Christian Retirement; Or Spiritual Exercises Of The Heart, By The Author Of 'christian Experience…

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byThomas Shaw B. Reade

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1836. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... LXXVI. ON GROWTH IN GRACE. If it be a received axiom in philosophy, that all theories which contradict universal experience are false; and in politics, that what is morally wrong, cannot be politically right; so in religion it must be equally admitted, that what is practically wrong, cannot be doctrinally right. Hence the different views of Gospel truth which men entertain, must be brought to this unerring test: "by their fruits ye shall know them." It is astonishing how prone we are in matters of religion to run to extremes; as if the only way to avoid the cold of the Arctic circle, was by flying immediately to that of the Antarctic. But as the warmest parts of the earth lie midway between its extremities, so truth is generally found between the extremes of error. "Fierce contentions have too frequently followed close upon remarkable revivals of religion, and have deformed their character, and arrested their progress. These contentions have in great part arisen from well-intentioned and zealous men pushing things to extremes; being too impatient to pause for the purpose of defining and explaining; and thus drowning the voice of truth amid the din of loud assertion and impetuous dispute. But that which was violent and extreme could never continue long: it is not in the nature of things that it should be so. With the temperate, and the calm, and the moderate--provided only that they do not compromise substantial truth--is wisdom; and with them is endurance; while that which carries things beyond all due bounds, soon passes away; nay very commonly it opens the way for that which is in the contrary extreme to succeed it." Much division in the church would be avoided, if ministers .would conscientiously guard against imposing anything upon their people, but what the...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1836. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... LXXVI. ON GROWTH IN GRACE. If it be a received axiom in philosophy, that all theories which contradict universal experience are false...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:142 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.3 inPublished:January 10, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217457290

ISBN - 13:9780217457293

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