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Church and State


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Church and State

  2. 2. FORSOOK NOT <ul><li>“ Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness , and forsook not the ordinance of their God : they ask of me the ordinances of justice ; they take delight in approaching to God .” </li></ul>
  3. 3. NO GRANTS OR GIFTS <ul><li>“ That we ought not as a denomination either to seek or to accept from any civil government , chief, ruler, or royal chartered company, supreme, local, or otherwise, any gift , or donation , concession , grant , either of land , money , credit , special privilege , or other thing of value , to which we are not in common with all others justly entitled as men without any reference to our religious profession or religious work .” </li></ul>
  4. 4. LAW & ORDER <ul><li>“ Those who honor the Bible Sabbath will be denounced as enemies of law and order, as breaking down the moral restraints of society , causing anarchy and corruption, and calling down the judgments of God upon the earth. Their conscientious scruples will be pronounced obstinacy, stubbornness, and contempt of authority. They will be accused of disaffection toward the government .” … </li></ul>
  5. 5. MINISTERS DENY <ul><li>“ Ministers who deny the obligation of the divine law will present from the pulpit the duty of yielding obedience to the civil authorities as ordained of God . In legislative halls and courts of justice, commandment-keepers will be censured and misrepresented. A false coloring will be given to their words; the worst possible construction will be put upon their motives.” </li></ul>
  6. 6. PREDICTION THAT CHURCH <ul><li>“ Heretofore those who presented the truths of the third message have often been regarded as mere alarmists. The prediction that Church and State would unite to persecute those who keep the commandments of God has been pronounced groundless and absurd . It has been confidently declared that this land could never become other than what it has been, the defender of religious freedom.” … </li></ul>
  7. 7. PREDICTION THAT CHURCH <ul><li>“ But as the question of enforcing Sunday observance is widely agitated, the event so long doubted and disbelieved is seen to be approaching, and the third message produces an effect which it could not have had before .” </li></ul>
  8. 8. NATIONAL APOSTASY <ul><li>“ With rapid steps we are approaching this period. When Protestant churches shall unite with the secular power to sustain a false religion, for opposing which their ancestors endured the fiercest persecution, then will the papal Sabbath be enforced by the combined authority of church and state. There will be a national apostasy, which will end only in national ruin .” </li></ul>
  9. 9. CONGRESS STATES <ul><li>“ Mr. Jones: The commandment says the seventh day; but in the face of this plain declaration of the Lord that the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord, the Senate has put its own interpretation upon that commandment, and has declared that the statement that &quot;the seventh day is the Sabbath&quot; means &quot;the first day of the week, commonly called Sunday.&quot; Thus the Congress of the United States has taken the fourth commandment from the Bible and put it into its legislation, and has put its own interpretation upon that statute.” </li></ul>
  10. 10. CONGRESS STATES <ul><li>“ If Congress can interpret the Bible on one point, it can interpret it on every other point. So that when it went beyond the Constitution of this country in this thing, it has put itself and the government in line with all the Church-and-State governments that have ever been and has assumed to itself to be the interpreter of the Bible for all the people in the land and for all who come into the land. That is what has been done.” </li></ul>
  11. 11. TWO GREAT CLASSES <ul><li>“ In the issue of the contest all Christendom will be divided into two great classes--those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus, and those who worship the beast and his image and receive his mark . Although church and state will unite their power to compel &quot;all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond&quot; (Revelation 13:16), to receive &quot;the mark of the beast,&quot; yet the people of God will not receive it.” </li></ul>
  12. 12. TWO GREAT CLASSES <ul><li>“ The prophet of Patmos beholds &quot;them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God&quot; and singing the song of Moses and the Lamb. Revelation 15:2, 3.” </li></ul>
  13. 13. ROME IS AIMING <ul><li>“ And let it be remembered, it is the boast of Rome that she never changes. The principles of Gregory VII and Innocent III are still the principles of the Roman Catholic Church. And had she but the power, she would put them in practice with as much vigor now as in past centuries. Protestants little know what they are doing when they propose to accept the aid of Rome in the work of Sunday exaltation . While they are bent upon the accomplishment of” ... </li></ul>
  14. 14. ROME IS AIMING <ul><li>“ their purpose, Rome is aiming to re-establish her power, to recover her lost supremacy . Let the principle once be established in the United States that the church may employ or control the power of the state; that religious observances may be enforced by secular laws; in short, that the authority of church and state is to dominate the conscience, and the triumph of Rome in this country is assured .” </li></ul>
  15. 15. NATIONAL APOSTASY <ul><li>“ With rapid steps we are approaching this period. When Protestant churches shall unite with the secular power to sustain a false religion, for opposing which their ancestors endured the fiercest persecution, then will the papal Sabbath be enforced by the combined authority of church and state. There will be a national apostasy, which will end only in national ruin .” </li></ul>
  16. 16. LAST GREAT CONFLICT <ul><li>“ The trying experiences that came to God's people in the days of Esther, were not peculiar to that age alone. The Revelator, looking down the ages to the close of time, declared by inspiration, &quot;The dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.&quot; In the near future we shall see these words fulfilled, as the Protestant churches unite ”... </li></ul>
  17. 17. LAST GREAT CONFLICT <ul><li>“ with the world and with the papal power against commandment-keepers. The same spirit that actuated those who persecuted the true church in ages past , will lead Protestants to pursue a similar course toward those who will maintain their loyalty to God. Church and state are now making preparations for the last great conflict .” </li></ul>
  18. 18. CHURCH & STATE UNITE <ul><li>“ The dignitaries of church and state will unite to bribe, persuade, or compel all classes to honor the Sunday. The lack of divine authority will be supplied by oppressive enactments. Political corruption is destroying love of justice and regard for truth; and even in free America, rulers and legislators, in order to secure public favor, will yield to the popular demand for a law enforcing Sunday observance. Liberty of conscience, which has cost so great a sacrifice, will no longer be respected.” … </li></ul>
  19. 19. CHURCH & STATE UNITE <ul><li>“ In the soon-coming conflict we shall see exemplified the prophet's words: &quot;The dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.&quot; Revelation 12:17.” </li></ul>
  20. 20. TEACHING SEPARATION <ul><li>“ In teaching the separation of church and state, some had urged that to be consistent in our dealings with the government , we should insist upon paying taxes on our church and sanitarium properties, even though these might be by law exempt from taxation.” </li></ul>
  21. 21. INTENSIFY SIN <ul><li>“ Satan deceives and corrupts the world and makes men believe that they are sinless and holy while sinning against God , but in so doing he is only carrying on his original work. He has introduced no new arguments , he has created no new empire of darkness from which to draw supplies for the furtherance of his deceptions . And sin that was sin in the beginning is sin to-day ; and sin, the apostle declares, is the transgression of God's law . In these days it is Satan's determined purpose to intensify sin by making it legal in the children of disobedience .” </li></ul>
  22. 22. INTENSIFY SIN <ul><li>“ He is to reveal to the world and to heaven what is the order and result of a government carried on according to his ideas of administration and law. He is working with secret yet with intense zeal in both Church and State , to cause men to throw off all the restraints of God's law, and take a decided stand with him in the ranks of rebellion; but when his work is accomplished, the Lord will interpose, and vindicate his honor as the supreme Ruler of the universe.” </li></ul>
  23. 23. RECOGNIZED & OBEYED <ul><li>“ The business world does not lie outside the limits of God's government. Christianity is not to be merely paraded on the Sabbath and displayed in the sanctuary ; it is for every day in the week and for every place. Its claims must be recognized and obeyed in the workshop, at home, and in business transactions with brethren and with the world. With many, an absorbing worldliness eclipses the true sense of Christian obligation. The religion of Christ will have such an influence upon the heart that it will control the life .” … </li></ul>
  24. 24. RECOGNIZED & OBEYED <ul><li>“ Men possessing the genuine article of true religion will in all their business transactions show as clear a perception of right as when offering their supplications at the throne of grace. The life , with all its capabilities , belongs to God , and should be used to promote His glory , instead of being perverted to the service of Satan in defrauding our fellow men .” </li></ul>
  25. 25. ENTIRELY SEPARATE <ul><li>“ So long as the Church keeps herself entirely separate from the State, she can consistently and rightly disregard any and all legislative acts, judicial decrees or executive powers put forth upon religious questions [or that touch religious practices]; because she ever denies the right of government to touch religion or any religious question in any way.” </li></ul>
  26. 26. ENTIRELY SEPARATE <ul><li>“ But when she forgets her place and her high privileges and herself actually invites governmental jurisdiction of religious observances, she then, by so doing, and in justice forfeits her power of protest and her right to disregard governmental commands in things religious, while in fact and in practice she refuses to let it go, so that whenever the government does not do according to her will, she openly and intentionally disregards the very authority which she herself has invoked. She thus becomes the chiefest example and source of lawlessness and the swiftest instrument of governmental ruin.” </li></ul>
  27. 27. POWER OF GOD <ul><li>“ This power of God which raised us in Christ above all the principalities and powers and might and dominion that are in this world, is what we are studying tonight. Therefore we must study first what is the nature of these principalities and powers which are in this world. Before this, however, let us notice once more that there stands the fact that in Christ we have and are to know what is the power which raises us in Him and with Him,” … </li></ul>
  28. 28. POWER OF GOD <ul><li>“ above all principalities and power and might and dominion that are in this world. There is a separation of church and state; there is a separation from the world, that puts us in the place where we have better protection than from the powers of this world. There stands this fact of faith.” </li></ul>
  29. 29. HASTENING OR … <ul><li>“ Those who think of the result of hastening or hindering the gospel think of it in relation to themselves and to the world. Few think of its relation to God. Few give thought to the suffering that sin has caused our Creator. All heaven suffered in Christ's agony; but that suffering did not begin or end with His manifestation in humanity. The cross is a revelation to our dull senses of the pain that, from its very inception, sin has brought to the heart of God. Every departure from the right,” </li></ul>
  30. 30. HINDERING THE WORK <ul><li>“ every deed of cruelty, every failure of humanity to reach His ideal, brings grief to Him. When there came upon Israel the calamities that were the sure result of separation from God,--subjugation by their enemies, cruelty, and death, --it is said that &quot;His soul was grieved for the misery of Israel.&quot; &quot;In all their affliction He was afflicted: . . . and He bare them, and carried them all the days of old.&quot; Judges 10:16; Isaiah 63:9. .” </li></ul>