Friday, May 21, 2010

Still true today...

One of the commentators I enjoy reading is J.F. Strombeck.  Ran across this quote from him the other day that rings all too true today.  Here's the crazy thing.  This quote is from 1940.  How sad that we still struggle with the same problem.

"There is an abundant life, widely advocated these days, but that is restricted entirely to the material and temporal.  A large part of the professing Christian church has, to an amazing extent, become concerned about the abundance of the material and temporal to the exclusion of the spiritual and eternal.  Moral reform, social uplift and economic problems have taken the place of the proclamation of a salvation that God freely offers to sin-cursed human race that is traveling at a terrific speed toward an everlasting separation from Him and all that flows from Him.  Even when the need for salvation is seen and faithfully presented, very often the temporal values derived therefrom, in the form of reformed lives and remade homes, are the most loudly acclaimed, while the spiritual and eternal values that come to the individual are in many, yes, very many, instances seldom mentioned and much less given their primary importance.  The present day emphasis upon lifting the human race out of its low state has largely become one of dealing with temporal values.  God's emphasis, on the other hand, as found in the Bible, is to deal with the problem of human sin and all its consequences on the basis of eternal values.  This is through Salvation.  Social welfare work and all moral reform, however good for the present, do not help men and women beyond the grace, and the grace is not the end of man.  He has an undying soul that goes on and on and on into eternity.  The salvation that God, and He alone, has accomplished through Jesus Christ provides for that undying soul of man and brings it into an unending infinitely glorious and blissful state."

Get out there Christian and PREACH THE GOSPEL!  Pastor, teach your flock to value the person and work of Jesus Christ.  Only through a right estimation of who He is and what He did that they will ever develop a passion for His name and the spreading of it.

2 Timothy 4:1-5 - I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom:  2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.  3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,  4 and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.  5 But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

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