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Lipscomb's Church.

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Lipscomb's Church One might say that the church is made up of a group of Christians who join to worship the Lord. What would this church look like if it were to adhere to David Lipscomb's views of the church? The people of this church would be shunned if they ran for public office, they would not be allowed to go to war to support their country, and the preachers of Lipscomb's church would be told it is all right to preach at churches that have other beliefs in order to correct their wrongs. To start, David Lipscomb stated in chapter four of "Civil Government", "A man cannot be a follower of Christ and a ruler in the governments of earth."(138) ...read more.

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Out of the 37 references Lipscomb makes to the bible in Chapter 1, only one of the selections is from the New Testament. One should not rely fully on the old law for guidance, but one should apply the laws of the New Testament to one's life. However, if the church were to comply with David Lipscomb's rules, they would not be allowed to be in affiliation with the human government. No Christian would be allowed to serve on a jury, work for the postal service, or act as a clerk for a governmental agency according to page 141 of "Civil Government". Subsequently, if the church were to go by David Lipscomb's teachings, then no individual in that church would be allowed to participate in a war. ...read more.

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Lipscomb wanted to correct what he thought was wrong with other faiths. First, the preachers would teach the other congregations the fundamentals of a good faith without denouncing the other religion's practices. Second, the preachers would use the fundamental teachings to point out the wrongdoings of the other churches. Finally, those preachers would try to correct the wrongs of the other faiths in a kind and gentle manner. In summary, the church would look very different if it were to comply with David Lipscomb's beliefs. The people of this church would be shunned if they ran for public office, they would not be allowed to go to war to support their country, and the preachers of Lipscomb's church would be told it is all right to preach at churches that have other beliefs in order to correct their wrongs. Daniel Hudgins LU 1103 5/8/2007 ...read more.

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