L. L. Brigance on the Right to Private Judgment

L L Brigance 1879-1950

L L Brigance 1879-1950

“Intolerance has ever been one of humanity’s greatest weaknesses.  We want others to agree with us–to see things like we see them, to believe, think, and act like we do.  And if they do not, we do not like it nor them.  We want to suspect their motives, declare them unsound, interdict them, ‘read them out of the party.’  Of course it is not only our right, but our duty, to insist upon the plain teaching of God’s word–to urge all men to follow it.  It is the divine standard, the infallible standard, the only standard of truth and duty.  But our opinions, preferences, prejudices, and judgments are an entirely different matter.  We have no right to insist upon anyone conforming to them.  To do so is to deny to men ‘the right of private judgment.’  Suppose that after diligent study I am in doubt as to the meaning of a passage of Scriptures.  I search the commentaries.  I find that ‘able men’ differ about it.  And ‘what shall we do when the doctors disagree?’  We must decide for ourselves…”  (L. L. Brigance, Theology of Three Restoration Documents, p. 22)

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