Thursday, December 29, 2016

Phillips: a terrifying ignorance

Thursday, December 29, 2016
    Feast of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, Martyr, 1170
    ... thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else’s foundation, but as it is written, “Those who have never been told of him will see, and those who have never heard will understand.”
    —Romans 15:20-21 (ESV)
    To me there is a much more frightening ignorance in our modern world than the “ignorance of the heathen.” I am referring to the almost total ignorance of the content and implication of the Christian Faith shown by many “clever” people today. Frankly, I find it horrifying to discover that men who are experts in their own line, in astronomy, genetics, or nuclear physics, for example, have no adult knowledge of what the Church of Christ stands for, and a complete blank ignorance of what the Church is achieving today. It is the more horrifying because people who rightly respect the expert for his knowledge in his own field have no idea that he has not carefully examined and reluctantly discarded Christianity; but in all probability he has never studied it at all!
    ... J. B. Phillips (1906-1982), The Church Under the Cross, London: Macmillan, 1956, p. xii (see the book)
    See also Rom. 15:20-21; Isa. 52:15; 65:1; 2 Cor. 10:14-16
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, let me not presume; lead me to speak the Gospel boldly.
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