Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Pretentious Politics

The pretensions of civil authority are inconsistent with the nature of the gospel and contrary to its precepts. Those matters are altogether extrinsic to ruling and governing of political states. Christ expressly signified that his kingdom was not on this world. If the propagation of the gospel had any inseparable relationship to worldly kingdoms, Christ did not say so. His example furnishes abundant evidence of how we are to act in such matters. He showed us that the gospel is propagated by persuasion and by the power of God. It will not be spread by the use of whips, imprisonment, banishment, and murder.
-Robert Barclay
Apology for the True Christian Divinity, 1673

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