Saturday, July 13, 2019

Johnson: withholding the Bible is a crime

Saturday, July 13, 2019
    [Paul:] “Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by man’s design and skill. In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.”
    —Acts 17:29,30 (NIV)
    [Continued from yesterday]
    Christianity is the highest perfection of humanity; and as no man is good but as he wishes the good of others, so no man can be good in the highest degree, who wishes not to others the largest measures of the greatest good. To omit for a year, or for a day, the most efficacious method of advancing Christianity [i.e., the Bible], in compliance with any purposes that terminate this side of the grave, is a crime [the like] of which I know not that the world has yet had an example.
    ... Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D., v. I [1791], James Boswell, New York: Derby & Jackson, 1858, letter, 1766, p. 419 (see the book)
    See also Acts 17:29-30; 4:20; 26:16-18; Rom. 10:12-15; 1 Cor. 1:18-24
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, may Your word be published to the nations.
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