Letters to the Clergy

Letters to the Clergy

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Excerpt: ...or that there is any other salvation except a salvation from sin, he is obliged to publicly contradict that teaching 160 by everything which he says in the church out of the pulpit. Again, if any clergyman preaches away the penalties of sin (Letter VIII. ), he is obliged to publicly contradict his preaching every Ash Wednesday, when he reads the general sentences of God's cursing against impenitent sinners. Mr. Ruskin asks (Letter III. ), "Can this Gospel of Christ be put into such plain words and short terms as that a plain man may understand it?" I answer that the English Church has tried to do this in the Catechism, in which every baptized child is taught in very simple and plain words the gospel, or good news, that God the Father has, in His Son Jesus Christ, adopted him or her into His family, and therein offers him or her the continual help of the Holy Ghost. Mr. Ruskin complains that the clergy do not teach the people the meaning of the Lord's Prayer (Letter VI. ) He must assume that the clergy neglect to teach children the Church Catechism, in which is an answer to the question, "What desirest thou of God in this prayer?" It is an answer which would 161 probably satisfy Mr. Ruskin. He would see that "Hallowed be Thy name" does not merely mean that people ought to abstain from bad language. And in the explanation of the third commandment, he would see that something more is forbidden than letting out a round oath (Letter VI. ) Mr. Ruskin complains that the clergy do not prevent the entrance among their congregations of persons leading openly wicked lives (Letter VI. ) Before this can be charged on the clergy as a sin, he should show that they have power and authority to do this. In the service for Ash Wednesday he will find that the clergy express their desire for a restoration of the godly discipline of the primitive Church, which Mr. Ruskin also desires. But he ought to know that such restoration must be the work not of the clergy only, ...show more

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  • United States
  • English
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  • 1236713729
  • 9781236713728