As it is noted well in the references that I’m attaching Links to, the conflicting proposition on Christian Resistance or Disobedience has been a long term discussion. My personal studies have concluded that if the early Church did not resist/disobey the Roman empire: we would not have Christianity today. If the Magistrates and Ministers in the city of Magdeburg did not disobey and resist against the Catholic Habsburg emperor, Ferdinand II, we would not have the results of a Reformation.
Needless to comment is that Samuel Adams studied his Bible every day. He was known as the “Last Puritan” not because of the way he dressed but because of his Biblical Reformation knowledge and non-bending principles. He understood Biblical Covenant and that God is absolute Sovereign over all things and that Jesus received the fullness again with the Father and Spirit in that Sovereignty upon his Ascension.
This is Sam Adams understanding of God’s Sovereignty is the only place that any proper resistance can begin especially the Theology of Christian Resistance/Disobedience. This week I bring you that introduction, well, I bring back the Doctrine of the Lesser Magistrate back to you in a different format. I’m going to also give you the links to Doug Wilson’s Sermon Series/Blog Post on Christian Disobedience and the link to a composite work on “The Theology of Christian Resistance.”
As always, 45 minutes of radio cannot make up for hours of content. My hope is that this will get the brain cells and spirit moving. As I always say, there is not true Idea of Liberty with out Liberty given by Jesus. With that, there is no rational way to resist tyranny and despotism unless you understand what Sam Adams understood in the Biblical context of Resistance and Disobedience to tyrants.
Doug Wilson Sermon Series on Christian Resistance:
On Christian Disobedience #2 Blog Post
To the Supreme Court:
The Theology of Christian Resistance: A compilation of writers