The conflict of ages
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Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC
By: Edward Beecher
Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III. THE MOVING POWERS OF CHRISTIANITY. By the moving powers of Christianity, I mean those truths which in practice are of fundamental importance in the great work of moral renovation. Moral renovation is the great practical encl for which the system of Christianity is designed, and in which it terminates. This work presupposes depravity in man, and a system of means ordained for its removal. Christ thus states his own views of his great aim and end : "I came not to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance. The Son of Man is come to seek and save that which is lost." This is to be effected by producing in sinful man conviction of sin, a true and honorable sense of its evils, repentance and faith in Christ. But true repentance and confession of sin imply a conviction that the conduct of God towards the sinner has been, in all things, honorable and right, and that his own conduct towards God has been wrong, dishonorable, and without excuse. It is plain, therefore, that those are the great moving powers of Christianity which are essential in order to produce these results. It is no less plain that they are the two following: 1. A true and thorough statement of what is involved in the fallen and ruined condition of man as a sinner. 2. A full development of the honor, justice, and benevolence of God, in all his dealings with man, so made, as, inthe first place, to free him from the charge of dishonorably ruining them, and then to exhibit him as earnestly and benevolently engaged in efforts for their salvation, through Christ, after they have been ruined by their own fault. Of these two moving powers, each is equally indispensable in the great work of renovating and saving man. Till he is brought truly to see and deeply to feel his lost and ruined state, and...