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A Look at Government

Chapter 1: Government
Government is an institution that has been
instituted from the very beginning of time. Well,
what is government exactly? According to Noah
Webster’s 1828 Dictionary, Government is
“direction and regulation.” It is “control and
restraint”, “the exercise of authority”, “direction
and restrain exercised over the actions of men in
communities, societies, or the states”, “the exercise
of authority by a parent or householder”, “The
system of polity in a state; that form of fundamental
rules and principles by which a nation or state is
governed, or by which individual members of a
body politic are to regulate their social actions; a
constitution, either written or unwritten, by which
the rights and duties of citizens and public officers
are prescribed and defined; as a monarchial
government, or a republican government”, “an
empire, kingdom, or a state”, “the right of the
governing and administering of laws of a kingdom
or state”, or an “executive power”1. As we can see
here, the purpose of government is to exercise
restraint and authority over man. Man is inherently
sinful from birth and cannot be redeemed without
the grace of God and the blood of Jesus. Therefore,
God has established four basic forms of government
A Look at Government