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The Religious Duty of Obedience to Law A Sermon by Ichabod S. Spencer Preached In The Second Presbyterian Church In Brooklyn, Nov. 24, 1850   By:

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FUGITIVE SLAVE LAW.

THE

Religious Duty

OF

OBEDIENCE TO LAW:

A

SERMON,

Preached in the Second Presbyterian Church

IN BROOKLYN, NOV. 24, 1850.

BY ICHABOD S. SPENCER, D.D.

NEW YORK: PUBLISHED BY M.W. DODD, BRICK CHURCH CHAPEL, CITY HALL SQUARE, OPPOSITE THE CITY HALL. 1850.

TO THE REV. DR. SPENCER:

The undersigned having listened, with much pleasure and as we hope profit, to the Sermon which you delivered yesterday morning, most respectfully request a copy of the same for publication, believing that much good may be done to the cause of Religion and Law, by the dissemination of the truths expressed therein.

Brooklyn, Monday, Nov, 25, 1850.

JASPER CORNING, FRANCIS H. ABBOTT, LEBBEUS CHAPMAN, F. DEMING, GEORGE A. TALBOT, A.M. FENBY, THOMAS COCHRAN, WM. BARBOUR, J.B. WICKHAM, SAMUEL HUTCHINSON, WM. H. AMES, L. HOPKINS, JARVIS BRUSH, S.N. BROWN, GEORGE P. LORD, H.K. CORNING, THOS. BAYLIS, W.K. BROWN, M.S. GOODMAN, JAS. WILDE, JR., GEO. A. TOWNSEND, DAVID B. BAYLIS, HENRY W. BARNES, ELI MERRILL, W.M. SANDS, ISAAC OTIS, ALANSON TRASK, CHARLES CLARK, JOHN T. LAWRENCE, A.S. MARVIN, WM. M. HARRIS, R.R. FIELD, SAMUEL T. HUBBARD, RICHARD W. HUBBARD, A.G. TRASK, JOHN H. PRENTICE, WALDO HUTCHINS, E.L. BUSHNELL, SUMNER STONE, JOSEPH STEELE, JAS. McLEAN, J.C. MEEKER, J.S. PIERSON, A.G. JENNINGS, JR., B.W. DELAMATER, W. SPENCER, J.C. DURYEA, A. CRITTENDEN, HENRY ROWLAND, WM. BULLARD, JN. BULLARD, JR.

To JASPER CORNING, Esq., AND OTHERS:

GENTLEMEN The sermon which you have requested, prepared without a single thought of its publication, and amid a pressure of other duties, I submit to your disposal; governed more by your judgment than my own, in reference to its fitness for the press.

Yours, very truly, I.S. SPENCER.

Brooklyn, Nov. 26, 1850.

SERMON.

Titus, III. 1. Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers to obey magistrates, to be ready for every good work.

Ro. xiii. 1 7. Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God, the powers that be, are ordained of God. Whosoever, therefore, resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God, and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation: (harm, loss, or ruin). For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good and thou shalt have praise of the same: for he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience' sake. For, for this cause pay ye tribute also, for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.

There are two great classes of human duty. One of them embraces duties which we owe to God, the other embraces duties which we owe to men.

This classification of duties received the sanction of Jesus Christ, when he spake of loving the Lord our God with all our heart , as the spirit and sum of the one class of duties, and of loving our neighbor as ourselves , as the spirit and sum of the other class of duties. It had also been previously taught at Mount Sinai, when God gave to Moses the two tables of the law the one enjoining our duty to God, the other enjoining our duty to man.

This classification of duties is not arbitrary. It is founded on truth and nature. Men have relations to God, as their Creator, Upholder, Governor, Redeemer, and rightful Judge; and they are bound to recognize these relations, and feel and act accordingly. Men hold relations to one another, as parents, children, citizens, rulers, and subjects; and they are bound to recognize these relations, and feel and act accordingly... Continue reading book >>




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