The doctrine of the Lesser Magistrate

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.





2 thoughts on “The doctrine of the Lesser Magistrate

  1. Which is why we women will continue to assist other women who have had pregnancy forced upon them, their bodies violated with unwanted sperm from rapist men and filthy incestuous fathers and other male relatives, to access abortion services so they may rid their body of all traces of the male crime. The law tells us we may not do this, we say we WILL do it – the law as we see it is unjust and wicked and we say TO HELL WITH IT. So we agree with you – bad, unjust laws are there to be unheeded and broken.

    • You are wicked and devious. God’s law states “Thou shalt not kill” and that means you are not to take the life of any human being and the unborn child is most definitely a human being. Any law that protects the unborn child is a GOOD law and must be obeyed. You know that we are 100% pro-life so your comment is hideous. Laws that defy God’s law are those that legalise sodomy, abortion, euthanasia, prostitution, dangerous drugs etc and must be resisted by Bible believing Christians and by the lesser magistrates. We are opposed to you pro-abortion feminists and, in demanding the legalisation of abortion, you fight against God and are his enemies, and, unless you repent of your wickedness, when your time on earth is over, you will find that it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Then it will be “TO HELL WITH YOU, YOU BLOODY WOMEN” (and men.)

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