Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Richard Cameron: those who trust in Christ alone for societal salvation elect biblically qualified rulers

by Daniel F. N. Ritchie
Reformed Worldview Books
Reformed Covenanter

Richard Cameron believed that those who trust in Christ alone for societal salvation will only vote for those whom Christ has designated in his word as fit for magisterial office; to vote for anyone else is trusting in unlawful means, and thus making a messiah out of a politician. Listen carefully to his reasoning:
Ye will not look to Christ, and yet there is no other ye can have help from but from Him.  There is none to help you at all, except you acknowledge Him as your King and Head, and except you acknowledge no other magistrate but according to what He ordains in His word.  See what David says, “He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.”  Compare this with “Moreover, thou shalt provide out of all the people, able men, such as fear God, men of truth hating covetousness.  Therefore let the fear of God be upon you, take heed, and do it, for there is no iniquity with the Lord your God.”  Ye see such should be men that fear God, and men of truth.  Oh, take heed and consider what you are doing!  Cry unto the Lord, and let us fight against these wicked rulers with the weapons of the spiritual warfare, the arms of secret prayer.  Let us pray unto the Lord to cut them off, and the Lord will raise up those that will condemn and despise them.
Richard Cameron, ‘Sermon on Hosea 13:9-10 (1680)′ in Sermons in times of persecution in Scotland, by sufferers for the royal prerogatives of Jesus Christ, ed. James Kerr (Edinburgh, 1880), p. 417.

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