Religious Liberty and the Doctrine of the Lesser Magistrate

(This is an article written by Rusty Thomas that champions the distinction between ‘religious liberty’ and ‘interposition.’)

As sodomites get their hands on the sword of civil government, our nation is being forced to make a conscious decision. It appears the “powers that be” are seeking to establish this wicked agenda at the expense of Christian’s freedom of religion, speech, and other liberties guaranteed by the Constitution. Several recent cases against Christian bakers, photographers, sports figures, and celebrities, who stand for Christ and the God-ordained covenant of marriage highlight the marginalization and persecution taking place under our watch.

We must remember, the sword of civil government is not neutral. If our government is going to uphold and defend that which God considers an abomination, it must of necessity punish the righteous. Proverbs 17:15 reveals this double abomination at work in our day, “He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD.”

The plight of our nation seems to have awaken some of the church to these sobering realities. Some, in fact, are seeking to answer the question, “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do” (Psalms 11:3)? For many Christians and conservatives, they have opted for the “religious liberty” defense. May I suggest, that is a losing proposition that will further our demise, rather than protect our liberties.

Although religious liberty should be a concern to Christians in our nation, we cannot defeat this monstrosity based upon that legal rebuttal. Those who advocate solely from the religious liberty perspective merely address a fruit of the problem. It is insufficient to remove the roots of our woe. It treats a symptom, but it is impotent to cure the disease. It prunes a branch, but refuses to bring God’s axe to America’s idolatrous, tyrannical tree.

Pastor Matt Trewhella, author of The Doctrine of the Lesser Magistrate and the Magdeburg Confession exposes the folly of this strategy. He states… [click here to read the entire article].