Friday, January 25, 2008

Quote of the day #2:

"Is it not proven beyond all dispute that there is no limit to the enormities which men will commit when they are once persuaded that they are keepers of other men’s consciences? To spread religion by any means, and to crush heresy by all means is the practical inference from the doctrine that one man may control another’s religion. Given the duty of a state to foster some one form of faith, and by the sure inductions of our nature slowly but certainly persecution will occur. To prevent for ever the possibility of Papists roasting Protestants, Anglicans hanging Romish priests, and Puritans flogging Quakers, let every form of state-churchism be utterly abolished, and the remembrance of the long curse which it has cast upon the world be blotted out for ever."

That's Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) speaking. He was pastor of The Metropolitan Tabernacle in London, England, for many years during the reign of Queen Victoria. But it bears repeating today, in a different place, under different circumstances.

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