Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Ramsay: to hesitate is to be lost

Tuesday, August 22, 2023
    Likewise you also have those who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans. Repent therefore! Otherwise, I will soon come to you and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.
    —Revelation 2:15-16 (NIV)
    Nothing could have saved the infant Church from melting away into one of those vague and ineffective schools of philosophic ethics except the stern and strict rule that is laid down here [in Rev. 2:15, 16] by St. John. An easy-going Christianity could never have survived; only the most convinced, resolute, almost bigoted adherence to the most uncompromising interpretation of its own principles could have given the Christians the courage and self-reliance that were needed. For them to hesitate or to doubt was to be lost.
    ... Sir William M. Ramsay (1851-1939), The Letters to the Seven Churches of Asia, London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1904, p. 300 (see the book)
    See also Rev. 2:15-16; Isa. 11:1-4; Acts 7:54-56; 8:1-4; 17:30-31; Rom. 8:35-37; Eph. 6:17; 2 Thes. 1:4; Rev. 2:5,21-22; 3:19; 19:15
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, may Your church hold fast to Your word.
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