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Paul Blair - September 2, 2022

Lesson 02 – The Biblical Principles of Civil Government

"There is not a single instance in history, in which civil liberty was lost and religious liberty preserved entire." (John Witherspoon, The Dominion of Providence Over the Passions of Men, 1776) All we have known is liberty. In fact, we take what we have for granted. We are on the verge of losing it. 1. The purpose of the civil government is not to rule over or tyrannize the people, but for the good of the people. 2. We have a standard of truth - a foundation - natural law. 3. No Law can contradict God's Law. No one has the right to do wrong. 4. God grants rights. The purpose of civil government is to ensure those God given rights. Man, in order to protect his life, liberty and property, and in order to live in a civil society enters into a covenant entrusting certain limited powers to the proper authority - of, by and for the people {Ex. 18:21) 5. A man may not give away something that he does not possess 6. The government derives its power by the consent of the governed and is limited to the powers entrusted to it and cannot break the law nor overstep the powers entrusted to it.

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