The redeemed have a higher authority…

The inherent independence of orthodoxy from the state is implied in its doctrines of God and redemption: Because redemption is the work whereby God himself atones for man’s sins, frees him from bondage to sin, and unites him with God, the redeemed Church and the redeemed individual have finally a higher authority than the state. While the Christian is to submit himself to the state (Romans 13), he and the Church must together repeat, at every attempt of the state to encroach on the rights of the Church, “We must obey God rather than men!” (Acts 5:29).

Calvin Beisner, from God in Three Persons, p. 141

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