by Michael Daniels
It is never a fun job to have to write an article against those whom you consider friends. It is with a heavy heart and burden that I take up the pen and now write. The issue before me is regarding a debate within Covenanter circles about the limitation of the role of civil government, and how that intersects with other ordained spheres of authority that God ordains, as well as how much of God’s moral law that the civil magistrate may enforce. Many of these issues deal with welfare concerns. Does the civil government have a role and function in education? What about helping the poor? But it also deals with issues that relate to moral laws of God that do not have a defined civil penalty attached.