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The Plain Guide to Universalism, Lesson 3: Universalism Condemned By Usurped Power

Ecclesiastical despotism, which attempted to govern both thought and action, condemned the teaching of the Salvation of Mankind. 

In the language of Virginia’s Statute of Religious Liberty, “Whereas Almighty God hath created the mind free; that all attempts to influence it by temporal punishment or burthens, or by civil incapacitations, tend only to beget habits of hypocrisy and meanness, and are a departure from the plan of the Holy author of our religion, who being Lord both of body and mind, yet chose not to propagate it by coercions on either…”

A ruling church allied with the state, under the influence of selfish human nature, relying on the arm of flesh rather than the non-violent persuasive power of truth, is always tempted to impose unjust restrictions on dissenting sects. Teachers of a Successful Savior never use nor want to use the arm of flesh to support their teaching – the very act would nullify the whole teaching! 

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