On Liberty of Conscience

Canis lupus portrait[W]e forbid the posting of the Ten Commandments in public places, lest any conscience feel imposed upon. Our military Chaplains may pray, but they may not use the name of our Lord. Our President may declare a generic National Day of Prayer, but not a Day of Prayer to the true God of Scripture. While God demands that we have no other gods, our Constitution commands the government to regard all gods equally and no god exclusively. If this were merely the prevailing sentiment of heathen rulers in our land, it would be wrong but not surprising. Sadly however, this malady pervades almost every corner of the Church.

Not one professing Christian in 1,000,000 would advocate the suppression of idolatry, blasphemy or heresy by the civil government through use of force, whether by fines, prison, banishment…. “After all,” they reason, “how would we like it if our religion were outlawed? We would wish to be tolerated, and so we must do unto others as we would have done to ourselves.”

Thus, in Christian charity, the wolves are welcome to devour the sheep. They are given opportunity to seduce and destroy souls, to prey on the simple and unsuspecting, even to educate children in their ways. No doubt, we strongly disagree with their false teachings, but it would be un-Christ-like tyranny for us to deny these wolves their prey.

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