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six lectures delivered in the Theological Seminary at Princeton.

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CALVINISM AND POLITICS.

104

of the Nile a Pharaoh ruled over the pro-

the banks

genitors of the fellaheen of Egypt.

Nor can

a group of men,

by

right,

compel you to obey a fellow-man.

force

is

one

there

my

of

men

other

me

for

made a "Contrat

As man

time.-'

do not speak of the family,

my

ties rule

but

;

bow down

or

who men cannot

to anyone,

Authority over little

and bold,

fellow-men,

for here organic, natural

the sphere of the State

in

ages ago

Social", with

stand, free

I

over against the most powerful of I

What binding

in the allegation, that

progenitors

of that

own

contract, from their

I

man, as

is

do not yield I

"am.

from men. Just as

arise

from a majority over against a minority,

for history

shows, almost on every page, that very often the mijiority

And

zuas right.

thus to the

first Calvinistic thesis

that

sin alone has necessitated the institution of governments, this

second and no

all authority

less

momentous

of governments on

thesis

is

added that

earth, originates

from

When God says to me the Sovereignty of God "obey", then I humbly bow my head, without compro mising in the least my personal dignity, as a man. For alone.

in like proportion as

low so,

to a child of

on

other

the

you degrade

yourself,

man, whose breath

hand do you

is

by bowing

in his nostrils

raise yourself,

if

you

submit to the authority of the Lord of heaven and earth.

Thus

"By Me

kings

as the apostle has elsewhere declared:

"The

the

reign", or

word

of Scripture

stands:

powers, that be, are ordained of God.

Therefore he that

resisteth the power, withstandeth the ordinance of God".

The

is

an instrument of

license

and outrage and

magistrate

thwart

all

"common grace", to shield the

to

good

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van zondag 1 januari 1899

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Calvinism a life-system - pagina 108

Bekijk de hele uitgave van zondag 1 januari 1899

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 279 Pagina's

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