Our Rights are God-Given, Not Man-Given

M. Russell BallardCalled Unto Liberty, 20th Century Sermons, M. Russell Ballard

The principles and philosophies upon which the U.S. constitutional law is based are not simply the result of the best efforts of a remarkable group of brilliant men. They were inspired by God, and the rights and privileges guaranteed in the Constitution are God-given, not man-derived. The freedom and independence afforded by the Constitution and Bill of Rights are divine rights—sacred, essential, and inalienable. In the 98th section of the Doctrine and Covenants, the Lord indicates that the “law of the land which is constitutional, supporting that principle of freedom in maintaining rights and privileges, belongs to all mankind, and is justifiable before me.” (D&C 98:5.)


Source: Excerpt from M. Russell Ballard, Religion in a Free Society, Ensign October 1992. M. Russell Ballard is a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


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