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Written by Kip Vinson   
Monday, 07 January 2013 00:00


GOVERNMENT

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The society of Friends, in accordance with their pacific principles, have ever believed that they were restrained from joining with others in warlike measures, to pull down, set up, or defend any government; yet they have declared that “Magistracy or civil government is God’s, the good ends thereof being for the punishment of evildoers, and the praise of them that do well.” So far as the requisitions of government do not violate their consciences, they are bound to obey the laws of their country, and when they cannot actively comply for conscience sake, they passively suffer the penalties which are imposed upon them; believing it to be their religious duty to demean themselves with proper respect and submission to those who are placed over them.

As magistracy is for punishment of evil-doers, and for the praise of them that do well, they avail themselves of the protection which the laws of the land afford, for the free and unmolested enjoyment of their civil rights; but in thus restoring to civil authority, they advise their members to conduct with decency and moderation, without anger or animosity: that they may evince, in courts of justice, and on occasions, that nothing but the necessity of the case induces them to resort to the law.

The Society discourages its members from accepting posts or offices in civil government, which may expose them to the violations of its Christian testimonies; and from being betrayed into heats and controversies respecting the politics of the world: believing that while we ought to bear such portions of the burdens of civil government as comport with our religious profession, the work to which we are particularly called, is the advancement of the peaceful reign of the Messiah.

In taking a comprehensive view of the doctrines of the Christian religion, it will be seen that there is an intimate connection of all its parts, and a dependence of the whole on Jesus Christ, in his blessed offices, as the everlasting Foundation. It was on his coming, and what

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He did for us, without us, that the previous forms of devotion were abrogated, and a worship introduced, at once simple and sublime: in which, in humble waiting upon God, we may, as said the apostle, “come boldly to the throne of grace;” and hold communion with the Father of mercies, and God of consolation.

It was He, who having been crucified, raised from the dead, and exalted by the right hand of God, shed forth the Holy Spirit, by virtue of which both sons and daughters were to prophecy. And those whom he was pleased to call and qualify for the ministry, being ambassadors for him, boldly declare the necessity of faith in Christ, and of obedience to his divine precepts. And being raised above the influence of pecuniary considerations, as motives for that dignified work, they are made willing to spend and be spent for the sake of Christ and his gospel. And in the exercise of their gifts they were instructed to depend on him, to be to them mouth and wisdom, tongue and utterance.

By his own regenerating power, he leads the soul through those cleansing operations, which were represented by outward baptism, and which consist not in “the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience towards God, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 3. 21. And in the participation of the divine nature, and though that faith which applies and seals the efficacy of his propitiation, we enjoy the communion of the body and blood of Christ.

He more clearly revealed the relations we hold to God, and to one another, than had been made known under the previous dispensation. The nature of his peaceful reign, and the social virtues characteristic of his kingdom upon earth, which had been set forth before, in the sublime and figurative language of prophecy, he brought down, in his own divine precepts, to apply to the humblest understanding. He commanded us to love our enemies – to do good for evil, and as a universal rule of action, to do for others as we would they should do to us. Thus the axe was laid to the very root of the principles of war, retaliation, and revenge, and all the various grades of wrong, oppression, and the injustice among men. And by his Spirit in our hearts, he inspires us with those heavenly affections and feelings, and that uni-

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versal benevolence, in which man, in every situation, is the friend of man – and in the prevalence of which, “violence no more would be heard in the land, wasting nor destruction within our borders;” and a practical illustration would be given of the anthem of the heavenly host: “Glory to God in the highest; and on earth, peace, goodwill towards men.”

It was on the introduction of the gospel dispensation, that the obligations of truth and undeviating veracity, were so clearly revealed, and so strongly enjoined, as to abolish the previous ceremony of oaths, and place the communications of the Christian, on the solid basis of an unchangable principle.

And in the solemn and humbling views which are presented to us in the gospel, there is a powerful admonition to the temperance, humility, and constant watchfulness; to walk circumspectly, redeeming the time, and looking to a blessed and glorious immortality.

Under the influence of the Spirit of Christ, and in a conformity to the doctrines of the gospel, the primitive believers became as the lights of the world, and held up a standard of righteousness in the earth. They gave a practical illustration of the one true faith, which works by love,  and purifies the heart; showing that they felt the obligation they were under, not to live unto themselves, but unto him that died for them, and rose again.

And when it pleased the great Disposer of events, to open the understanding of our forefathers, and call them to be a separate people, he led them into a revival of the same doctrines, and into a correspondent conduct; so that they were enabled to come up in the fulfillment of the injunction of our blessed Lord, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matt. 5. 16.
In maintaining the cause and testimony of Jesus, we desire that the peculiar character of the Gospel of Christ, may ever be held in remembrance; that the professors of the Christian name, “through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the Truth,” may show, “out of a good conversation, their works of meekness of wisdom;” and finally “receive the end of their faith, even the SALVATION OF THEIR SOULS.”

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SELF JUSTIFICATION

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Reader, dost thou suffer the light of God’s Spirit to shine into thy conscience and reprove thee for sin? Dost thou bring thy deeds to it, that it may be made manifest to thee, how far they are wrought in God; and that, if, in anything, his light condemn thee, thou mayest seek his pardon through Jesus Christ; Or dost thou turn away from his light, and seek to justify thyself in by sins, by comparison with others? They who measure themselves by themselves, and compare themselves among themselves are not wise. “Be sure thy sin will find thee out. He that covert his sins will not prosper; but whose confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.” God will by no means acquit the guilt who seek to justify themselves; but “if we confess our sin, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness;” he is, as he himself declared, “merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin.”—If, therefore, thou hast not found him, “seek and thou shalt find.” Open thy heart to his Spirit and he will lead thee to repentance and faith in Christ—the lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world. But if thou continue to refuse, and to rebel against him, thou must bear thy own judgment; for “the wicked shall be turned into hell and all the nations that forget God.”

J.B.

York, 1842

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Pastor "Kip" Vinson, Editor

Doug Lupo PhotoRev. "Kip" Vinson, Jr., current Pastor of Oak Level Baptist Church, Rocky Mount. SCV member since 2001, joined the Rivers Bridge Camp in Fairfax, SC. Moved to Rocky Mount, in 2005, and joined the Jesse Barnes Camp located in Wilson. Current Commander of Robert Henry Ricks Camp and North Central Brigade. B.A. History at Wofford College and an M.Div. from Gardner-Webb. Eagle Scout and received God and Country Award.

Eric Rudd, Editor

Doug Lupo PhotoI have been a member of the SCV since 2003. My ancestor, Pvt. George Washington Wright served with he 34th NC Troops, Company B, and was a farmer from Caswell County. I have been Chaplain of Col. Charles Fisher Camp #813 since 2009, which has been a unique blessing in my life. I am the 2012 recipient of The Rev. J. William Jones Christian Award and have been graced to serve people through my profession as a Funeral Director.