14: Bible Sabbath and Freedom
Freedom is Falling
Our Freedom to Worship, Believe and Teach According to Conscience
It was NOT Sunday keeping that made America great--it was the Constitution! Now she is ready to throw it away!
"Satan’s skill is exercised in devising plans and methods without number to accomplish his purposes. He works to restrict religious liberty and to bring into the religious world a species of slavery. Organizations, institutions, unless kept by the power of God, will work under Satan’s dictation to bring men under the control of men; and fraud and guile will bear the semblance of zeal for truth and for the advancement of the kingdom of God. Whatever in our practice is not as open as the day belongs to the methods of the prince of evil. . .
"Men fall into error by starting with false premises and then bringing everything to bear to prove the error true. In some cases the first principles have a measure of truth interwoven with the error; but it leads to no just action; and this is why men are misled. They desire to reign and become a power, and, in the effort to justify their principles, they adopt the methods of Satan. . .
"If men resist the warnings the Lord sends them, they become even leaders in evil practices; such men assume to exercise the prerogatives of God—they presume to do that which God Himself will not do in seeking to control the minds of men. Thus they follow in the track of Romanism. They introduce their own methods and plans, and through their misconceptions of God they weaken the faith of others in the truth and bring in false principles that work like leaven to taint and corrupt institutions and churches.
"Anything that lowers man’s conception of righteousness and equity and impartial judgment, any device or precept that brings God’s human agents under the control of human minds, impairs their faith in God, and separates the soul from Him.
"God will not vindicate any device whereby man shall in the slightest degree rule or oppress his fellow man. As soon as a man begins to make an iron rule for other men, he dishonors God and imperils his own soul and the souls of his brethren." – 7T 180 - 181
Stories and Articles
Go Stand and Speak!
“The doctrine which, from the very first origin of religious dissension, has been held by all bigots of all sects, when condensed into a few words, and stripped of rhetorical disguise, is simply this: I am in the right, and you are in the wrong. When you are the stronger, you ought to tolerate me; for it is your duty to tolerate truth. But when I am the stronger, I shall persecute you; for it is my duty to persecute error.”—Essay on “Sir James Mackintosh,” Critical and Historical Essays (London, 1865), volume 1, pages 333, 334.
“Those who oppose this work now will discover, when the religious amendment is made to the Constitution, that if they do not see fit to fall in line with the majority, they must abide by the consequences, or seek some more congenial clime.”—DR. DAVID MCALLISTER, in National Reform Convention at Lakeside, Ohio, August, 1887.
And I honor the man who is willing to
Half his present repute for the freedom to think,
And when he has thought, be his cause strong or weak,
Will risk t’other half for the freedom to speak,
Caring nought for what vengeance the mob has in store,
Let the mob be the upper ten thousand or lower.
–James Russell Lowell.
THE best test of genuine religion is its ability to stand on its own merits.
The man who has the greatest charity for man, serves God the best.
True religion never knocks at the door of Caesar’s chamber for legislative sanction.
Truth never asks for legal aid, only for a fair field in its contest with error.
A legal religion will never supply the lack of moral backbone.
If government is to keep out of the realm of religion, the church must keep out of the arena of politics.
The free exercise of a natural right never injures anyone, nor does it do violence to morality.
Ambition becomes a deadly enemy when it leads a man to trample upon the rights of others to raise himself into power.
The preacher who makes his religion legalistic, makes it repulsive; he who makes it inspirational, makes it attractive.
God never made any man great enough, good enough, or wise enough to sit in judgment upon the motives of another man.