Saturday, November 26, 2011
"Think not that I am come to bring peace on earth: I come not to bring peace, but a sword." -Jesus our Messiah and God
Bishop John Charles Ryle says (10 May 1816 - 10 June 1900):
"We are not to think it strange, if the Gospel rends asunder
families, and causes estrangement between the nearest relations. It is sure
to do so in many cases, because of the deep corruption of man's heart. So
long as one man believes, and another remains unbelieving--so long as one is
resolved to keep his sins, and another desirous to give them up, the result
of the preaching of the Gospel must needs be division. For this the Gospel
is not to blame, but the heart of man........No doubt unity and peace are
mighty blessings. We ought to seek them, pray for them, and give up
everything in order to obtain them, excepting truth and a good conscience.
But it is an idle dream to suppose that the churches of Christ will enjoy
much unity and peace before the millennium comes."