Philip Melancthon, Magistrate keeper of Both Tables of the Law and Lutheran Theonomy

“In which I am of one mind with that most learned Doctor Philip Melancthon, “The Magistrate is not merely appointed by God as both the keeper and avenger of the second Table, but certainly also, and especially, of pure religion, with respect to which he keeps an external discipline.”

Cited by Theodore Beza in Concerning the Punishment of Heretics by the Civil Magistrate

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