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As conscience and the Church shall lead an assembly congregational study guide for the Mennonite Church on the withholding of military taxes by Robert Hull

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Published by Mennonite Pub. House in Scottdale, PA (616 Walnut Ave., Scottdale 15683-1999) .
Written in English



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  • Canada.


  • War tax resistance -- Moral and ethical aspects -- United States.,
  • Income tax -- Moral and ethical aspects -- United States.,
  • War tax resistance -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Canada.,
  • Income tax -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Canada.,
  • War finance -- Moral and ethical aspects.,
  • Mennonites -- United States.,
  • Mennonites -- Canada.,
  • Church and state -- Mennonites.

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Edition Notes

Statement[by Robert Hull].
ContributionsMennonite Church. General Board.
LC ClassificationsHJ4653.E75 H85 1990
The Physical Object
Pagination47 p. :
Number of Pages47
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL1660028M
LC Control Number91222847

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The protection of the right to private judgment, or freedom of individual conscience, is in the first of six Historic Principles of Church Order in our Book of Order (G). But this first principle is immediately followed by a second, balancing one — the right to corporate judgment or freedom of community conscience.   At the same time, the book is full of practical wisdom. The biblical teaching on conscience is applied to numerous situations so that readers see how the Scriptures apply to everyday life. The reflections on how conscience should operate in missionary situations is alone worth the price of the book, but the entire book is a gem.”Released on: Ap   The Book of Discipline is holding back UM unity because it is full of rules and restrictions that leave no room for following one’s conscience, a value that Wesley held in high esteem." As my presentation was not a read lecture but made freely on the basis of short notes, I am not sure whether this is a verbatim quote or not, but it does. A person’s conscience is a defense against situations that are spiritually harmful. Righteous decisions and obedience to the commandments bring peace of conscience. When we sin, we feel remorse or guilt, just as we feel physical pain when we are wounded. This is the natural response of our conscience to sin, and it can lead us to repent.

We shall reassure our hearts before him whenever our hearts condemn us; for God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Man has the right to act in conscience and in freedom so as personally to make moral decisions. "He must not be forced to act contrary to his conscience. John Henry Cardinal Newman in his Letter to the Duke of Norfolk famously remarked "I shall drink—to the Pope, if you please,—still, to Conscience first, and to the Pope afterwards." The Catholic Church has strongly defended the rights of Catholics to practice their religion freely, especially under totalitarian regimes such as fascism and. not to councils of the church and G of the Book of Order delineates specific limits on the freedom of conscience for those who serve in ordered ministries: It is necessary to the integrity and health of the church that the persons who serve it in ordered ministries shall adhere to the essentials of .   The Rev. Robert E. Morey of Saint Anthony Catholic Church says that when Biden attended his church’s 9 a.m. Mass, the Reverend denied him Communion because of the candidate’s political stance.

Let’s look at these conditions of the conscience. 2) Importance of a clear conscience. So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man. (Acts ) The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience. The Church has always taught the primacy of conscience. The law is the remote norm of morality, while the individual conscience is considered the proximate norm. This traditional teaching of moral theology has certain consequences; for instance, a law does not bind in conscience until the individual knows it exists, and until he or she accepts.   I turned to Stevens’s book because I thought it might supply an answer, since it’s billed as an examination of conscience, in which the author takes responsibility for various moral. Paul said the following about qualifications of church leaders. They must hold fast to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience (1 Timothy ). When a person comes to Jesus Christ, their conscience can function as it was originally created. Otherwise the conscience cannot correctly lead them to worship the true God.