“The nations are bound to recognize the Bible as the supreme law of the land; as the standard of civil legislation. God’s law as recorded in the Bible, reaches all the possible relations of humanity; extends to every duty that can be performed, and fastens its claims on associated bodies of men, as well as upon individual persons. Were this not true, we should have this monstrous anomaly in Jehovah’s government, that while men, as individuals, are bound by the laws recorded in the Bible, in their congregated capacities, they may set these laws at defiance, and even contemn as citizens, what as Christians they are bound to honor and obey. If we admit that kings, as such, are not bound by the laws contained in the Bible, they commit no sin in acting contrary to them, while they act in their official capacity. The moral laws recorded in the Holy Scriptures, are but a fairer copy, and more full and explicit declaration of the eternal and immutable principles of righteousness, which are contained in the law of nature.”
–James R. Wilson
THE SUBJECTION OF KINGS AND NATIONS TO MESSIAH
A SERMON, PREACHED ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1819,
IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE DISPENSATION OF THE LORD’S SUPPER,
IN THE REFORMED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK.
6 thoughts on “When Presbyterian Were Presbyterians”
Good quotation. A while back I read James M. Willson’s (I think there are two “l”s, by the way) book “The Establishment and Limits of Civil Government” in which he argues that Romans 13 does not have a pagan magistrate in mind. He made numerous helpful observations on the passage.
Oh, this is a different James Wilson. My mistake. In any case the quotation by James R. Wilson and the book by James M. Willson both effectively speak well against Radical Two Kingdom errors. Hooray for Presbyterians named James Wil(l)son.
I’ve read that book by the Willson on Romans 13. Good book. However, if you can get a copy of Christopher Goodman’s Long Sermon on Romans 13 it is even better.
It looks like this James also has two “L”s in his last name. Three cheers for standardized spelling.
The reason behind “2-l” and “1-l” Wil(l)sons is a sad comment
Care to enlighten the ignorant?