Every-Day Topics; A Book of Briefs Volume 3

Every-Day Topics; A Book of Briefs Volume 3

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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. 1876 edition. Excerpt: ...to the obstacles that stand in the way of the consummation so devoutly to be desired. Christianity itself is not responsible for one of these obstacles. They exist entirely in the minds of men. As we have declared elsewhere and often, the simple facts that the different evangelical sects recognize each other as Christians, and rejoice in unity of spirit, make every possible apology for sectarianism an absurdity. They are an open confession that nothing essential to Christianity divides them, and keeps them divided, --an open confession that sectarian divisions are based upon non-essential differences of belief, policy, and practice. The day is past for defending sectarianism from the divine or Chris tian side of the question. Christianity will have nothing to do with such a defense. The founder of our religion never founded a sect, and the religion itself is not responsible for one that exists. So far as the church exists it is spiritually a unit in the eye of Him who founded it. That it is divided into parties which compete with one another, and quarrel with one another, and regard one another with jealousy, and are full of party spirit, is man's affair entirely, for which he is to be held responsible, and for which he is most indubitably blameworthy. ' The grand obstacles that stand in the way of organic union are, first, a failure to appreciate thenecessity and desirableness of such a union, and, second, the established sectarian organizations and interests. Now in our political affairs we accept the adage: " In union there is strength," as our axiom. No one thinks of questioning it. A number of free and independ ent States could gather, as the Evangelical Alliance did, in a representative assembly, on a common basis...
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  • Paperback | 116 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 222g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236960432
  • 9781236960436