A short quote from Herbert Palmer on Christians and tyranny

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  1. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritan Board Doctor

    Surely Christ who came to purchase liberty to his people never meant to enslave them to tyrants above all others of Man-kind.

    Herbert Palmer, Scripture and reason pleaded for defensive arms: or The whole controversy about subjects taking up arms Wherein besides other pamphlets, an answer is punctually directed to Dr. Ferne’s book, entitled, Resolving of conscience, &c. The scriptures alleged are fully satisfied. The rational discourses are weighed in the balance of right reason. Matters of fact concerning the present differences, are examined (London: John White, 1643), p. 24.
     
  2. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritan Board Doctor

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  3. Ed Walsh

    Ed Walsh Puritan Board Junior

    This seems a timely article for us who live in the United States. For, it is possible that in the not-too-distant future our country may, by a much-deserved judgment of God, begin to espouse a form of Socialism that will require tyranny to accomplish its ends.

    Far be it from me to call down fire on my own position. That decision belongs solely to God. But, I have noticed lately in the scripture, a theme that is repeated from the beginning to the end of the Bible. That theme is God's usual modus operandi of displaying His glory through judgment and salvation. Not judgment alone, nor salvation alone, but the combination of the two redound to his great glory by the wonderful, gracious salvation of the undeserving elect and the much-deserved damnation of the reprobate.
     
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  4. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritan Board Doctor

    Here is another good quote, which is also of relevance to the Sabbath [ @NaphtaliPress ]:

    It is well known how tender they have been of other men’s consciences in needless Ceremonies, in illegal Innovations, in prophane violations of the Lord’s Sabbath and the 4th. Com[mandment] who now cry conscience to save their money, or to weaken the Parl[iament].

    Herbert Palmer, Scripture and reason pleaded for defensive arms: or The whole controversy about subjects taking up arms Wherein besides other pamphlets, an answer is punctually directed to Dr. Ferne’s book, entitled, Resolving of conscience, &c. The scriptures alleged are fully satisfied. The rational discourses are weighed in the balance of right reason. Matters of fact concerning the present differences, are examined (London: John White, 1643), p. 67.
     
  5. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritan Board Doctor

    Here is another relevant observation from one of the church fathers, which I came across when looking at a book I read a few years ago:


    [T]hey who have bartered away their freedom for money are the slaves of those who have purchased them.

    Gregory of Nyssa, The Great Catechism (c. 385), 22 in Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers 2, 5: 492.
     
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