The Church Of England And Common Sense; Or, A Working Faith For Thoughtful Men

Paperback | February 6, 2012

byHarry Jones

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1864. Excerpt: ... OBEDIENCE. Obedience follows faith naturally. The two are joined together, they cannot exist in separation. As it is put in our English Bible, "without faith it is impossible to please God," i. e., obedience apart from faith is an impossibility; so likewise, "faith without works is dead." The real question then about obedience is, "What shall we do? We obey God in proportion to our faith; but what are His laws, where do we find them? They are operative, immutable in all cases, but which are most pressing? Some, such as the laws of nature, avenge themselves with unfeeling impartiality. No ignorance of their operation protects us. The child which smiles and puts its finger into the candle is surely burnt. The saint and the sinner who fall over the cliff are, by the laws of gravity, alike inexorably killed. But other laws have what I mav call a proportionate effect; The suffering which follows their infraction varies according to the ignorance of the offender. The sentence of the slaves in the parable commends itself to our sense of justice, "He which knew his lord's will, and did not according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes, but he that knew not and did commit things worthy of stripes shall be beaten with few stripes. One deduction from this would be; cultivate ignorance, lower the man into the slave, and the slave into the brute. But our spirit resents this, the object of life is not to escape stripes, and therefore we try to learn and rise. Hence too a pressing necessity to know the Lord's will, to distinguish the voice Divine. In the Babel of demands upon our obedience from one teacher or another, we want to know which to listen to. We feel bound to keep God's commandments, but ask sometimes petulantly, if not in despair, which be they? T...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1864. Excerpt: ... OBEDIENCE. Obedience follows faith naturally. The two are joined together, they cannot exist in separation. As it is put in ou...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:22 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.05 inPublished:February 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217950442

ISBN - 13:9780217950442

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