Painting: Leaving Home by Gilbert Gaul, found at http://www.military-art.com/mall/more.php?ProdID=6131
For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? (1 Peter 4:17, KJV)
The theological compromises within the American churches coupled with the church splits along the regional lines between North and South set the stage for the Civil War. Without a strong theology, the Church did not speak from the basis of biblical authority to the issues of the day. With division in the church, unity was directly weakened within the nation. These two problems within the Church were major components of the backdrop of the Civil War.
In addition to the problems within the church, there were also economic and political tensions between the states in the North and those in the South. These events demonstrate the truth of God’s Holy Word which teaches that judgment begins at the house of God and then spreads to those that are not followers of the Lord God Almighty. God’s hand of providence can be seen through the events leading up to the Civil War as He shows us His faithfulness to His Word.