Friday, July 12, 2019

Johnson: the duty of Bible circulation

Friday, July 12, 2019
    Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right.”
    —Acts 10:34,35 (NIV)
    I did not expect to hear that it could be, in an assembly convened for the propagation of Christian knowledge, a question whether any nation uninstructed in religion should receive instruction; or whether that, instruction should be imparted to them by a translation of the holy-books into their own language. If obedience to the will of God be necessary to happiness, and knowledge of his will be necessary to obedience, I know not how he that withholds this knowledge, or delays it, can be said to love his neighbour as himself. He, that voluntarily continues ignorance, is guilty of all the crimes which ignorance produces; as to him that should extinguish the tapers of a light-house, might justly be imputed the calamities of shipwrecks. [Continued tomorrow]
    ... Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D., v. I [1791], James Boswell, New York: Derby & Jackson, 1858, p. 419 (see the book)
    See also Acts 10:34-35,47-48; 11:18; Rom. 1:14-15; 10:17; 1 Cor. 9:16
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, use me in the cause of Your Gospel.
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