Explaining Why God Punishes us With Vile Polititicans

Wicked politicians are indeed appointed by God, but it is in his anger, and because we do not deserve to be placed under his government. He gives a loose rein to tyrants and wicked men, in order to punish our ingratitude, as if he had forsaken or ceased to govern us. — John Calvin

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Everyone wants tyranny to be abolished; but when they are set free, they cannot bear this either. Therefore he concedes that wicked politicians exist in order to punish their subjects, but he also teaches that one should nevertheless put up with them. — Martin Luther

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Wicked men love wicked politicians for being the servants of satan; but faithful men must honour and obey government, as an office of God. — Richard Baxter