Saturday, November 30, 2019

Ramsay: not dogma, but life

Saturday, November 30, 2019
    Feast of Andrew the Apostle
    Only hold on to what you have until I come. To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations
    —Revelation 2:25-26 (NIV)
    It was not dogma that moved the world, but life. Frequently, when rival parties and rival nations fought with one another as to which of two opposed dogmas was the truth, they had been arrayed against one another by more deep-seated and vital causes, and merely inscribed at the last the dogmas on their standards or chose them as watchwords or symbols. We are tired of those elaborate discussions of the fine, wire-drawn, subtle distinctions between sects, and those elaborate discussions of the principles involved in heresies, and we desire to see the real differences in life and conduct receive more attention.
    ... Sir William M. Ramsay (1851-1939), The Letters to the Seven Churches of Asia, London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1904, p. 347 (see the book)
    See also Rev. 2:25-26; Matt. 7:21-23; 12:50; 28:19-20; Luke 6:46; 11:28; 12:47-48; John 13:17; Rom. 2:13; 1 Thes. 5:22; Jas. 1:22; 2:15-19; 1 John 2:3
Quiet time reflection:
    Give Your people strength to persevere, Lord, in the life to which You have led us.
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