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Matt Trewhella was born in 1960, and raised in the city of Detroit, Michigan. His parents were divorced at a young age. He lived a life of sin and crime, including being part of a gang on the east side of Detroit. In 1978 he was converted to Christ - a radical transformation in his life! He married Clara Tolnai in 1981, and they have eleven children and ten grandchildren. Matt has been the pastor of Mercy Seat Christian Church http://mercyseat.net since 1988. He is the founder of Missionaries to the Preborn http://missionariestopreborn.com which is a pro-life group located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he and his wife reside. His actions on behalf of the preborn is what first interested him in governmental matters. Matt served 14 months in jail for interposing at the doors of abortion clinics. Matt preaches regularly and writes articles. Believing that Christianity should impact every area of his life and every area of life, he has commenced http://lessermagistrate.com. His desire is to live a godly life by being a faithful husband and father and both build and leave a legacy through their family. He is at war with Pietism.
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  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (August 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482327686
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482327687
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By DocJohnston on August 14, 2013
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This book has the potential to be the most influential book in this generation. It not only makes the right diagnosis and prognosis for what ails our nation, but it prescribes the right solution. Every Republican, every religious conservative knows that something is horribly wrong with the direction our nation is going. For lack of moral clarity, some just can put their finger on it, but they fear for the future of liberty. Others see the symptoms more clearly. We abort over a million babies a year. Our welfare and unemployment rolls are growing. The national debt is skyrocketing uncontrollably. The government is getting bigger and bigger, with no end in sight. Same-sex marriage advocates are gaining ground in our legislatures and courtrooms and traditional marriages are failing. In our big cities, most babies are born out of wedlock. The morality of our youth declines parallel to the decline of the quality of public education. In the name of fighting terrorism, soldiers fight and die to uphold U.N. mandates in unconstitutional wars, and habeus corpus has been suspended for American citizens. The Constitutional is trampled underfoot by godless Marxists in Washington, D.C. With Obama in the White House, we are one terrorist attack away from disarmament. The future of liberty is bleak indeed.

What can we do?

"When the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?" the psalmist asks.

Read this timely book to discover the remedy. Rather than just curse the darkness, Pastor Matthew Trewhella turns to Scripture and church history to unveil the God-prescribed blueprint for turning tyranny on its head and establishing once again, "one nation under God" and "liberty and justice for all." The bleakness fades in the illumination of divine truth, and in the faith to trust God's promises for what ails us.

Dr. Patrick Johnston
Personhood Ohio
Assn. of Pro-Life Physicians
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Thomas M. Braun on October 18, 2013
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This book soundly defines the duty of the just to counter the designs of the wicked in our society. Get this book and re-ignite the fire to re-claim our independence as a people. True political freedom can come no other way than by the precepts expounded upon in this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rob Donnell on March 5, 2014
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The book is well written, easy to read, and well supported with historical and practical illustrations and documentation. The reader will need to read a substantial portion of it to gain an adequate perception of the principles and issues on which it is focused. There is a graphic and startling description in appendix D, "The Interposition of the Military," which may understandably shock some people--to the extent that some may question the author's wisdom in including it. However, it is true and expressed using technically proper diction and is no doubt intended to indeed startle the reader into full realization of just exactly what is going on. I intend to use the book as a secondary college textbook for a class I am teaching on issues of constitutional law and citizen participation in government. I recommend the book to mature individuals concerned about our eroding personal freedoms in this country.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Bunyan on November 14, 2013
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This IS the answer. This is the lawful and effective way to restore freedom and bind back encroaching government. This is the manly way to preserve civil freedom, and bring light to hinder unjust "laws." Read it, send it to legislators. Legislators, apply it. You are in office as a God-appointed steward to act righteously and legally, protecting the people of your jurisdiction from tyranny.

Do not miss this book! Read it! Teach it! Spread it far and wide, until the "simple ploughman" in America can once again intelligently discuss the proper role of civil government and the relations of the various branches and jurisdictions with any would-be politician soliciting votes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kernelp on April 1, 2015
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I wrote an article a couple of decades ago for a reformed journal in which I discussed the doctrine of the lesser magistrate. Having been Reformed for only a few years I didn’t know better. The lesser magistrate is the official who executes something. The something is the object under examination. I suggest the better title of the doctrine is the doctrine of interposition. Larry Pratt, Executive director of GOA, spoke on this at the National Reform Association in the late 90s and at the Appalachian Conference to Rebuild America in 2000. The latter lecture is on Sermon Audio. http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=3170575441

Trewhella’s book has some strong points but is disappointing for several reasons. He missed the most important act of interposition in history, Christ’s interposition between the wrath of God and the Elect. He missed several others which were significant in modern history.

While he mentioned Duplesis de Mornay, reputed author of Vindiciae Contra Tyrannos (1579), he failed to discuss the circumstances around this work, the wars of the Huguenots. I paraphrase R.J. Rushdoony’s comments. This work was considered by John Adams as one of the most influential publications during the era on the eve of the War for Independence. Four tenets were established. First, any ruler who commands anything contrary to the law of God thereby forfeits his realm. Second, rebellion is refusal to obey God, for we ought to obey God rather than man. To obey the ruler who commands contrary to God’s law is the real rebellion. Third, since God’s law is the fundamental law and the only true source of law, neither king nor subject is exempt from it, war is sometimes required in order to defend God’s law against the ruler.
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