Brother, do you take your children with you to church regularly? Do you see that they are not serving Satan while you are serving God?
Roberts, B.T. Pungent Truths (Kindle Locations 1737-1744). Unknown. Kindle Edition.
One of our liveliest, most earnest members in a church of which we were pastor, was a man past middle life. He had grown up wicked, and had been miraculously converted after his younger children were of an age to attend Sunday-school. We urged him to bring them, but he never would. He said, "I don't want my boys brought up formalists; I want them to know when they are converted." Before we left the charge, one Sunday, while the parents were at church, one of the older boys had an eye knocked out, and another one had his arm broken in a bar-room fight in a country tavern! We learned that some of these boys afterwards went to State's prison, but have never heard that one of them was ever converted.
Brother, do you take your children with you to church regularly? Do you see that they are not serving Satan while you are serving God?
Roberts, B.T. Pungent Truths (Kindle Locations 1737-1744). Unknown. Kindle Edition.
No doubt the readers of this book have heard a thousand times, and people of about every faith and order talk, about the ideal church, and you have often wondered what kind of church it was. Well, if you will listen to me a minute I believe I can tell you just exactly what kind of church an ideal church is.
God has given a whole Bible to a whole world, and in this Bible we find that God has provided a salvation from all sin for all men, provided through the atoning blood of a crucified Saviour. An ideal church is a church where the pastor preaches a whole Bible, and where the preacher himself is red-hot, for God said His ministers were a flame of fire. Again, God’s ideal Sunday school superintendent in this ideal church is a man that is in perfect harmony with the Bible and with his pastor, and he is in perfect harmony with the atoning blood of Jesus Christ, so that makes the Sunday school superintendent blood-red. The Sunday school teachers in such a church would be a band of Blood-washed saints, and of course they would be snow-white and so filled with love and grace and glory that it would be perfectly easy for them to impart Bible truths to their classes.
And in an ideal church the official board is so upright in their dealings with their fellow man that their very lives might be said to be sky-blue, and the members of such a church as this would be as straight as a gunstick. And there would be so much glory in their souls that it would be continually shining through their faces until you could take a rag and wipe enough heaven off the faces of such a pastor, Sunday school superintendent, teachers, official board, and membership that it would put sinners under conviction throughout the length and breadth of their community.
Then of course there would be a revival of old-time, heartfelt, Holy Ghost religion in that church the year round. And such a company would give one-tenth of their income to the Lord, and there would always be money in the treasury to pay all the running expenses of the church. There would never be such a thing heard of as a church entertainment; there would be no broken china, and no lost spoons, and no ice cream freezers to carry back home, and of course there would never be such a thing as a church fuss, and from such an institution would go out pastors and evangelists, and missionaries to all quarters of the earth would be sent out by such a body of believers.
Such a church as this would be an ideal church. And while probably you never saw one just like that, you have seen some people in probably every church that you know anything about that were just such people as we have described. You can see at a glance if every member in every church were like a few that you do know, we would have such a church as we have just described. And this brings up another thought.
We know that it is God’s plan to save the world through the church, and every honest, thinking, serious man will have to admit that God cannot save the world through a worldly church. And that proves that it is God’s plan to save the world through a holy church, and the hope of the world today is in the church. The hope of the church is in the amount of holiness it has in it, and the danger of the church is in the amount of worldliness it has in it. It is more than likely that every division that has ever been in the church was produced by worldliness in some and holiness in others.
For holiness and worldliness have never gotten along and never will. Therefore they can never be brought in harmony with each other and can never work together. The object of holiness is to leaven the whole lump and land them on the shores of eternal bliss, while the object of worldliness is to leaven the whole lump and sink the whole cargo into the pit of outer darkness. So, bless God, I am pulling for and hoping for an ideal church on earth. While I may never see one that everything in it is ideal, bless God, I have seen some that had some ideal members, and, bless God, that is encouraging.
Robinson, Reuben A. (Bud). The Collected Works of 'Uncle Bud' Robinson (Kindle Locations 4991-5020). Jawbone Digital. Kindle Edition.
Nothing detracts more from the radiance of true Christian holiness than the judgmental spirit of legalism. Legality, the condition of conforming to law, is desirable. "Legalism," however, is a dependence on keeping law as the means of salvation. It is an excessive bondage to the letter of the law, which overlooks the law's purpose and fails to be motivated by love.
This is a poor substitute for genuine Christian faith.
In the post-exilic period, the Jews fanatically observed the written law and a collection of oral traditions. This resulted in a rigid legalism of slavish obedience to commandments, statutes, regulations, rites, and sacrifices. In the earliest days of the Christian Church, when believers were both Jews and Christians, many continued their legalistic practices. As the Gospel spread to the Gentile world, advocates of legalism, known as Judaizers, tried to impose their convictions on the non-Jewish pagan converts. That caused the first major doctrinal conflict in the young New Testament Church.
The issue was officially settled at the first Christian counsel in Jerusalem where legalism was rejected (cf. Acts 15). However, the struggle and practice continued throughout much of the first century. Paul, who had been dramatically delivered from the bondage of legalism (Gal. 1:13, Rom. 7:7), understood that observing the Jewish law as essential to salvation was a form of works righteousness that contradicts justification by grace through faith. It rejects Christ and his saving cross (Gal. 2:21) and results in a galling bondage (5:1).
"Today the appeal is not to adopt the Jewish law, but to drift into moralism, a 'Christian' version of legalism," says Richard E. Howard in the Beacon Dictionary of Theology. "Religion thus becomes primarily a matter of following a set of rules and regulations. The believer is entangled in the web of works righteousness that very easily becomes a self-righteousness. In turn, such self-righteousness often causes one to live by a 'legalistic letter' that results in a cutting, critical, and condemning spirit toward other people. This expression of legalism is a tragic contradiction of the love that is the heart of the Christian faith."
"The corrective for legalism is not license (Gal. 5:13) but that Spirit-generated love which fulfills the spirit and intent of the law from the heart, in true freedom."
When He exercises lordship over mind, body, and spirit, He marks the directions of our lives, and establishes the guidelines by which we live. If Christ is not in charge of our lives, only one alternative exists. We are on our own. We must establish the guidelines and parameters for living.
Unfortunately, humankind without God is not equipped for such responsibility. God alone can set the standards of right and wrong and not we.
Even the thought of our trying to do so is ludicrous. I heard of one lady who had strong "convictions" about doing any physical activity or work on the Lord's Day. She maintained this position not only for herself, but for others as well, judging their spirituality by their adherence to her view. Someone reminded her that even the Lord plucked grain with his disciples on the Sabbath.
Taken aback initially, she recovered momentarily, and then remarked: "Well, it didn't make me think any more of Him." Blinded by her own false sense of adequacy and "spiritual correctness," she failed to see that she was usurping God's place by establishing the standards for holy living and judging others. The height of sinfulness is to put ourselves in God's place, taking upon ourselves His authority, and ignoring His offer of grace, guidance, and mercy.
Almost any cursory view of culture and society in North America, particularly the U.S., reveals that people are evenly divided about the leading moral and social issues confronting citizenship. The Church likewise, reflecting the culture, appears to be equally polarized in its internal agendas. Uncertainty, unrest, and resistance fill many lives as a result of changes in societal norms and cultural and family values, transitions in the workplace, acceptance of moral and spiritual relativism, and the disappearance of national and social boundaries.
What an opportunity for holiness adherents to demonstrate the spirit of love and hope through Christ without compromising their tested convictions.
The diversity of our world has brought diversity into our churches. A myriad of perspectives regarding almost every issue is raised within the church-views on church music, administrative organization, social choices, and more. It has been reported that 60 percent of the total membership of the Church of the Nazarene has entered the church in the last decade. Therefore, we should expect such variety of opinion. Add the fact of the external and extensive changes in our society during the last twenty years, and an absence of consensus is inevitable.
The apostle Paul faced a similar challenge with the Galatian churches. The main purpose of his epistle to them was to correct the double error of legalism: 1) that a person is saved initially partly by faith and partly by good works, and 2) that one is kept saved and finally perfected by a combination of faith and works.
The Judaizers were teaching that one must have Christ and Moses, faith and circumcision, grace and law. Their error was not that they substituted something for Christ's work, but that they tried to add something to it. Modern Judaizers, too, quickly outline a set of rules or administer a litmus test for new believers and old! Paul never said it was wrong for the Christians to be circumcised, or to keep the law, or to observe the festivals. He only insisted that these things had nothing to do with deserving or earning the gift of salvation.
Not only so, but he also recognized differences of sphere appointed by God. Paul was to go to the Gentiles, James and others were to work among the Jews. To all then was given the "right hand of fellowship." Mutual trust, acceptance, and recognition are a good platform on which all must work. And yet Paul fought this error of legalism tooth and nail as being a denial of the Gospel he preached.
If men and women are sons and daughters of God through Christ, no classes can exist-Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female (Galatians 3:26-28), "traditional" nor "contemporary." What matters is not circumcision or any similar requirement, but faith and a new act of creation by the Spirit (Galatians 5:6, 6:15). May this ever be so among all of those who believe!
This post was written by John A. Knight, who is a general superintendent emeritus in the Church of the Nazarene. You can find the original post here: holinesstoday.org/scourge-of-legalism
She came to her mother-in-law, who said, “How did things go with you, my daughter?” Then she told her all that the man had done for her, saying, “He gave me these six measures of barley, for he said, ‘Do not go back to your mother-in-law empty-handed.’” She replied, “Wait, my daughter, until you learn how the matter turns out, for the man will not rest, but will settle the matter today.” Ruth 3:16-28
Boaz could have taken advantage of Ruth but he was a man of virtue. He had chosen to live his life following the laws of God, doing things the right way. He was a humble man, and kept himself pure, intentionally avoiding the temptation of sexual pleasures. Even when he had the opportunity, he didn’t touch Ruth, but his own behavior kept her pure.
He didn’t look down upon her as a poor immigrant, but saw her for the woman of virtue and character that she was and he was overcome. He took the time to hear her speak and immediately understood that she, too, had the same values that he did and that she was a woman of great character, serving God and her mother-in-law.
Boaz did the right thing. He sent her home with food and a promise. Then, he went to the city gate and there, settled the matter officially, taking care to do things the right way. Only then did he take her to be his wife, and they enjoyed life together. Their grandson would be King David, and eventually, from their family line would come the Messiah.
There are some who would consider Boaz’s behavior quite ‘old fashioned’ and ‘traditional.’ In our free-wheeling society the story would be retold with Boaz and Ruth ‘hooking-up’ right there on the threshing floor. Next, they might move in together to see if this was a good thing. Meanwhile Ruth would have to work to support her mother-in-law and Boaz would go about enjoying his ‘freedom’ as an unmarried man, but with ‘benefits.’
But what if, even today, we chose to do the right thing? That which may seem to be ‘old fashioned’ or ‘traditional’?
The church reacted against the legalism of her past but, in some ways, I would suggest that the pendulum may have swung too far the other direction. Within the life of the church there ought to still be a place for training in discipleship that leads us to a different way of life. Yes, it is very counter-cultural, but it also has to do with doing things the right way in light of scriptures.
Let me take a moment for item number four. Study after study continues to show that the likelihood of divorce decreases with the fewer number of sexual partners one has had. For virgin women who marry, the likelihood of divorce after 5 years, is just 5%. For those who have had just one other sexual partner, the divorce rate goes above 20%. For those with ten or more sexual partners, the rate is over 35%. Sadly, since 2010 only 5% of brides are virgins. By the way, the studies do show that most of those are religious folks who attend church regularly.
You see, there’s something positive that happens when we choose to do things the right way. The world says that we can have all the short-cuts the we want! Why bother with all that traditional junk. And yet, we have good news, because when you choose to do things the right way, we have statistics that show that overall, life will be better. God is providing us with a better way, one in which we will be healthier, happier and able to thrive. It’s not restrictive, but it’s actually freeing. So, why aren’t we talking about it?
To be a disciple is to grow in grace and to become all that God has for us, in Christ. It’s about doing things God’s way. God’s given us a great resource to point us in the right direction. We must seriously study the word and the ways in which God has laid out before us. Then, we are called to follow Jesus, and that is choosing to do the right thing.
Lord, I want to listen to your words and follow you. Please, give me your wisdom to follow you in doing the right thing. Amen.
This post was written by Rev Carla Sunberg. You can find her original post here: reflectingtheimage.blogspot.com/2018/11/choosing-to-do-things-right-way.html
On a daily basis, hundreds of questions come to mind about this faith that I profess. As a pastor, sometimes it is hard to admit that there are times that I need to be intentional about my spiritual growth. This type of progression doesn’t come naturally, because I think humanity’s natural tendency is to follow that which is comfortable and easy. “Comfortable and easy” has me written all over it. Even though this is the case, there are frequent occasions when I need to get real with myself and ask the hard questions. Allow me to take the time to invite you into my own growth process for a few minutes…It is possible you may have to ask yourself these questions too.
1. Why Do I Follow Jesus?
I often think about the stories in the Bible about the amazing miracles Jesus accomplished. Whether it was turning water into wine, healing a sick person, or making food appear when supplies were limited, each time He performed these feats His “fan base” would grow considerably. People would follow Him around and immediately come to His side when He showed them something incredible. This was great, but I can imagine that many followed in hopes that He would do these great things for them. In today’s Christian culture, there are many who simply follow Jesus because they want to have their eternal destiny “locked in”. I am not diminishing this concept, but I fear that if this is the only reason we follow Jesus then our faith becomes about what Jesus has or can do for us instead of the light we should be in the darkness.
2. What Gives Me Joy?
So many Christians get the concept of happiness and joy mixed up. In our most immature state, it is easy to want to “abandon ship” when a series of tribulations come our way. I often get discouraged about things that simply do not affect the flow of the kingdom AND, I tend to forget that God has answered much bigger prayers in the past. I have seen miracles and He has spoken to me. Wretched, poor, nothing-to-offer; me. What brings me joy is a delight in knowing that the same loving force that created the universe has everything under control, and loves me…even when I am experiencing temporary chaos.
3. What Am I Doing to Grow?
Do you think farmers get upset because their crops need water and sunlight? Do you think they feel as if it is legalistic to assume that their livestock need fed in order to eventually feed the multitudes? Of course not! A good farmer does what it takes to make sure they are planting and harvesting as much as they can each year. They take advantage of the fertility of their land so that their yield will be bountiful. When a pastor stands up in front of his or her congregation and talks about “legalistic” things like spiritual disciplines (scripture reading, giving, community worship, prayer, etc) they are simply teaching their people how to effectively feed their soul. They are teaching the farmers to farm and experience their own personal harvest. Do we, as Christians, rely on one hour every week as the sole means for our spiritual growth, or does it carry throughout the week?
4. Have I Sacrificed Anything to Follow Christ?
Now, please hear me when I say that this is not a question I publicly ask to send the accuser your way. I think it is a genuinely innocent question that all need to ask themselves. Whether it be in the areas of time, talent, or treasure can we really think of a time in which we had to release something we valued to God? Sometimes we think that we are being persecuted because someone made fun of our prayer time before our lunch break, or we see the direction the government is going in a certain political area…but…what would our faith look like if it was all we had left? Many do operate this way. Just something to ponder…
5. Do I Value Comfort Over Christ?
I can’t tell you how many times I have heard people complain about the taste of the communion wafers at various churches I have attended. Really?!?!…Really?!?! We are remembering a time in which Jesus just got done saying “goodbye for now” to His followers and indicated death was coming, AND for some reason we complain because of the taste of a cracker. Okay…that part of my rant is complete, but in all seriousness, when God asks us to become uncomfortable for His purposes, how do we react? Do we disobey, or give our all?
6. How Do I Treat Non-believers?
It may come as a surprise to many, but non-Christians have no reason to act like Christians. Yep, you heard correctly. So, with this as an understanding, why do we base our judgement of non-Christian behavior using Christian values? Granted, I believe that Christ-following is the source of an abundant life, but we can not expect people who don’t know Him to fully live as if they do… God has sent the Church into the world to serve these people regardless. They are human. They are loved by God. We were in their shoes too at one point. Do we treat people who don’t know Christ with compassion, understanding, and love? Or, do we spit venom at them to inflict mortal wounds? Sure, we must share Christ with all, and be the light of Jesus in this dark world but do we really accomplish this when people flee from our sight when they learn our affiliation?
7. How Important is My Faith?
Assuming that mostly Christians are reading this blog today, the question I have is about how we view the priority of our spiritual life. Ask yourself if your faith is a hobby, habit, or a hunger. When we look at things in this way, it will help us honestly evaluate our relationship with God. Whether it comes to church attendance, giving, prayer, or general growth, can we honestly say that we have a hunger for the things God considers a priority. Is our faith a hobby that we take part in when we don’t have anything else to do or when everything is running smoothly? Is it a habit we have always taken part in, but there is no real meaning attached? Or, do we have a deep hunger for God’s spirit to guide, grow, and send us daily?
When we take the time to honestly evaluate our faith, things can get rather hairy. It may cause us to *gulp* change some things and go a different direction. This is just how it works. Trust God to reveal the sharp edges He wants to chisel as you ask these questions.
Keep Him the center. The world is at stake. Hell hates it when you do.
Love you all.
This post was written by Rev DeCrastos. You can find the website for the church he serves here: www.fisherspointcc.org
If you are a normal Christ-follower, you have probably failed in the past. In fact, I guarantee that there was some crisis moment that called you to repentance. Whether it be something one would consider catastrophic to a simple recognition of the need to change. Whatever the case may be, there was once a time in which God woke you up from a spiritual slumber. The purpose of following Jesus, though, is not to make mean people nice, or even bad people good. It is to reveal to people that resurrection is possible, and in fact, needed. As a Christian, I mishandle the treasure of salvation daily, and there are times I forget that God’s power is available to me. I am in need of a resurrection.
As I have observed Christians as a whole, I have noticed that I am definitely not the only one that struggles (as implied above). There are unhealthy behaviors that become natural temptations for the believer and I think they need to be addressed in all of our lives. I have named a few here but there are many more. Yes, they are sinful and need to be stopped.
The following are 8 Unhealthy Christian Behaviors
1. Gossip- This virus…This rotten, hate-filled, ugly monster of a behavior easily rips through souls and congregations as if they are a paper bag. Think I am being a little harsh? I feel it is not harsh enough. Countless numbers of families, friendships, and churches have been split apart because of the seed that gossip plants. There is a difference between “hearing a prayer request” and gossip. Pray that God gives you the discernment (not the desire to justify) to make the distinction. AND, before pointing fingers, evaluate your own heart. So what if Sandy Smith (made up name) was seen at a rated R movie…have you been in God’s word consistently lately? Take this as a caution not an accusation.
2. Duplicity- One of the hardest things to convince a nonbeliever is that this Christian life is relevant outside of the walls of the church. It absolutely is, but how much of a testimony are we displaying if we abandon our beliefs when we leave the worship service and pick them up again next Sunday? It just doesn’t make sense. The spirit of God is available to us 24/7. He desires to make us whole at home as well. Don’t be a different person in private…stay consistent.
3. Unforgiveness- The Christ-centered life revolves around forgiveness. It is the most unique doctrine in the world. The fact that the Creator of the universe, knowing that we messed up everything, has forgiven us… THAT is powerful. Why, then, do we think we are more powerful? I mean, why do we think we can withhold forgiveness to ourselves or others? Think about that… A precious gift that is given to be distributed. Amazing.
4. Arrogance- Christians should look at themselves as the servants to the world, not the rulers of all in it. This is how we operate. So, to think that our belief system somehow makes us superior to anyone is absurd. Sure, we have an excellent eternity to look forward to, but we are called to serve…not to be served. Yes, we are God’s children so there is a royal implication, but this kingdom is much different that what we are used to reading about. It is a kingdom of willing sacrifice, worship, and surrender.
5. Ignoring Conviction- If you get tired of defending your actions (even when no one is condemning them) you may be under conviction about something. This is okay. It is natural. It is simply God telling you to do something else. Aren’t you glad that we serve a God that cares enough to convict you? Give up your need to be right all the time, and defend your habits, or life patterns. Truly listen to what God has to say. Then, make the changes necessary. You will find joy in it.
6. Discontentment- There is a gray area here that I will openly admit. On one hand, it could be that God is calling you to something bigger. On the other hand, it could be that God is calling you to bloom where you are planted. In any case, though, it seems like we often get into the destructive habit of constantly being unhappy with God’s provision or His call. We want more, and bigger, and better, and rarely praise Him when things are rough or seemingly sparse. Why? He created the universe with His voice. Why can’t He create more out of our little? Sure, we can tell Him we will give more if we have more, but should He really give us more if we are not extravagantly generous with what we currently have? Will He not provide? Be content each step of the way, and pray that you recognize when He is calling you forward.
7. Apathy- I encounter Christians, regularly, who just don’t care anymore. Perhaps they are in a spiritual slump or have unplugged from God for a while for some reason. They would not consider themselves and unbeliever, but there is definitely a hallow feeling…a “blah” feeling in their spirit. In these cases, I think God wants us to pursue Him harder than ever. Get back to the fundamentals. Reading scripture, prayer, and community worship are a great start. You will break through this… Keep reminding yourself that God’s grace does not run out just because you are tired. His power is still fully charged and ready to engage the enemy.
8. Worry- Christians call it “concern”. Stop it. He’s got this. Do I really need to remind you of the thousands of times God has come through? Do I need to remind you of the times God’s people helped you through hard times? Do I need to remind you about the times where God revealed a little personal message to you through His word? Nah…of course I don’t. You remember. If you haven’t heard this lately, let me be the one to say it…everything is going to be fine. Bigger things have happened and greater miracles are right around the corner.
I hope, as you read these, you realize that I am in the same boat. Let’s all get on an exciting new journey where we reject the things that look nothing like Jesus. It’s okay to change direction as long as it is facing toward the Father. Unaddressed unhealthy behaviors can lead to a domino affect that will create a bitterness in your heart for what God considers good.
Reflect. Recalibrate. Return to His design.
This post was written by Rev DeCrastos. You can find the website for the church he serves here: www.fisherspointcc.org
Dear Red Shirt Guy in Front of Me at the Deli,
How are you, sir? I hope your meal was enjoyable this afternoon. Mine was great.
I couldn’t help but notice you had an . . . interesting . . . interaction with the woman behind the counter. After placing your order, your voice suddenly became audible, and you announced that you all were about to pray, and asked if there was anything you could pray for the clerk about. I was aware of this part of your conversation because suddenly you were speaking in a non-inside voice, maybe a bit like a public-speaking voice. I know this was not your normal tone or volume because I have no idea what you ordered, but I sure knew you were about to pray.
The girl behind the counter replied with, “I think I’m good. Thanks,” which I found to be generous and kind. See, I, too, am in the food service industry, and I, too, have been approached by religious people asking if they could pray for me. It’s an awkward thing, and not because I don’t want you to pray for me. It’s awkward because you don’t know me. Like, at all. You don’t know my religious preference, or if I would even want you to pray for me. You also don’t recognize that, when you ask your food service worker that, they’re in a tight spot – they’re supposed to make you happy. It’s their job. If they embarrass you, they could be fired. So, even if they would welcome the prayer, and even if you knew each other, it would still be awkward because there are a lot of other guests around that might be put-off about this suddenly-religious conversation that’s keeping them from ordering a sandwich or a salad.
Your follow-up, a reaching-over-the-counter handshake, which, again, she could not refuse, and the also-loud invitation to join you at your congregation furthered the awkwardness of the encounter. You quite obviously made the poor girl uncomfortable, and while your exchange lasted less than a minute, there was a rather lengthy line behind you. It wasn’t the time or the place, brother.
I know you mean well. Well, I hope you mean well. I hope your intention was just to do something nice for that woman. I hope it wasn’t to get other people to think you’re spiritual or anything. If you really wanted to do something nice for that woman, I think just asking her how she is and if she’s having a good day would do the job just as well. Nay, better.
All of this is just to say that, if you want to be spiritual, living it out is better than talking about it loudly. Kindness toward your food service worker would be an answer to a prayer, rather than an advertisement for one. Praying for your cashier in private would be, I don’t know, actually what you are supposed to do, rather than just making a spectacle.
I know I probably won’t change your mind, but I just want you to know that there are a lot of us who have heard a lot of people talk about being religious, and we’re ready to see a little less talk and a lot more action.
Yellow Shirt Guy Behind You in the Deli
This post is taken from https://mundanespirituality.wordpress.com/2014/11/24/spiritual-but-not-obnoxious/
Some years ago we assisted Brother Phillips and others in a camp-meeting at Boyden, in northwestern Iowa, The meeting was remarkable for the large number of children who were clearly and powerfully converted. As we pass through the place we are pleased to see one of the boys who was then converted, now a young man of promise, come on the train on his way to conference to take work.
Those who place a light estimate on the conversion of children make a great mistake. The best orchards are composed of trees which were grafted when small. The men of whose deep and abiding piety, and consequent usefulness, honorable mention is made in the Bible, began to lead a life of piety in early youth. Look over the list. We give one or two: Moses was brought up in the court of Pharaoh, and was skilled in all the learning of the Egyptians; but there is no mention made of his having practiced their vices. Joseph, while a mere lad, lived so close to God that prophetic revelations were made to him. He, too, as Moses had done, successfully resisted all the enervating and worldly influences of an idolatrous court.
Those converted young may not make as great a sensation at the start as those who have turned from vicious courses to the service of God, but they, as a rule, hold out longer and lead more useful lives. Let us labor more earnestly, steadily and prayerfully for the conversion of the children.
Roberts, B.T., Pungent Truths (Kindle Locations 1719-1730). Unknown. Kindle Edition.
Beloved, don’t you forget that when the eternal security man is telling you that nothing can separate you from God, that Old Bud said if your religion won’t keep you out of sin in this world, it will not keep you out of hell in the world to come. There is nothing can put you in heaven but holiness. And as far as I have been able to see, the eternal security man takes no stock in holiness. Ridicule and scorn are his complete stock. What a pity!
Robinson, Reuben A. (Bud). The Collected Works of 'Uncle Bud' Robinson (Kindle Locations 4620-4623). Jawbone Digital. Kindle Edition.
"THE HERETIC (who is also the fanatic) is not a man who loves truth too much; no man can love truth too much. The heretic is a man who loves his truth more than truth itself. He prefers the half-truth that he has found to the whole truth which humanity has found. He does not like to see his own precious little paradox merely bound up with twenty truisms into the bundle of the wisdom of the world."
~G.K. Chesterton: The Common Man.
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