Chapter 20, Of Christian Liberty, and Liberty of Conscience, opens with a thunderclap:
God alone is Lord of the conscience, and hath left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men, which are, in anything, contrary to His Word; or beside it, if matters of faith, or worship. So that, to believe such doctrines, or to obey such commands, out of conscience, is to betray true liberty of conscience: and the requiring of an implicit faith, and an absolute blind obedience, is to destroy liberty of conscience, and reason also. (WCF 20:2)
This statement throws down the guantlet of Christ’s Lordship. It is a demand of genuine fealty, pronouncing all legal positivism and obedience thereto to be the creeds of foreign gods.
Per Blackstone, this is the same basis on which all Christian civilization subsists:
This law of nature, being coeval with mankind and dictated by God himself, is of course superior in obligation to any other. It is binding over all the globe in all countries, and at all times: no human laws are of any validity, if contrary to this: and such of them
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