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six Stone-lectures

1 minuut leestijd

CALVINISM AND POLITICS. of the problem

solution

:

1

33

With Rome the system of

persecution issued from the indentification of the visible

with the invisible church, and from this dangerous line Calvin

But what he

departed.

was the

fending

experience,

true as

may

in de-

itself,

and

it

only wanted

realize that also this proposition,

to

must ever remain

it

persevered

identification of his Confession of the

Truth with the absolute Truth fuller

still

in

our personal conviction,

never be imposed by force upon other people.

So much

Now

let

us put the theory

the test and look successively at the duty of

to

itself

for the facts.

the

magistrate

2^.

towards the

Church,

As

regards

first

remain —

things

in

the

spiritual:

and

*''God's servants."

towards God^

towards individuals.

3".

the

point,

i^.

magistrates

They have to

are and

recognize

God

Supreme Ruler, from Whom they derive their power. They have to serve God, by ruling the people according

as

to

They have

His ordinances.

where

directly

it

assumes the character of an affront

And

to the Divine Majesty.

as the Source of

Sabbath, by

His

bound natural to

the

all

political

order that they

in

holy

life

to be

in the Constitution

power, by maintaining the

and by invoking His Divine

to

is

proclaiming days of prayer and thanks-

Therefore to

God's supremacy

by confessing His name

recognized,

giving,

to restrain blasphemy,

ordinances,

investigate

and

decision

in

the

govern, according

every magistrate rights

His Word.

of any

may

blessing.

is

in

duty

of God, both in the

Not

to subject himself

church, but in order that he

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van zondag 1 januari 1899

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 279 Pagina's

Calvinism - pagina 137

Bekijk de hele uitgave van zondag 1 januari 1899

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