What is the Biblical definition of a civil magistrate? Should Christians be subject to them? Should civil governments be subject to God? Is physical resistance to authority ever justifiable? If so, under what circumstances? And what is the Christian's role in the civil sphere?
Sixteenth century Swiss Reformer Pierre Viret once expressed his feelings on political turmoil: "By nature I have always loved peace, and was always horrified at all dissensions and troubles." But despite the man's peace-loving nature, God placed Viret in some of the most politically tumultuous situations imaginable. In these times, Viret was compelled to search the Scriptures so that he might instruct his congregations and countless others about civil magistrates and the Christian's duty to them.
In The Christian and the Magistrate, Viret applies God's Word to civil government, war, civil disobedience, tyrants, and many other political matters.