with the teachings of the Holy Scriptures
That control is an. essential idea of government, is an intuitive perception, and needs no proof.
The question then resolves itself into this: Do the Scriptures sanction government?
That the Bible
itself is only a system of government, will not be disputed.
, and requires all men to conform their volitions to its requirements, as to that which is in itself good.
Moreover, it sanctions civil government in the most express terms: “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers.
For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
Whosoever, therefore, resisteth the power,” that is, the authority of government, “resisteth the ordinance of God; and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation,” etc. (Rom.
See A. Clarke
's notes.) This was said to the Roman Christians
, and was an injunction to obey Caesar
In that government, it is well known, the slavery element greatly predominated: but little room was left for the exercise of self-control; political sovereignty being denied to the people.
In declaring government, even in this extreme form of controlling the wills of men, to be his appointment, God establishes the principle, as in itself right
. Dr. Wayland
, however, (see article, Modes in which Personal Liberty