The Biblical Doctrine of Civil Government
There are six forms of government that the Puritans thought were basic to man’s life. A self-government of the Christian man, the family, the church, the school, the community, one’s calling and finally there was another form of government they spoke about, but only with this term: civil government. They never called it government. And why do we call it government now? The government? Because it is taking over the government of the individual, of the family, the church, the school, the job, the community. It’s the government as though it were God.