Lex Rex?

Posted By on February 25, 2010

One of the most revolutionary books ever published debuted on October 7, 1644. Prior to its publication it was an accepted fact in Europe that the king, or queen, was above the law. In fact, it was accepted and taught the king made the law, and as God’s representative had to answer to no one for his, or her actions. In Latin this was called Rex Lex, or The King is Law.

Samuel Rutherford rocked the world by writing, and publishing Lex Rex, or The Law and the Prince. Reverend Rutherford paid dearly for this. Yet, his book spread throughout England, where it was eventually picked up by John Locke. Mr. Locke secularized the concepts in his various works. Both of these men’s works came to the colonies in America, and they sparked the fledgling fires of independence.

The main concept brought forth within this work are Nature’s Law (see the US Declaration of Independence), no man is above the law and Law is not arbitrary but fixed by a source more mighty than man.

We need a restoration of the concepts of Lex Rex to our supposedly modern and enlightened world. The all three branches of our Federal Government perform actions for which they are not held accountable. Congress passes laws mandating, restricting or further limiting our actions, BUT they exempt themselves from the same laws. The Executive Brance issues Executive Orders as a way of circumventing the legislative actions of Congress. The Courts in turn issue rulings which are arbitrary, at best, and believe that law is what they say it is, rather than Law being above them.

Let’s return to the principles of Lex Rex. It is a very difficult read, but you may find it on our Recommended Reading page.

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