“Go, make disciples, baptize, and teach” somehow becomes “Make converts, give them the license of baptism, and then let them go!
” Sure, maybe people should check in on the church once in a while, like getting your license renewed every few years.
By 1785, Madison was pursuing another strategy: he composed a petition to the Virginia legislature entitled “A Memorial and Remonstrance.” Following Locke, Madison argued that to promote any religion was outside the proper scope of limited government.
Even for Virginia’s government to sponsor all Christian religions, as Henry proposed, would establish a dangerous precedent, for “Who does not see that the same authority, which can establish Christianity, in exclusion of all other Religions, may establish with the same ease any particular sect of Christians, in exclusion of all other Sects?
When the DMV gives you a driver’s license, you have the ability to drive wherever you want.
They give you the responsibility, and then you are on your own.Second, it ignores what the Commission says about teaching.Third, it ignores what the Commission says about obeying.It provided that “…no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever…nor shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief; but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinion in matters of religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish, enlarge, or affect their civil capacities.” It marked a signal victory for Madison and Jefferson.In their view, civil governments should not only tolerate all forms of religious belief—neither penalizing nor encouraging any particular faith—but also uphold the principle, as Jefferson’s bill declared, “Our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions, any more than our opinions in physics or geometry.” Specifically, candidates for public office should not be judged based on whether they “profess or renounce this or that religious opinion.” But rougher sledding lay ahead for making their ideals of religious freedom those, which would guide an entire nation.It steered him toward a career in politics as well as a lifelong partnership with his fellow Virginian, Thomas Jefferson.Over the course of many decades devoted to public service (including a combined 16 years in the presidency), these two men would decisively shape the relationship between church and state in the new American republic.Paul not only proclaimed the gospel and, under God, converted men and women. It is clear that the nurture of emerging churches is understood by Paul to be “an integral feature of his missionary task.” Christians and even church leaders today might treat the local church like an office of the DMV.He also founded churches as a necessary element in his missionary task. They might read the Great Commission as saying, “Give them their licenses and let them go! Conversion to Christ meant incorporation into him, and thus membership within a Christian community. ” But that is not how the apostles viewed their work. Divining America 17th & 18th Centuries 19th Century 20th Century 17th & 18th Century Essays Native American Religion in Early America Deism & the Founding of the US Puritanism & Predestination The Legacy of Puritanism Witchcraft in Salem Village The First Great Awakening Religious Pluralism in the Middle Colonies Church and State in British North America The Church of England in Early America Religion, Women, & the Family Religion & the American Revolution Divining America is made possible by grants from the Lilly Endowment and the National Endowment for the Humanities.