“In one period the grossest ignorance and barbarism prevailed in the world; and afterwards, in a more enlightened age, the most daring infidelity, and contempt of God; so that the world which was once over-run with ignorance, now by wisdom knew not God, but changed the glory of the incorruptible God as much as in the most barbarous ages, into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things. Nay, as they increased in science and politeness, they ran into more abundant and extravagant idolatries.”
An Enquiry into the Obligations of Christians to Use Means for the Conversion of the Heathens (1792)
“When a WoF preacher ‘prays’ by saying ‘we bind you Satan, we come against all the powers of darkness, we rebuke all poverty and lack’ etc, they are NOT praying to God! They are talking to the devil and speaking as if they were God Himself. It is NOT prayer.”
Ex-Word of Faith Testimony of a Joyce Meyers Follower
HT: ONCE I WAS LOST blog
104 Through Your precepts I get understanding;
Therefore I hate every false way.
The Bishop of London, Nicholas Ridley, and Hugh Latimer were executed on the 16th of October 1555, during the blessedly brief reign of Queen Mary. During her five years as sovereign, 280 religious dissenters were burned at the stake in the “Marian persecutions” (Wiki).
This quote of Latimer’s appears in a contemporary polemic against the Christian celebration of Christmas as a ‘holy day’. (It’s never out of season to consider this issue.) Following the quote, you’ll find the opening paragraph of the article.
“When candles go up, preaching comes down.”
“In the Highlands of Scotland in the mid-twentieth century Christmas day was regarded as an ordinary working day. There was little recognition of it in the community and almost none in the Presbyterian Churches. This was the result of the Reformed heritage handed down from the 16th century Reformation, and especially from the Puritan element within it, that prevailed in England and Scotland. Some observed the day as a family occasion; others celebrated New Year’s Day, as they did with Harvest Thanksgiving, to acknowledge God’s goodness in the past and seeking his blessing on the future…”
Rev John J Murray
Candles Up, Preaching Down
Free Church of Scotland (Continuing)
HT: Sherry, for bringing this article to us in a comment on her post The Curse of Using Carnal Methods for God’s Work
HT: Meg, for presenting an image of Hermann Schweder’s painting in her post TO RIGHT THE WRONGS OF MANY