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 The Church In Worldliness - Charles Finney

A large part of the church at the present day has the spirit of worldliness, and every effort to open the eyes of the church, and to make Christians see that they live so low, so worldly, so much like hypocrites, that it is impossible that the work of the Lord should go on, only excites ill will and occasions reproach. “

Oh," they say, "what a bad spirit he shows, so censorious, and so unkind, surely that is anything but the meek, and kind, and loving spirit of the Son of God.” They forget how Jesus Christ poured out his anathemas, enough to make the hills of Judea shake, against those that had the reputation of being the most pious people in that day.

Just as if Jesus Christ never said anything severe to anybody, but just fawned over them, and soothed them into his kingdom. Who does not know that it was the hypocritical spirit exhibited by professors of religion, that roused his soul and moved his indignation, and called forth his burning torrents of denunciation.

He was always complaining of the very people who were set up as patterns of piety, and called them hypocrites, and thundered over their heads the terrible words, "HOW CAN YOU ESCAPE THE DAMNATION OF HELL!"

SI Moderator - Greg Gordon

 2012/10/17 17:15Profile

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 Re: The Church In Worldliness - Charles Finney

So true.

You know what, Greg, it never before dawned on how often Jesus antagonized the Scribes and Pharisees until now that I am studying John! It was because they were unrepentant sinners who were more interested in power then in following God. Jesus was interested in them being reconciled with the Father but it could only come by them accepting Him as the Son. Actually, the Scribes and Pharisees were more interested being administrators in matters of religion then being a spokesman for God! Sounds like a lot of people I know today except they go by different titles.

So you have a fight. And it continues on and on...things have not changed any since then. Must mean the same devil is still alive and well on planet earth.

Sandra Miller

 2012/10/17 18:23Profile

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