The Age-Temptation of American Christians

The Age-Temptation of American Christians

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...the world," superior through faith and love to its materialisms and world-idolatries. And can we doubt that the methods ofr Christ and the Apostles, exemplifying as they do the stress of all Bible teachings, are the trQe and best methods to genuine Christian power over men? But the drift of the times is in the opposite direction. Christian men and women are aiming to become influential for Christ by ways which he himself utterly repudiated, and which " never came into his mind." They voluntarily " fall down " in vassalage to the world's ideas and demands. They think to draw the worldly classes to their Christianity by imitating the world in its extravagances' and magnificence, its splendid luxurious banquets, its showy " costly array," and its popular fashionable pleasures. They wish to be large-hearted and liberal toward the world, adopting not only pleasures and practices that are confessedly harmless and recreating, but even such as are question able, dangerous, and damaging, provided they be popular. In these schemes of influence-seeking, however, they are but dupes of a "confidenceman." The world promises to give them the kingdom, --a kingly, personal power in society, --in recompense for all this willing subservience and vassalage. But, instead of this, the rule of Christ in their own hearts is undermined or overthrown; their time and vital working-power and the money at their command are consumed in the whirl of the world's exhausting excitements and expensive demands; they but grind, like Samson, in the weary mill of the Philistines; they countenance and confirm in society that selfish earthliness which Christianity has been sent to resist and overcome; and, instead of amassing more

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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236858026
  • 9781236858023