In an age of judicial and political tyranny, when the Government defies the law of God and legalises wickedness, the Bible reminds the Christian that he or she must obey God rather than men.
At the time of the Reformation, the little-known doctrine of the Lesser Magistrate found its origin in John Calvin the famous reformer.
This doctrine teaches that when the superior or higher ranking civil authority makes immoral/unjust laws or policies the lower or lesser ranking civil authority has both a right and duty to refuse obedience to that superior authority. If necessary, the lesser authorities may even actively resist the higher authority.
Another famous reformer, John Knox, agreed. He stated that,
“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.”
Christian Pastors and Ministers should preach and teach this doctrine today as it is as relevant today as it was at the time of the Reformation.
They should advise and warn the “lesser magistrates” that they must not enforce godless and wicked laws and that they must (non-violently) resist the higher authorities who “frame mischief by a law” and thereby defy God’s law.