The Confession

"We are not swayed by the majesty or wealth of anyone."

-The Magdeburg Confession, 1550

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In 1548, Charles V issued his infamous Augsburg Interim - an attempt to smash the Protestant Reformation. While all of Protestant Germany conformed to his decree, one city decided to take a stand and resist his authority - the City of Magdeburg.

The pastors of Magdeburg issued their Confession and Defense of the Pastors and Other Ministers of the Church of Magdeburg on April 13, 1550 AD.

Five months after issuing their Confession, Charles V’s forces marched on Magdeburg. The people of Magdeburg burned everything outside the city walls and closed the city gates.

The siege of Magdeburg had begun.


“To resist a tyrant, is not to resist God, nor yet His ordinance.”

 What constitutes a tyrannical government? How and when are Christians to respond and act when a government does become tyrannical? Are Christians to have unlimited obedience to the State?

These questions and others were addressed and answered by the pastors in their Confession. In defiance of Charles V’s tyranny, they declared “Divine laws necessarily trump human ones.”

The Magdeburg Confession is the first document in the history of man to set forth
the Lesser Magistrate Doctrine.

 

Their consciences were resolute because of their fealty to Christ, and they stood their ground because they understood the doctrine of the lesser magistrate.

What the pastors of Magdeburg wrote in the Confession impacted men like John Knox, Theodore Beza and Phillip Mornay. The repercussions of the The Magdeburg Confession were felt throughout Western Civilization all the way to the founding of America as a nation. For over 460 years, the Confession has existed only in Latin and German. Now English-speaking people can read it for themselves. This is the first English translation of The Magdeburg Confession ever written.

The Lesser Magistrate Doctrine

 

The Lesser Magistrate Doctrine teaches that when a superior authority makes unjust laws or decrees, the lesser authority has a God-given right and duty to resist those unjust laws or decrees.

The Lesser Magestrate Doctrine and the Magdeburg Confession, Pastor Matt TrewhellaThe Doctrine of the Lesser Magistrates: A Proper Resistance to Tyranny and a Repudiation of Unlimited Obedience to Civil Government

by Matt Trewhella

This book places in your hands a hopeful blueprint for freedom. Appealing to history and the Word of God, Pastor Matthew Trewhella shows how Americans can successfully resist the Federal government’s attempts to trample our Constitution, assault our liberty, and impugn the law of God.

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Be sure to visit the web site for articles, videos and up to date commentary regarding the Doctrine in our day - LesserMagistrate.com

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Books

This is the first ever English translation of the historic Magdeburg Confession, translated from a 1550 Latin original. The Magdeburg Confession, written in response to Holy Roman Emperor's attempt to impose Catholic doctrines upon the city of Magdeburg, is perhaps one of the best examples of the lesser magistrate doctrine in action.

This book places in your hands a hopeful blueprint for freedom. Appealing to history and the Word of God, Pastor Matthew Trewhella answers the questions reagarding tyranny in our day 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.