- Slaves? Many brethren view with disdain and
criticize with contempt the Roman Catholic teaching and practice of forced
acceptance of the Scripture interpretation of the church. They congratulate
themselves upon the fact that, as NT Christians, they may "interpret" the
Scriptures for themselves. They glory in their freedom and repudiate the
slavery of the papal system with its "infallible church." Yet, by accepting
without study the conclusions of prominent preachers, papers, and schools,
allowing them to do their thinking, they involve themselves in the same state
of slavery characteristic of the Roman Catholic Heirarchy. Lynazio Silone is
quoted in the July issue of Nuggets as saying in "Bread and Wine":
"He who struggles for what he believes to be right is a free man. Even if you
live in the freest country in the world and you are lazy, callous, apathetic,
irresolute, you are not free but a slave..." This is quite as true in religion
as in politics. -- Sentinel of Truth
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