The Powers That Be

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(From the Interrogation of John Bunyan before Paul Cobb, Magistrate)


Cobb:  You know, saith he, that the Scripture saith, the powers that are, are ordained of God.

Bunyan:  I said, yes, and that I was to submit to the King as supreme, also to governors, as to them that are sent by him.

Cobb:  Well then, said he, the King commands you, that you should not have any private meetings; because it is against his law, and he is ordained of God, therefore you should not have any.

Bunyan:  I told him, that Paul did own the powers that were in his day, as to be of God; and yet he was often in prison under them for all that.  And also, though Jesus Christ told Pilate, that he had no power against him, but of God, yet He died under the same Pilate …


                — from John Bunyan, Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners  

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