Robert Leighton on limited obedience to those in authority

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All obedience to men is limited thus, that it be in the Lord, and with regard to His supremacy; and therefore, no authority can oblige to the obedience of any command that crosses His. Authority is primitively and originally in God, and He gives not His glory to another. He gives not away any of His peculiar authority to man, but substitutes Him; and our first tie is to God, as His creatures, and this is universal.

The greatest kings are His vassals, and owe Him homage, and no authority derived from Him, can free us from that which we owe to Himself There is a straight line of subordination, and if superiors leave this, we are to adhere to it, looking directly to God, keeping our station.

For the reference, see Robert Leighton on limited obedience to those in authority.
 
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