Why Be A Christian ?; Addresses

Paperback | July 6, 2012

byMarcus Dods

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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. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ... HINDRANCES TO THE ACCEPTANCE OF CHRIST The initial or radical hindrance to the acceptance of Christ is, of course, indifference to His offers. The swimmer who is floating in perfect enjoyment disregards the lifebelt that is flung to him. As our Lord himself said, 'They that are whole need not a physician '; and they who think themselves whole neglect His offers. A sense of sin and a hunger for righteousness and God are requisite for the appreciation of Christ. If there is no sense of 108 sin, no feeling of degradation in being stained, weakened, misled by our own faults, no pain and uneasiness at being separated from God in whom we live, there can be no response to Christ's offers. MISCONCEPTIONS REGARDING HOLINESS I. The delay caused by this initial hindrance is often prolonged by a misconception regarding the holiness which Christ offers. It is conceived as a Pharisaic sanctimoniousness, a condition full of restrictions, and in which the pulse of life beats slowly and feebly. Christ throws open the gates of His kingdom, but men turn away with distaste and aversion, partly because to enter is to make a final decision and to shut oneself up to a limited and monotonous existence. Before doing so it is natural, especially in youth, to wish to taste life a little more variously, and to make trial of other kinds of experience. Fulness of life is a natural and a right object of desire. The mistake lies in the idea that fulness of life can be found anywhere else than in Christ. He has come for the express purpose of enlarging, deepening, and intensifying life--' I am come that they might have life, and might have it more abundantly.' He is the God-appointed source of fulness of life, and until we accept and use Him we cannot know the strength, the...

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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. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ... HINDRANCES TO THE ACCEPTANCE OF CHRIST The initial or radical hindrance to the acceptance of Christ is, of course, ind...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:18 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.04 inPublished:July 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217148182

ISBN - 13:9780217148184

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