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In the view of the Church, authority of the State is included in the authority of Jesus o Apart from the Church, the legitimacy of the State becomes questionable Church remains as the basis of all states, while politics change and states rise and fall Essential service which the Church owes the State: prayers o The more unworthy blabla Maintain and occupy its own realms as Church to secure the position of the State o Offers the best possible assistance to the establishment and maintenance of justice and law by doing so Church must show respect to the State, even when they suffer injustices o Oppose = oppose will of God Respect for the authority of the State (as demanded in Romans 13) must not be separated from the priestly function of the Church Even when the State abuses its power and opposes the Lord, Christians will continue to give the State its rights o Church must be and must remain the Church “Subjection does not mean that Christians accept the State’s undertakings against freedom of preaching justification o Respect for the power of the State means that as subjects they will not conceal and express publicly in order for preaching divine justification to continue o

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