WCF 23.4

October 12, 2014

Westminster Confession of Faith

Chapter 23: Of the Civil Magistrate

4: It is the duty of people to pray for magistrates,[467] to honor their persons,[468] to pay them tribute or other dues,[469] to obey their lawful commands, and to be subject to their authority, for conscience’ sake.[470] Infidelity, or difference in religion, does not make void the magistrates’ just and legal authority, nor free the people from their due obedience to them:[471] from which ecclesiastical persons are not exempted,[472] much less has the Pope any power and jurisdiction over them in their dominions, or over any of their people; and, least of all, to deprive them of their dominions, or lives, if he shall judge them to be heretics, or upon any other pretence whatsoever.[473]

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