EXTRACTS FROM MATTHEW HENRY ON JAMES 4. 11-12.
“There is one Lawgiver”. God is still to be acknowledged as the supreme lawgiver, who only can give law to the conscience, and who alone is to be absolutely obeyed. His right to enact laws is incontestable, because He has such a power to enforce them.
Since there is one Lawgiver, we may infer that it is not for any man or company of men in the world, to pretend to give laws immediately to bind conscience; for that is God’s prerogative, which must not be invaded.
Let us not prescribe to our brethren, let us not censure and condemn them; it is sufficient that we have the law of God, which is a rule to us all; and therefore we should not set up other rules. Let us not presume to set up our own particular notions and opinions as a rule to all about us, for, “There is one Lawgiver.”