Oecolampadius/Myconius on the Duty of Magistrates and see that God’s Name is hallowed

“God has charged governments His servants, with the sword and with the highest external power for the protection of the good and for vengeance upon and punishment of evil-doers. For this reason, every Christian government with which we desire to be numbered, should do all in its power to see that God’s Name is hallowed among its subjects, God’s kingdom extended, and His will observed by the assiduous extirpation of crimes.”

Confession of Basel of 1534, First Draft Written by Johann Oecolampadius in 1531, Revised and Extended by his Successor Oswald Myconius


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