Alexander Henderson on Magistrates up Holding Both Tables of the Law

“It is true, indeed, that the magistrate is more about things external, which concern this present life, and the minister about things spiritual, which concern the soul and life eternal. Yet there is nothing so ecclesiastical, but it belongs some way to the magistrate, he being keeper of both tables, nor is there anything so secular, but it concerns the ministry, in so far as secular things fall under obedience or disobedience to God; for the Word of God is extended to all causes, all persons, all conditions of life, all which are to be ruled by the Word.” (pp. 152-153) – Alexander Henderson (1583 -1646) (the second founder of the Reformed Church in Scotland)

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