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Sublime or Ridiculous

Author: Dave Arnold

Someone asked Henry Drummond, “Isn’t the first need of Christianity today that it shall have more men behind it?” He replied, “No, not more men, but a better brand.”1

“He who does not take up his cross and follow Me [cleave steadfastly to Me, conforming wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying also] is not worthy of Me” (Matthew 10:38).

“Christianity is a revolutionary religion, or it is nothing. Because it is creative, it is uncomfortable. There are no births without pains. The Church was divinely created to establish the fraternal human society. It should, therefore, be the relentless enemy of oppression, aggression, and privilege. When it has condoned any of these things, when it has patched up peace with the Devil, whom it is its business to destroy, when it has petted and fondled that fat sheep in the sheepfold and forgotten the hungry sheep lost on the mountains, it has become the sounding brass or tinkling cymbal. The Church must be either sublime or ridiculous.”2

1. When Hell Trembles and Other Sermons for Revival, James P. Wesberry, Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, MI, Copyright 1974, p. 87

2. Sidney Dark in Seven Archbishops, London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, Ltd., 1944

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