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Our Christian forefathers had a very different veiw on how we should live our faith as Christians. It puts many of us to shame today. If no one speaks out against injustice and sin, then those who are commiting them would know no better because we have been silent about the truth and we therefore are the more guilty.

Here is a quote from Horatius Bonar.

"For there is some danger of falling into a soft and effeminate Christianity, under the plea of a lofty and ethereal theology. Christianity was born for endurance; not an exotic, but a hardy plant, braced by the keen wind; not languid, nor childish, nor cowardly. It walks with strong step and erect frame; it is kindly, but firm; it is gentle, but honest; it is calm, but not facile; obliging, but not imbecile; decided, but not churlish. It does not fear to speak the stern word of condemnation against error, nor to raise its voice against surrounding evils, under the pretext it is not of this world; it does not shrink from giving honest reproof, lest it come under the charge of displaying an unchristian spirit. It calls sin sin, on whomsoever it is found, and would rather risk the accusation of being actuated by a bad spirit than not discharge an explicit duty. Let us not. misjudge strong words used in honest controversy. Out of the heat, a viper may come forth but we shake it off and feel no harm. The religion of both Old and New Testaments is markd by fervent outspoken testimonies against evil. To speak smooth things in such a case may be sentimentalism, but it is not Christianity. It is a betrayal of the cause of truth and righteousness. If anyone should be frank, manly, honest, cheerful (I do not say blunt or rude, for a Christian must be courteous and polite); it is he who has tasted that the Lord is gracious, and is looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God I know that charity covereth a multitude of sins; but it does not call evil good, because a good man has done it; it does not excuse inconsistencies, because the inconsistent brother has a high name and a fervent spirit; crookedness and worldliness are still crookedness and worldliness, though exhibited in one who seems to have reached no common height of attainment."

I CHARGE [you] in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, Who is to judge the living and the dead, and by (in the light of) His coming and His kingdom:

Herald and preach the Word! Keep your sense of urgency [stand by, be at hand and ready], whether the opportunity seems to be favorable or unfavorable. [Whether it is convenient or inconvenient, whether it is welcome or unwelcome, you as preacher of the Word are to show people in what way their lives are wrong.] And convince them, rebuking and correcting, warning and urging and encouraging them, being unflagging and inexhaustible in patience and teaching. 2 Timothy 4:1-2 (AMP)

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Comments on: "Quote from Horatius Bonar 1808-1889" (2)

  1. You hit the nail on the head Dear Brother.
    Have a great week-end and God bless you…

  2. Actually, if a Christian really does act in this forward manner against evil he does not even have to fear the reaction of evil against him. He ought to expect it and be ready to rebuke all those fiery darts. I agree with everything you say here. One of the reasons why many Christians have backed off and not done their duty are the reservations and cowardise that society has held up as being impartial when it is actually only cowardise. We don\’t have to fear when we speak out for God but we cannot make peoples choices for them. No one is ever effectively  "dragged to altar to say the sinners prayer". This is folly and should never be done. We come to the Lord on our own and on our own volition or it isn\’t a true conversion. "No man cometh to the Father except the Spirit draw Him."
                     Good entry Gerry!      The Castle Lady

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