History, 1838–1856, volume B-1 [1 September 1834–2 November 1838]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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of it, unless their religious opinion prompts them to infringe upon <​August 17 General Assembly. Government and Laws in General​> the rights and liberties of others; but we do not believe that human law has a right to interfere in prescribing rules of worship to bind the consciences of men, nor dictate forms for public or private worship devotion: that the civil magistrate should restrain crime, but never control conscience; should punish guilt, but never suppress the freedom of the soul.
We beleive that all men are bound to sustain and uphold the respective governments in which they reside, while protected in their inherit rights and inalienable rights by the laws of such governments, and that sedition and rebellion are unbecoming every citizen thus protected, and should be punished accordingly; and that all governments have a right to enact such laws as in their own judgments are best calculated to secure the public interest, at the same time, however, holding sacred the freedom of conscience.
We believe that every man should be honored in his station; rulers and Magistrates as such; being placed for the protection of the innocent and the punishment of the guilty, and that to the laws all men owe respect, and deference, as without them peace and harmony would be supplanted by anarchy and terror: human laws being instituted for the express purpose of regulating our interests as individuals and nations, between man and man, and divine laws given of heaven, prescribing rules on spiritual concerns, for faith and worship, both to be answered by man to his Maker.
We beleive that rulers, states and governments have a right, and are bound to enact laws for the protection of all citizens in the free exercise of their religious belief, but we do not beleive that they have a right, in justice, to deprive citizens of this privilege, or proscribe them in their opinions, so long as a regard and reverence is shown to the laws, and such religious opinions do not justify sedition or nor conspiracy. [HC 2:248]
<​8​> We beleive that the commission of crime should be punished according to the nature of the offence; that murder treason, robbery, theft and the breach of the general peace, in all respects, should be punished according to their criminality, and their tendency to evil among men, by the laws of that government in which the offence is committed: and for the public peace and tranquility all men should step forward, and use their ability in bringing offenders, against good laws, to punishment.
<​9​> We do not beleive it just to mingle religious influence with civil government, whereby one religious society is fostered and another proscribed in its spiritual things privileges, and the individual rights of its members, as citizens, denied. [p. 604]
of it, unless their religious opinion prompts them to infringe upon August 17 General Assembly. Government and Laws in General the rights and liberties of others; but we do not believe that human law has a right to interfere in prescribing rules of worship to bind the consciences of men, nor dictate forms for public or private devotion: that the civil magistrate should restrain crime, but never control conscience; should punish guilt, but never suppress the freedom of the soul.
We beleive that all men are bound to sustain and uphold the respective governments in which they reside, while protected in their inherit and inalienable rights by the laws of such governments, and that sedition and rebellion are unbecoming every citizen thus protected, and should be punished accordingly; and that all governments have a right to enact such laws as in their own judgments are best calculated to secure the public interest, at the same time, however, holding sacred the freedom of conscience.
We believe that every man should be honored in his station; rulers and Magistrates as such; being placed for the protection of the innocent and the punishment of the guilty, and that to the laws all men owe respect, and deference, as without them peace and harmony would be supplanted by anarchy and terror: human laws being instituted for the express purpose of regulating our interests as individuals and nations, between man and man, and divine laws given of heaven, prescribing rules on spiritual concerns, for faith and worship, both to be answered by man to his Maker.
We beleive that rulers, states and governments have a right, and are bound to enact laws for the protection of all citizens in the free exercise of their religious belief, but we do not beleive that they have a right, in justice, to deprive citizens of this privilege, or proscribe them in their opinions, so long as a regard and reverence is shown to the laws, and such religious opinions do not justify sedition nor conspiracy. [HC 2:248]
8 We beleive that the commission of crime should be punished according to the nature of the offence; that murder treason, robbery, theft and the breach of the general peace, in all respects, should be punished according to their criminality, and their tendency to evil among men, by the laws of that government in which the offence is committed: and for the public peace and tranquility all men should step forward, and use their ability in bringing offenders, against good laws, to punishment.
9 We do not beleive it just to mingle religious influence with civil government, whereby one religious society is fostered and another proscribed in its spiritual privileges, and the individual rights of its members, as citizens, denied. [p. 604]
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