Thursday, December 21, 2006

Freedom of Religion Only a Temporary Expediency

"It must be evident that the final and perfect union of church and state in the coming Kingdom will also put an end to what we call 'freedom of religion.' The American policy of complete separation of church and state, which most sensible men fully approve under present conditions, is not however the ideal policy. It is rather a policy of precaution in a sinful world, where political and ecclesiastical power too often get into the wrong hands, and the result is intolerable oppression. But under the personal rule of the Messianic King the union of church and state will not only be safe; it will also be the highest possible good. For, if religion is of any essential value in human life, and if there is some one true religion, and if there is coming a time when both political and religious authority will be exercised by a wise and loving God acting supernaturally in human affairs - it follows logically that in that day what we call 'religious freedom' must come to an end" (Alva J. McClain, The Greatness of the Kingdom, pp. 244-5).

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