• The Doctrine of the Lesser Magistrates

  • A Proper Resistance to Tyranny and a Repudiation of Unlimited Obedience to Civil Government
  • By: Matthew J. Trewhella
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Alma
  • Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (107 ratings)

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America has entered troubling times. The rule of law is crumbling. The massive expansion of Federal government power with its destructive laws and policies is of grave concern to many. But what can be done to quell the abuse of power by civil authority? Are unjust or immoral actions by the government simply to be accepted and their lawless commands obeyed? How do we know when the government has acted tyrannically? Which actions constitute proper and legitimate resistance? 

This book places in your hands a hopeful blueprint for freedom. Appealing to history and the Word of God, Pastor Matthew Trewhella answers these questions and shows how Americans can successfully resist the federal government’s attempts to trample our Constitution, assault our liberty, and impugn the law of God. The doctrine of the lesser magistrates declares that when the superior or higher civil authority makes an unjust/immoral law or decree, the lesser or lower ranking civil authority has both the right and duty to refuse obedience to that superior authority. If necessary, the lower authority may even actively resist the superior authority. 

Historically, this doctrine was practiced before the time of Christ and Christianity. It was Christian men, however, who formalized and embedded it into their political institutions throughout Western Civilization. The doctrine of the lesser magistrates is a historic tool that provides proven guidelines for proper and legitimate resistance to tyranny, often without causing any major upheaval in society. The doctrine teaches us how to rein in lawless acts by government and restore justice in our nation. 

“Use this sword against my enemies, if I give righteous commands; but if I give unrighteous commands, use it against me.” - Roman Emperor Trajan, speaking to one of his subordinates 

This is the first book published solely addressing the doctrine of the lesser magistrates in over 400 years. Matthew Trewhella is the pastor of Mercy Seat Christian Church.

©2013 Matthew Trewhella (P)2020 Matthew Trewhella

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you may want to get out a notebook.

this book is packed with info and you want a time line to keep things straight but the most amazing part is that it is pretty much spot on

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Defy Tyrants

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Loved this book!
We must obey God rather than man.
Acts 5:29

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A Must Read For Every Christian

The culture has infested the Church, causing her to be impotent and afraid of conflict. By abdicating its biblical role as a check and balance on the State, the Church has allowed wolves to abuse the sheep, and has made the proclamation of the Gospel more difficult.

The Doctrine of the Lesser Magistrate is applicable to State government, Church government, Family government, Self-government and their interactions with each other. The Doctrine of the Lesser Magistrate is a biblical concept that promotes the respect for law.

The one issue I have with this particular performance of this important book is the music played at the end of each section or chapter. The music sounds out of place and silly, and sounds more like a parody rather than reinforcing the important content of the book.

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Fantastic message that everybody needs to hear!

Awesome book! Good narration. Personally, I could have done without the bumper music in between chapters, but that's a very minor critique. Overall I highly recommend it.

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Important message, but repetitive

Great message. Well researched and annotated. Seems to have taken too long to communicate the concept and was very repetitive. The use of "quote, unquote" drove me absolutely bonkers.

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All Americans need to hear this!

This was full of excellent and really relevant information that is indisputable. Well done! I cannot recommend this more than I do.

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A must read!

Such an important book for our times! Happy to see it available in audio form. We have purchased and given away many of these books. :-)
Our church has used it as a home group study book for our small groups.

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A must read

Everyone should read this very important book. Our country is in a full blown crisis, at the brink of collapse. We need lesser magistrates to stand up now.

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Must Listen or Read

He says quote unquote so many times it’s irritating must this is a MUST for every US citizen AND act upon what you learn.

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excellent content that needs to be understood

This book clearly defines the boundary of authority the government has in the life of a Christian (and anyone with any authority), and also clearly identifies the responsibilities of a Christian to respond when government steps outside its God-given boundaries.