One of our guests has been talking about Alexander Campbell quite a bit recently. We don’t talk about A.C. much here, because our 3 TV hosts have said many times that the things he taught are somewhat irrelevant (my paraphrase) because he didn’t found the “Churches of Christ”. But, since “Jo” brought up Mr. Campbell, I thought I would give a couple of A.C. quotes that are pertinent to the issues we have been discussing.
“We will not hearken to those questions which gender strife, nor discuss them at all. If a person says such is his private opinion, let him have it as his private opinion; but lay no stress upon it; and if it be a wrong private opinion, it will die a natural death much sooner than if you attempt to kill it.” Alexander Campbell
“I have tried the pharisaic plan, and the monastic. I was once so straight, that, like the Indian’s tree, I leaned a little the other way. And however much I may be slandered now as seeking “popularity” or a popular course, I have to rejoice that to my own satisfaction, as well as to others, I proved that truth, and not popularity, was my object; for I was once so strict a Separatist that I would neither pray nor sing praises with any one who was not as perfect as I supposed myself. In this most unpopular course I persisted until I discovered the mistake, and saw that on the principle embraced in my conduct, there never could be a congregation or church upon the earth.” Alexander Campbell