Words From The Past
In order to examine ourselves thoroughly, let the case be proposed in the strongest manner. What, if I were to see a Papist, an Arian, a Socinian casting out devils? If I did, I could not forbid even him, without convicting myself of bigotry. Yea, if it could be supposed that I should see a Jew, a Deist, or a Turk, doing the same, were I to forbid him either directly or indirectly, I should be no better than a bigot still.
O stand clear of this! But be not content with not forbidding any that casts out devils. It is well to go thus far; but do not stop here. If you will avoid all bigotry, go on. In every instance of this kind, whatever the instrument be, acknowledge the finger of God. And not only acknowledge, but rejoice in his work, and praise his name with thanksgiving. Encourage whomsoever God is pleased to employ, to give himself wholly up thereto. Speak well of him wheresoever you are; defend his character and his mission.Enlarge, as far as you can, his sphere of action; show him all kindness in word and deed; and cease not to cry to God in his behalf, that he may save both himself and them that hear him.
I need add but one caution: Think not the bigotry of another is any excuse for your own. It is not impossible, that one who casts out devils himself, may yet forbid you so to do. You may observe, this is the very case mentioned in the text. The Apostles forbade another to do what they did themselves. But beware of retorting. It is not your part to return evil for evil. Another’s not observing the direction of our Lord, is no reason why you should neglect it. Nay, but let him have all the bigotry to himself. If he forbid you, do not you forbid him. Rather labour, and watch, and pray the more, to confirm your love toward him. If he speak all manner of evil of you, speak all manner of good (that is true) of him. (John Wesley from here)
Hover over the date and see what’s posted.
Posts I Like
WHAT’S BEING READ?There are over 3000 posts on this blog. Here are the posts that folks have enjoyed the most. More are listed in the footer below.
All Time Favorites
Favorites Over The Last Quarter
Most Shared Posts
Most Commented — Based on the 1000 most recent comments.
Most Popular Christian Messages Over The Last Year
Top Posts & Pages Based Upon Views
Top Posts & Pages Based Upon Likes
Most Popular Topics This Past Week
Monthly Archives: July 2008
This meeting was pretty much a straight-forward business meeting. Of course, we started off with reports from the candidates. Fortunately, campaign representatives provided these reports. So the reports were short and to the point. :wink: Campaign Reports Congressman Frank Wolf‘s campaign needs volunteers … Continue reading
Mark R. Warner James S. ”Jim” Gilmore III Anyone who thinks we need to let our governors stay in the governor’s mansion indefinitely probably misses the significance of this senate race. Here we have two former governors competing to represent … Continue reading
Good Fences Make Good Neighbors Congress had its plan. That flopped. So perhaps the blogosphere is as good a place as any to come up with an immigration plan. What is out there? Well, there does not necessarily seem to … Continue reading
One thing you can do to make a difference is to write a Letter to the Editor. Every candidate needs such support. Here is one asking for your support (excerpted from an email). Keith Needs you to Write Your Editor … Continue reading
Here are some excerpts from the July 26th edition of Senator Ken Cuccinelli’s Cuccinelli Compass. Disappointment. Virginia’s Harriet Miers Last week the Administration nominated a Democrat to the bench in the Eastern District of Virginia (in Alexandria). His name is Anthony Trenga, and he … Continue reading