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A.T Jones-Christian Patriotism or Religion & the State

A.T Jones-Christian Patriotism or Religion & the State

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What is the danger of Church and State, and how to be faithful as a Christian exercising freedom of conscience? Read on.
What is the danger of Church and State, and how to be faithful as a Christian exercising freedom of conscience? Read on.

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CHRISTIAN PATRIOTISM OR RELIGION AND THE STATE.BY ALONZO TREVIER JONES p. 1, Para. 1, [PATRIOT].Pacific Press Publishing Co., Oakland, Cal., New YorkKansas City. 1900. p. 1, Para. 2, [PATRIOT].THE ABOVE ILLUSTRATIONS ARE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE GREATCIVILIZATIONS OF THE PAST. THE GRANDEUR, THE WEALTH, THEGLORY, THE POWER, THE PATRIOTISM OF BABYLON, ASSYRIA,PERSIA, EGYPT, GRECIA, ROME ARE SEEN AT THEIR TRUE WORTH, -- MAGNIFICENT RUINS. THESE SPEAK ELOQUENTLY OF DESOLATION AND DEATH. [Illustrations Not Available.] p. 1, Para. 3, [PATRIOT].CHRISTIAN PATRIOTISM OR Religion and the State p. 2, Para.1, [PATRIOT].INTRODUCTION p. 3, Para. 1, [PATRIOT].
Christian patriotism, loyalty to the law and government of the Most High, is the loftiest aspiration that can ever come to any soul.
p. 3, Para. 2, [PATRIOT].The separation of religion and the State is one of the most important questions that any people can ever be called upon to consider in connection with Christian patriotism; because the union of religion and the State has marked thegreatest apostasies from God, and has caused more miserythan any other thing in all history. p. 3, Para. 3,[PATRIOT].The complete separation of religion and the State isChristian. Unswerving loyalty to this principle isChristian patriotism. This is not a mere sentiment or sideissue of Christianity; it is one of the fundamental principles and chief characteristics of Christianity. p.3, Para. 4, [PATRIOT].The Bible, not merely the New Testament, but the wholeBook, is the Book of Christianity. The New Testament is nota revelation new and distinct from the Old; it is theculmination of the revelation begun in the Old Testament.
 
 p. 3, Para. 5, [PATRIOT].The Old Testament and the New are one book -- oneconsistent, harmonious revelation of God through JesusChrist; because Jesus Christ is the revelation of God  before the world was made, when the world was made, and through all the history of the world from beginning to end. p. 4, Para. 1, [PATRIOT].The first chapter of Genesis is Christian as certainly asis the first chapter of John. The book of Genesis isChristian as really as is the book of Revelation or anyother book in the Bible. We repeat, therefore, that thewhole Bible is the Book of Christianity, the Book of theChristian religion, the revelation of God through JesusChrist. p. 4, Para. 2, [PATRIOT].And the separation of religion and the State is one of thegreat thoughts of this great Book. It is one of the leading principles of that Book which for man is the source of allsound principle. p. 4, Para. 3, [PATRIOT].Many people think that the two or three expressions ofChrist as recorded in the New Testament are all that theBible contains on the subject of the separation of Churchand State; and many others are disposed even to argueagainst these passages, and to modify them by other passages from the Old Testament. But separation of religionand the State is one of the original thoughts of the Bible,and reaches from the beginning to the end of the Book; and neither the Book nor this subject can be fairly understood in reference to this matter till this is clearly defined inthe mind. p. 4, Para. 4, [PATRIOT].We purpose here to give a series of studies of the Biblefrom beginning to end, on this great subject of Christian patriotism or the separation of religion and State. p. 4,Para. 5, [PATRIOT].Being one of the great thoughts of the Bible, one of thegreat thoughts of God and of our Lord Jesus Christ, thissubject is of vital importance to men everywhere in theirrelations to God, and not merely in their relations to theState. It is a principle that is involved in the dailyexperience of the Christian in his relation to God; and not merely an abstract question that man can stand, as it were,apart from and view simply as a speculative question of the
 
relations between religion and the State. p. 5, Para. 1,[PATRIOT].The ways of God are right. His Word is the only certainlight, the only sure truth. The principles which He hasannounced are the only safe principles for the guidance of men. We hope, and shall seriously endeavor, to make eachstudy so plain that every reader can easily see and readilygrasp the truth of it in very principle. We shall begin atthe beginning. p. 5, Para. 2, [PATRIOT].CHAPTER I. p. 5, Para. 3, [PATRIOT].THE FIRST OF ALL THE COMMANDMENTS p. 6, Para. 1,[PATRIOT]."The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel, TheLord our God is one Lord; and thou shalt love the Lord thyGod with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with allthy mind, and with all thy strength. This is the firstcommandment. p. 6, Para. 2, [PATRIOT]."And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thyneighbor as thyself. There is none other commandmentgreater than these." p. 6, Para. 3, [PATRIOT]."On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." p. 6, Para. 4, [PATRIOT].These two commandments exist in the very nature, and circumstances of existence, of any two intelligentcreatures in the universe. They existed thus in theexistence of the first two intelligent creatures that everhad a place in the universe. p. 6, Para. 5, [PATRIOT].When the first intelligence was created and there was nocreature but himself; as he owed to his Creator hisexistence, as he owed to God all that he was or could be,heart, soul, might, mind, and strength; it devolved uponhim to render to God the tribute of all this, and to loveGod with all his heart, and all his soul, and all his mind,and all his strength. And this is the first of all thecommandments. It is first in the very nature and existenceof the first, and of every other, intelligent creature. p.6, Para. 6, [PATRIOT].But the second of these would have no place if there were

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