Religious officials, across the spectrum, have a sinister way of endorsing cunning “rulers” while they “pass the buck” to blame God for the bad behavior of such “rulers.”
An example is John Calvin, a notable Protestant theologian, who said the following in his writings called “The Institutes.”
John Calvin, Book four, chapter 20, section 25 of the Institutes.
If Calvin and many other “religious officials” really believed in the “power of the people,” they would have said something like the following:
Calvin on Wicked Rulers and God’s Judgment