Owen: following Jesus
Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.
—Hebrews 12:4 (NIV)
If ever we intend to take one step towards any agreement or unity, it must be by fixing this principle in the minds of all men,—that it is of no advantage to any man whatever church or way in Christian religion he be of, unless he personally believe the promises, and live in obedience unto all the precepts of Christ; and that for him who doth so, that it is a trampling of the whole gospel under foot to say that his salvation could be endangered by his not being of this or that church or way, especially considering how much of the world hath inmixed itself into all the known ways that are in it.
... John Owen (1616-1683), “A Vindication of the Animadversions on ‘Fiat Lux’” , in Works of John Owen, v. XIV, London: Johnson & Hunter, 1851, p. 312 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
Lord, You alone can lead Your people to unity.
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