend, I urge you to order the DVD ($10.00) containing this important information, by contacting Kimberly at 231-924-4050 or email@example.com. It will be a couple of weeks to produce the DVD, but if you would like to watch it on our Facebook page – Click here.
Our speaker, Pastor Matt Trewhella, reminded his audience that God created four great governments, each with their own specific roles, responsibilities, and limits. Those are the family, church, civil, and self governments. Any abuse of their authority is NOT to be complied with; it’s to be resisted. Or as John of Salisbury said in his book Policraticus, “Loyal shoulders should sustain the power of the ruler so long as it is exercised in subjection to God and follows his ordinances; but if it resists and opposes the divine commandments, and wishes to make me share in its war against God, then with unrestrained voice, I answer back that God must be preferred before any man on earth.”
He also shared that our founders graciously gave us four boxes to stand on in this fight against tyranny. These are meant to hold governments and those in authority in check. 1. The soap box (our First Amendment that guarantees our right to speak out freely). 2. The ballot box. We brought you into this position and we can take you out. 3. The jury box—we are given the right to judge not only the case, but the law as well, and if the law is being applied correctly. 4. The cartridge box (Second Amendment).
Very often we were reminded that the duty of the lesser magistrate was one of interposition; in other words, standing between the unrighteous greater magistrate and the localized people placed under the lesser magistrate’s authority. We must never forget that the law of God is the objective standard that all men and governments are accountable to. In this sense we hear the Roman Emperor Trajan declare, “Use this sword against my enemies, if I give righteous commands; but if I give unrighteous commands, use it against me.”
Another theme that rang clearly, and with great passion, was a call for the church to stop giving blind and total compliance to the civil government. One of the quotes Pastor Trewhella used was from John Knox. “For now the common song of all men is, ‘We must obey our kings, be they good or be they bad; for God has so commanded.’ True it is, God has commanded kings to be obeyed; but likewise true it is, that in things which they commit against His glory, He has commanded no obedience.” It is no surprise that our founding fathers reiterated this same sentiment over and again in their writings and in their interactions with others.
In closing out the lecture time, before the Q & A, Matt Trewhella gave contemporary examples of counties standing successfully up to their state governor and states standing up to the federal government regarding the Second Amendment. He dismantled the lie of “Judicial Supremacy.” And he spoke at length regarding abortion, abolition, and the lack of sincerity in truly saving the pre-born.
Whether dealing with abortion, COVID mandates, or anything else, “You cannot appease a tyrant; you must defy them and defeat them.”
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This was truly a cutting edge presentation; pray with us that God will use it to cut us to the quick, breaking us and drawing us to repentance. Then might He quicken us, making us alive to His Word, His Way, and moving us to call out those in authority to use their God-given power to His glory, His honor, and His praise.
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