Sunday, September 30, 2018

Mason: the long-buried gift

Sunday, September 30, 2018
    Finally, brothers, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you.
    —2 Thessalonians 3:1 (NIV)
    One of the results of the Reformation,... which is somewhat difficult of explanation, was the attitude of the Protestant Church of the Reformation to missions during the Reformation period (1517-1650).
    Having themselves been emancipated from the superstitions and slavery of a false doctrine and a harsh ecclesiastical government, it would be thought most natural that the reformers and those who followed them should promptly turn their attention to spreading these glad tidings among non-Christian peoples; but here a strange anomaly is found in the fact that there had been hardly any period, in the entire history of the Christian Church, so destitute of any concerted effort to spread the gospel in heathen lands [as] just this period of the Reformation.
    ... Alfred D. Mason (1855-1923), Outlines of Missionary History [1912], New York: Doran, 1921, p. 53 (see the book)
    See also 2 Thess. 3:1; Acts 6:7; 12:24; 13:48-49; 19:20; 1 Cor. 16:8-9
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, let the flame of love for Your message burn brightly in our hearts.
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