September 8, 1898
THE influence of an upright life is patriotism’s best gift to the nation.
THE purpose of the civil power is not to enforce what is right, but to enforce rights.
SEPARATION of church and state does not mean a wicked government or a powerless church.
CAESAR is ever prone to consider himself a god and to demand for himself those things that should be rendered to God.
THE only argument which Cesar knows how to employ is the argument of the sword.
WHEN Cesar turns his attention to the Lord’s business, he at once begins to neglect his own.
THE power of the church is the power of the gospel, which is the power of love, which is the power of God.
BEFORE Peter was converted he drew the sword of temporal power in behalf of his Lord; afterwards, he drew the “sword of the Spirit.”
[Inset.] “RENDER TO CESAR THE THINGS THAT ARE CESAR’S, AND TO GOD THE THINGS THAT ARE GOD’S.”—Jesus Christ Announcing the Principle of Separation of Church and State. THE Pharisees, thinking to entangle Christ in his talk, came to him and asked whether it were lawful to give tribute to Cesar. “But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites? Show me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny. And he said unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? They say unto him, Cesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Cesar the things which are Cesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s.” Matthew 22:15-22.