'This fasting...is very good, provided the commandments of the Lord be observed...First of all, be on your guard against every evil word, and every evil desire, and purify your heart from all the vanities of this world. If you guard against these things, your fasting will be perfect.' - The Shepherd of Hermas
Description: We listed writers from within the lifetime of some who knew John the Baptist and down through all of the church Fathers, to the Reformers and to modern theologians to prove that the views of Thomas Campbell were the commonly held views that, if you want church unity, you will do only those things which are clearly commanded in the inspired Word. We showed that Campbell became even more tolerant in agreeing that "approved examples" and "necessary inferences" can be used but not bound on others.
Description: Musical or theatrical performance to "move the worshipers into the presence of God" is one of the most ancient, most pagan themes in recorded history. Nothing could be more legalistic than performing some "work of the human hands" or any other body part in the belief that talented performers have power over God and the audience. Alexander Campbell helped move the American Restoration further away from such ritualizing wich are always sectarian or divisive. However, no one within his fellowships used instruments and it was not something which he had to resist.