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States Are Overthrown By God Because Of Their Sins

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In order to understand the nature and greatness of the state that was first undermined by religious discord and other monstrous crimes, and then altogether destroyed by the surreptitious entry of the Anabaptist plague, this chapter points out first how the city started, and then how it came to flourish more than the other cities of Westphalia. For a comparison of its greatness and superiority with the lowly start of the disaster will easily show that it was not by human planning but by the action of God on account of crimes and outrageous sins that so outstanding a city was overturned. This is how the face of the Roman state was changed by the lechery of Sextus Tarquinius alone. It is quite clear from these events that no great and flourishing state (like the city of Münster) is thrown into chaos and overturned by God without cause.

Keywords: Anabaptist; crimes; God; outrageous sins; Westphalia



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