Justice: Law is King - Lex Rex



All, whether king, president, rich, poor, famous, or commoner are accountable to the law.

When Jesus said “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s,” He was making clear that the civil government has limitations. The State is not the “be all and end all.” It cannot declare just anything to be its own. They cannot make up law as they go, nor change the immutable laws of God. The authority they have is delegated to them from God – it is not autonomously held...

The persuasion of their thinking resulted in Christians overturning the greatest empire of the world – Rome. From there Christianity, which breeds liberty, spread across the western world freeing nations from the tyranny of the strongest and most brutal. Christianity established the "rule of law" in Western Civilization...

The rule of law simply stated is: the law is king. All are subject to the laws of the land, both king and commoner, both government officials and citizens, and that law is equitable to all...

God’s law was the standard by which the rule of law was established for Western Civilization. His law was viewed as the “higher law” to which all men and all governments of men were accountable. The rule of law is a Western Civilization phenomenon fueled by Christianity.

("The Doctrine of the Lesser Magistrates: A Proper Resistance to Tyranny and a Repudiation of Unlimited Obedience to Civil Government"
by Matthew J. Trewhella
emphasis added

Lex, Rex, or The Law and the Prince; a Dispute for the Just Prerogative of King and People [written by Samuel Rutherford], published in 1644, is probably the greatest work on the foundation, nature and constitutional limits of Government, the Civil Magistrate, and the separate but mutual relationship of Church and State ever written...

Perhaps the four key principles of the book are:

1) God gives no moral power to the King to commit immoral acts. 2) Kings can and must be justly held to their constitutional oaths, no less so than the people. 3) God stamps no person with the imprint of king, leaving such a designation to the people. 4) All kings owe their offices and powers to Christ. 5) Obedience to kings in unlawful acts is rebellion against Christ.

("Samuel Rutherford: The works of Samuel Rutherford" joshuaredivivus.wordpress.com/lex-rex/

"He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" Micah 6:8