Wake up, Strengthen what remains and is about to die.
Bring Me The Horizon - “Drown”
"Who will fix me now? Dive in when I’m down?
Save me from myself, don’t let me drown.
Who will make me fine? Drag me out alive.
Save me from myself, don’t let me drown.”
Welcome to the greatest nightmare of all… reality
What I thought it would be:
How it actually is:
The older I get the more I appreciate level-headedness.
As early as 1818 the Presbyterian Church took a firm stand opposing slavery. The circumstances that called for the church’s attention was the sale of a slave by a slaveholder, both of whom were Presbyterians in good standing, but disagreed on the desirability of the sale- the slave opposing, the master supporting.
In response to this case, the General Assembly declared that the ‘voluntary enslaving of one part of the human race by another’ was a ‘gross violation of the most precious and sacred rights of human nature,’ ‘utterly inconsistent with the law of God, which requires us to love our neighbor as ourselves,’ and ‘totally irreconcilable with the spirit and principles of the gospel of Christ.’ The declaration went on to assert that slavery created ‘a paradox in the moral system,’ since it exhibited ‘rational, accountable, and immortal beings in such circumstances as scarcely to leave them the power of moral action,’ and as ‘dependent on the wills of others whether they shall receive religious instruction; whether they shall know and worship the true God; whether they shall enjoy the ordinances of the gospel; whether they shall perform the duties and cherish endearments of husbands and wives, parents and children, neighbors and friends…’
The Assembly’s statement conceded that the ‘evils’ of slavery were not always evident. Still, the slave was ‘deprived of his natural right,’ and ‘degraded as a human being…’ For these reasons, the Assembly advised American Presbyterians ‘to correct the error of former times, and as speedily as possible to efface this blot on our holy religion, and to obtain the complete abolition of slavery throughout Christendom, and, if possible, throughout the whole world.’
D.G. Hart & John R. Meuther in Seeking a Better Country: 300 years of American Presbyterianism.
Really interesting insights here. If only this Assembly’s declaration would have been binding for the whole of the church…
The doctrine of our church on this subject is, that the state has no authority in matters purely spiritual and that the church no authority in matters purely secular or civil. That their provinces in some cases overlie each other… is indeed true… Nevertheless, the two institutions are distinct, and their respective duties are different.
The text of a letter written by Charles Hodge of Princeton Theological Seminary on behalf of the two General Assemblies of the Presbyterian Church in the USA, explaining why the Pope’s invitation to Protestants to send delegates to the first Vatican Council of 1869-70 was being declined.
Wow. This is an incredible document. Charles Hodge was a badass.