1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith
Chapter 24: Of the Civil Magistrate
1. God, the supreme Lord and King of all the world, hath ordained civil magistrates to be under him, over the people, for his own glory and the public good; and to this end hath armed them with the power of the sword, for defence and encouragement of them that do good, and for the punishment of evil doers.
( Romans 13:1-4 )
2. It is lawful for Christians to
accept and execute the office of a magistrate when called there unto; in
the management whereof, as they ought especially to maintain justice and
peace, according to the wholesome laws of each kingdom and commonwealth,
so for that end they may lawfully now, under the New Testament wage war
upon just and necessary occasions.
( 2 Samuel 23:3; Psalms 82:3, 4; Luke 3:14 )
3. Civil magistrates being set up by
God for the ends aforesaid; subjection, in all lawful things commanded
by them, ought to be yielded by us in the Lord, not only for wrath, but
for conscience sake; and we ought to make supplications and prayers for
kings and all that are in authority, that under them we may live a quiet
and peaceable life, in all godliness and honesty.
( Romans 13:5-7; 1 Peter 2:17; 1 Timothy 2:1, 2 )
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