Program of the International Centennial Celebration and Conventions of the Disciples of Christ (Christian Churches)
Excerpt from Program of the International Centennial Celebration and Conventions of the Disciples of Christ (Christian Churches) Nothing is more in consonance with the spirit of Christianity than the grateful remembrance of those who have rendered con spicuous service in its behalf. When, at the institution of the Memorial Supper, Jesus said, This do in remembrance' of me, His concern was not for His personal glory, but for the welfare of His disciples. In the remembrance of the great sacrifice which He made for the world's redemption, they would find a constant stimulus to faithful and heroic service. The same principle holds good with reference to all the benefactors of our race who, at the cost of personal sacrifices and out of love for truth and for human ity, have laid down their lives in loving and faithful service for the promotion of Christ's kingdom and the elevation of the race. Among those most entitled to the grateful remembrance of man kind are the great reformers in Christian history who have sought to correct existing evils in the Church, and to purify Christianity from prevailing corruptions. The names of Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Wesley, and Alexander Campbell stand out like peaks in a lofty mountain range, whose lives and labors are some what more conspicuous, but not more noble, than a vast multitude of others who have given the best service of which they were capable to the cause of truth and righteousness. These men were great, and their names are gratefully remembered, not chie y because they were men of preeminent ability, but because they consecrated their ability to the highest ends, allied themselves with Jesus Christ, and became partakers of His life, and in a measure, of his glory and immortality. It is not, therefore, in any spirit of glorying in men that we remember and seek to honorthe great reformers in Christian history who have contributed so much to our present inheritance of Christian truth and of civil and religious liberty. The people who have come to be known as Disciples of Christ or Christians, because of their refusal to be designated by mere party names, have deemed it to be both proper and praiseworthy to recognize the origin of the religious movement which they repte sent - the youngest of these great historic Reformations - by holding, in the city of Pittsburgh, Penn., near the scene of its birth, in this good year of our Lord 1909, a great Centennial Convention as the culmination of a series of Centennial endeavors wortt to celebrate an event which, under God, has become a source of blessing to the Church universal. As our own free and independent government of the United States dates its origin from the Declaration of Independence, which set forth the reasons Why such a government should be formed, and the fundamental princi ples which should govern it, so it has been thought that this religious movement in behalf of a united church should properly date its origin from the publication of the Declaration and Address, which occurred at Washington, Penn., Sept. 7, 1809. This document, written by Thomas Campbell, and later read and fully endorsed by his son, Alexander Campbell, contains the reasons which led to the new movement for religious reformation, and the germinal principles which have been dominant in the history of the movement. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com"