Saturday, October 19, 2013

When I speak of the Christian religion as the basis of government... I mean primitive Christianity in its simplicity

When I speak of the Christian religion as the basis of government, I do no mean an ecclesiastical establishment, a creed, or rites, forms, and ceremonies, or any compulsion of conscience.  I mean primitive Christianity in its simplicity as taught by Christ and His apostles, consisting in belief in the being, perfections and moral government of God; in the revelation of His will to men, as their supreme rule of action; in man’s accountability to God for his conduct in life; and in the indispensable obligation of all men to yield entire obedience to God’s commands in the moral law and in the Gospel.