Instructing the Magistrates and the People - Open Letter to Government Officials and Citizens of the State of Kentucky

Instructing the Magistrates and the People

For too long Christian men have avoided the public realm of civil government.

Defy Tyranny - LesserMagistrate.comThe result has been that wicked men have now filled the void and have put their worldview into place through the force of law and public policy. Evil is now enshrined in our nation – evil is now declared to be good, and good is now declared to be evil. The Church in America needs to repent of this negligence.

Instructing the magistrates (and the people) from the Word of God regarding their duty is needed in our day. This can be done through conversation and meetings. And here you see that it can also be done through published writings in a local paper. This full page newspaper ad instructs the magistrates and the people about the duty of magistrates to interpose against evil and lawless acts by the federal judiciary. This ran in the city newspaper in Frankfort, Kentucky – Kentucky’s capitol.

When the Christian Apologists of old wrote their works from 150 – 350 AD, they addressed their writings first to the magistrates of their day – then to the people. The Christians of our day need to do the same and instruct the magistrates (and the people) in Christian thought. God’s Word speaks to all matters of our life and to all matters of life – including matters of civil government.

Here is the full text of the newspaper ad (a printable pdf can be found here as well):

Open Letter to Government Officials and Citizens of the State of Kentucky

America’s founders understood and established a form of government known as federalism. True federalism understands that all levels of government possess lawful authority.

An important aspect of federalism is that whenever one branch of government begins to play the tyrant, it is incumbent upon all other branches (whether federal, state, county, or local) to resist that branch – even if that branch is the Supreme Court itself.

Kentucky has a rich history in this regard. Just eleven years after the ink had dried on the U.S. Constitution, the federal government acted outside its constitutional restraints. Kentucky stood against their lawlessness. The Kentucky Resolution of 1798 stated in part: “…and that whensoever the general [federal] government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force.”

Kentucky interposed – Kentucky simply said no to unjust laws.

In our day, it has become painfully clear that the federal judiciary continues to play the tyrant. The U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) has consistently been the dispenser of unjust, immoral, and unconstitutional court opinions, including, preborn babies can be murdered and a man can “marry” a man.

Tragically, governors, state attorney generals, and state legislatures have complied with these unjust and immoral opinions by hiding behind the common song of our day: “The Supreme Court has ruled – all we can do is obey.”

This mantra is a lie. It is not how our founders intended the states to respond to egregious acts of evil by the federal government. Rather, they expected interposition by the states. They expected defiance. The song of their day was “Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.”

The assertion that an opinion by the U. S. Supreme Court is “the law of the land” is repugnant to our form of government. The idea that SCOTUS is the final arbiter of what is or is not constitutional is pretend legislation. The belief that all other branches of government must bow down to the court opinions of SCOTUS is legal fiction.

Thomas Jefferson, who penned the Kentucky Resolution of 1798, responded to the false idea that the Supreme Court was the “final arbiter” of what is or is not constitutional. He stated, “The Constitution has erected no such single tribunal, knowing that to whatever hands confided, with the corruptions of time and party, its members would become despots.”

Men will forbear and so we should for even a long painful season, but there comes a point where forbearance becomes sin. There comes a point where forbearance becomes cowardice. There comes a point when men realize they no longer have the convenience of acting indifferent towards the unjust and immoral actions of their government. Our own Declaration of Independence established this truth for Americans. Thus, we submit to the state of Kentucky that the lawlessness of the federal judiciary should no longer be forborne.

We submit to you that the murder of the preborn should not be forborne. The perverting of marriage and a host of other evils by the federal judiciary should not be forborne.

A little-known doctrine in our day that has been employed by men for thousands of years and has proven to peaceably rein in the lawless acts of government officials is the doctrine of the lesser magistrate. The doctrine simply stated is:

Whenever the higher-ranking civil authority makes unjust, immoral, or constitutionally repugnant laws, policies, or court opinions, the lower-ranking civil authority has both the right and the duty not to obey the superior authority, and if necessary, actively resist it.

You can learn more about interposition and the doctrine of the lesser magistrate at the website, May Christ rally your hearts to righteousness and justice. May Kentucky make redemptive history. May you lead the way to protect the preborn and preserve the God ordained institution of marriage in Jesus’ name! (2 Samuel 23:3)

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Matthew Trewhella, Pastor of Mercy Seat Church
Author of The Doctrine of the Lesser Magistrates and The Magdeburg Confession

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