“When [magistrates and parents] openly persecute true godliness and virtue, they remove themselves from the offices of magistrate and parents before God and their own consciences, and instead of an ordinance of God they become an ordinance of the devil, which can and ought to be resisted in an orderly manner according to one’s vocation.”
“The truth is not conquered by strength of arms. Military victory cannot change anything about what is true nor does it always accompany the truth.”
The authority of the civil government is not absolute. We do not recognize the civil government’s authority to order our churches to require masks.