Great colonial thinker Rev. Samuel Mayhew, like Sam Adams and Samuel Rutherford, delves into the Scriptural limits of submission to Earthly authority and the teaching in Romans 13. His sermon produced one of the Revolution’s most powerful slogans: “Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.” A powerful election year sermon, then and now.
One may not agree with all his interpretations of the Revelation, nor with each of his applications, but Sherwood clearly saw the scriptures as living and as applicable to his day. And his sermon was neither viewed as establishing a religion nor as running afoul of the rights of the church to freely express her opinion on a current matter. Furthermore, he heralded the call for the church to resist tyranny.