A Fellowship In Christ Jesus

A fellowship in the World, but not of the World

Confirming Defending Bearing the Gospel of Christ Jesus

Robert Winthrop

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All societies of men must be governed in some way or other. The less they may have of stringent State Government, the more they must have of individual self-government. The less they rely on public law or physical force, the more they must rely on private moral restraint. Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled, either by a power within them, or by a power without them; either by the Word of God or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible or by the bayonet. 

It may do for other countries and other governments to talk about the State supporting religion. Here, under our own free institutions, it is Religion which must support the State.

Speech to the Massachusetts Bible Society 1849-05-28,
quoted in "Robert Winthrop, Addresses and Speeches on Various Occasions,"
Little, Brown & Co., 1852, p. 172 

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