Lee speaking for the "scholarly" lies that the Campbells wanted to FELLOWSHIP the denominations says:Thomas Campbell argued in the D & A that nothing could be made a test of fellowship that didn't have a "thus saith the Lord" behind it. This doesn't necessarily exclude, in my view, churches adopting practices or traditions not specifically commanded in the NT (CoCs do this all the time anyway), as the D & A is usually interpreted to forbid, but only means such things cannot be made into terms of communion.
The Declaration and Address specificially does not speak of DENOMINATIONS but of INDIVIDUALS: It says NOTHING about tests of fellowship but of INDIVIDUALS judging INDIVIDUALS for the private opinions they hold. Campbell writes under the premise that the SECTS limited DENOMINATIONAL PARTICIPATION based on their personal opinions for which they had no express authority. As a Calvinists who watched the State Presbyterians of Scotland ADOPT the use of instruments which SPLIT the group into MANY sects, Thomas Campbell can be represented by dozens of his fellow Biblical Presbyterians who wrote extensively on the use of instruments. The BASIS was making a test of fellowship DENOMINATIONALLY on something not SPECIFICIALLY commanded in the Bible.
FROM the series of events which have taken place in the Churches for many years past, especially in this Western country, as well as from what we know in general of the present state of things in the Christian world, we are persuaded
that it is high time for us not only to think, but also to act, for ourselves;
to see with our own eyes,
and to take all our measures
directly and immediately from the Divine standard;
to this alone we feel ourselves Divinely bound to be conformed,
as by this alone WE must be judged.
We are also persuaded that as no man can be judged for his brother,
so no man can judge for his brother;
every man must be allowed to judge for himself,
as every man must bear his own judgment-
-must give account of himself to God.
From reading 101a we understand that those LEAVING the EXCLUSIVE sects must not IMPOSE anything which is not from the "divine standard."
A. Because the OTHERS are the EXCLUSIVIE Sects even when DENOUNCING INSTRUMENTS through all of Campbell's experience, they ALSO are bound by the Divine Word.
B. His standard was that they should INCLUDE only what is commanded in the Divine Standard.
C. We are also of opinion that as the Divine word is equally binding upon all,
so all lie under an equal obligation to be bound by it,
and it alone; and not by any human interpretation of it;
D. Because it was the SECTS whom he identified as JUDGING and EXCLUSIVE, they do not have any right to judge those who THINK FOR THEMSELVES from the DIVINE STANDARD
E. Those denominational groups who excluded both Thomas and Alexander because of THEIR THEACINGS from the Bible, have NO RIGHT to exclude them unless the REFORMERS practices VIOLATE specific CENI.
and that, therefore, no man has a right to judge his brother,
except in so far as he manifestly violates the express letter of the law.
The Declaration and Address INCLUDES those who AGREE with the Declaration and Address: it would be beyond the pale to think that the Campbells intended to FELLOWSHIP exactly those they were ABANDONING because they DID NOT follow Biblical standards and JUDGED those who followed the Bible rather than their CREEDS.
V. That this Society, formed for the sole purpose of promoting simple evangelical Christianity,
shall, to the utmost of its power, countenance and support such ministers,
Countenance means: to extend approval or toleration to : sanction
and such only,
as exhibit a manifest conformity to the original standard in conversation and doctrine, in zeal and diligence;
only such as reduce to practice that simple original form of Christianity,
expressly EXHIBITED upon the sacred page;
Campbell EXPLICITELY and LOUDLY said that he WOULD NOT FELLOWSHIP those who did not
reduce to practice that simple original form of Christianity,
expressly EXHIBITED upon the sacred page;
He would NOT support those who did not follow the EXPRESS Word of God:
Support means a (1): to promote the interests or cause of (2): to uphold or defend as valid or right
Campbell said that he would NOT extend approval, tolerate, sanction or support those who DO NOT trust the Word for out faith and practice
Lee can you grasp that? You need to throw away your "scholarly" junk and read the truth.
The Reformers absolutely followed the CENI principle.
They ABSOLUTELY meant
without attempting to inculcate
anything of human authority,
of private opinion, or inventions of men,
as having any place in the constitution, faith, or worship, of the Christian Church,
or anything as matter of Christian faith or duty,
for which there can not be expressly produced a "Thus saith the Lord,
either in express terms,
or by approved precedent.
I worry about people who twist that to say that the Campbells intended to INCLUDE those who did not agree to NOT ATTEMPTING to Inclucate anything not SPECIFICIALLY commanded.
The following statement makes me wonder if you have ever read the Bible: assuredly ALL recorded historical scholars and founders of denominations KNEW that God uses the INSTRUMENT as a MARK of those who told God to shut His Face. That needs no proving.
To be consistent with his own views, he would have had to agree that the use or non-use of IM was a matter of opinion, as Scripture nowhere addresses the issue.
If this was REMOTELY true, then Campbell would not INCLUCATE anything of HUMAN AUTHORITY. If he would not INCLUCATE then he would not SUPPORT instruments.
If the Bible DOES NOT speak of instruments tnen YOU are judging others and INCLUCATING human opinion which is WILL WORSHIP.
But, literacy 101a knows that MUSIC is sourced from Satan or Lucifer the singing and harp playing prostitute, warriors, sacrificial exorcists, prostitutes and Sodomites