Conservative and Liberal Christianity   1 comment

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

Last January I attended a lesbian wedding; the ceremony was at a church building.  It was a lovely rite and the couple is wonderful.  My great-grandfather would have kvetched endlessly.  He would also object to the fact that the officiating priest was female.  He would probably have called all of us deluded apostates.

My great-grandfather used the word “professor” to mean “one who professes,” not one who teaches at a college or university.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 8, 2013 COMMON ERA

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Matt. 5, 13-16

I.

1.  History demonstrates the downward tendency of character, e.g., the antediluvians, the Israelites under Moses, and their kings.  All earthly movements and civilizations manifest this weakness.

2.  In such a world the church is the one great conservative, restraining power.  It brings a gospel antagonizing all sin and quickening the conscience, offering grace to all.  Christianity has been this force.

3.  If only salt would keep its saltness.  This calls for the most diligent, personal effort.  But delusions and apostasies have come, e.g., the times of Luther & Wesley.  Losing its savour it is useless, harmful.

Yet its restraining power is prevented sometimes by professors & parents who come between it and their children, etc.

II.

1.  But the church must also quicken the dead & almost dead by giving the gospel light to all–aggressive Christianity.

2.  To do this no one should obscure or hide his light by a bushel–timidity, fear, wrong deeds.

It shines best in good works, not mere words.

3.  The desired end of it all is that men may be induced to glorify God.  This should regulate all the life and be uppermost in one’s desire.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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