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Written by Josh Winslett   
Thursday, 18 August 2011 20:13

In my evening studies, I came across two intriguing quotes from Elder John Leland.


"Government should protect every man in thinking and speaking freely, and see that one does not abuse another. The liberty I contend for is more than toleration. The very idea of toleration is despicable; it supposes that some have a pre-eminence above the rest to grant indulgence, whereas all should be equally free, Jews, Turks, Pagans and Christians." - A Chronicle of His Time in Virginia.

"Every man must give account of himself to God, and therefore every man ought to be at liberty to serve God in a way that he can best reconcile to his conscience. If government can answer for individuals at the day of judgment, let men be controlled by it in religious matters; otherwise, let men be free." - Right of Conscience Inalienable.


Wow!! What prolific words. John Leland was an amazing man and preacher. It is written that he was instrumental in gaining the freedom of religion in America. Over the next couple of weeks I will be posting some of his article in PDF format to the MTZ article library.

Here is a short bio of Elder John Leland: http://primitivebaptist.info/mambo//content/category/5/20/36/



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