On May 4th, 1521 an important historical act of interposition took place, as did such an act on April 18th, 1521. This sermon discusses that history by looking at the interposition of Frederick the Wise and Martin Luther. The sermon then goes on to show how those two acts of interposition – by a churchman and a magistrate – had direct correlation for two other acts of interposition taking place 30 years later by churchmen and magistrates. We commemorate the 500th anniversary of the actions of these Christian brothers who went before us.
You can watch the sermon.
Audio-only version of the sermon.
3-minute video on some of the history. A spur of the moment video of Pastor Matt by his wife Clara as they were in the hills surrounding the Wartburg Castle in Eisenach, Germany back in 2014.
2 and a half minute video of The Confession that Saved the Reformation.
The doctrine of the lesser magistrates is the product of Christian thought. The doctrine is rooted in the historic Christian doctrine of interposition.
America’s founders established America as a true federalism. In a federalism all four governments established by God – self, family, church, and civil government – are important, and have their own role, functions, and limits.
In a federalism, there are multiple levels of government and multiple branches at each level, so that if any one branch begins to play the tyrant – the other branches interpose against that branch and resist them.
Those in civil government take an oath to uphold their state Constitution and the U. S. Constitution. They do not take an oath of subservience to the federal government, and they do not take an oath of subservience to the state government.
When any one branch makes law, policy, or court opinion repugnant to the state or national constitutions, it is the duty of the other branches of government to uphold their oath and defend the constitutions – and to resist and defy that branch.
The people must assure the magistrates they will stand with them if they do right with their possession, in their persons, and in their prayers – both publicly and privately.
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