What is the principle of Lower Magistrate?

LFC Comments written by “A Watchman on the Wall”:

Thanks to Tom Niewullis of Geauga County for this submission..

LFC has written several articles wondering if Sheriff Frank Leonbruno will execute an unlawful order by the Governor against the citizens of Lake County. We did speak to a Lake County Deputy Sheriff that was stationed outside a Giant Eagle Supermarket in the role of the “mask police”. He was asked by the supermarket to ensure that the citizens wore their masks into the store. The Deputy told us that they will make sure that the citizens follow the law – even though he acknowledged that the mask mandate was NOT A LAW!

So if you are wondering if Sheriff Frank Leonbruno is a constitutional Sheriff, we have our answer. As he stated publicly: “He will always follow the law!” We can now add “even if the government orders are not a law”!

Our guess is that his knees will buckle when the Governor gives an order – legal or not.



Written by Rev. Rusty Lee Thomas of Elijah Ministries

“I think we would all agree that we live in tumultuous times that threaten our life, liberty, and property. Most of us suspect that our future and hope stands in jeopardy. In light of these concerns, it would be prudent to address the critical nature of the Lower Magistrate Doctrine.”


“In essence, the teaching of this doctrine declares that when a superior civil authority, such as our federal government, makes unjust/immoral decrees, the lesser authority, such as a governor of a state or a sheriff on a county level, has the right to refuse all unlawful orders. If pushed by the higher authority, the lesser magistrate has the duty to actively resist tyranny in order to protect the life, liberty, and property of those they swore an oath to serve.”


“Historically, this doctrine was practiced before the time of Christ. It was Christian men, however, that formulized it and embedded it in their political institutions throughout Western civilization.”

…”it is important to note that the Lower Magistrate Doctrine is rooted in the concept of interposition. Interposition is demonstrated when someone or some group positions themselves between an oppressor and their intended victim.”

“For the last several decades, America has forgotten these Biblical and historical realities. In our great folly, we have given God our official eviction notice, “Get out of our schools, get out of our government, and get out of the public life of our nation.” Do you think it is a coincidence that we are resorting back to tyranny where we are once again ruled by the whims of men rather than by the rule of law?”

“The problem is America still desires the fruits of Christianity, its protection, prosperity, and blessings, we just don’t want the root, which is Christ our Lord. Only One Nation under God can balance the tension between authority and liberty. Only One Nation under God can secure social order on one hand and maximum individual freedom on the other hand. No other faith, worldview, and religion can accomplish this in our poor-fallen world. We have forgotten these truths to our own demise.”

“This leads to my last admonishment, which is what we can do as citizens? First, I highly recommend you pass on this message to others. Second, we must remonstrate like those who have gone before us. This teaching must spread far and wide. Make sure your family, friends, churches, and Tea Party groups have the books I suggested. We must be schooled in these principles and pass them on to Lower Magistrates, such as Governors, State Legislators, Sheriff’s Departments, and local police officers. We need to encourage them to take a righteous stand against tyranny and assure them that we will stand with them in the defense of our lives, liberty, and property in Jesus’ name! “


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