William Wilson on the two kingdoms

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Reformed Covenanter

Puritanboard Commissioner
There cannot, it is said, be two supreme and independent Governments in the same society. True, we answer, if the two Governments are exercised for the same ends, and upon the same matters. The whole weight of the objection consists in the supposition that this is the case. It is obvious that, otherwise, it cannot for a moment be maintained.

For if the Civil and the Ecclesiastical Government have each an ascertainable province, each within that province may act supremely and without control. No conflict can arise; but, on the contrary, each may indirectly help on the objects of the other. The Civil may aid the Ecclesiastical by a temporal provision for the maintenance of ministers; and the Ecclesiastical the Civil, by producing a population abounding in the fruits of faith, and leading peaceable and quiet lives, in all godliness and honesty.

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