Excerpt from Calm Examination of Dr. McMaster's Letters on Civil Government
The illustrations, employed by Dr. Mcmaster to elucidate his argument, are not to the point. In the cases of marriage, or the work of'the ministry, whatever sin a man, may commit by not assuming these relations, is his own. Other men are, not called upon to give any approbation of his immorality: but by acknowledging a civil constitution, an approbation is given, which may involve an immorality, Although a nation, refuse or neglect to form their constitu tion of civil order according to the light of the gospel, it would not be desirable to have it annihilated, and the people left in a state of anarchy. While a people maintain a dislike to the law of God, and refuse obedience to the Messiah, it is better for themselves, and for those who may live among them, that they have a government formed on the law of nature, howev er defective, than have absolute anarchy and confusion. - But, this affords no reason why a christian should give his approba tion, to such a defective and sinful constitution of government. If they will depend on the light ofnature, let the chris-g tian may say, it is better that they take the light of nature, than reject both it and the light of revelation 1 - 78t I cannot, without sinning, incorporate myself with such a society; I can not approve of their constitution of civil government; I cannot identify myself with it by an oath of allegiance, because the revealed will of God is not the rule by which it is constituted and administered.
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