Christ, our Light
Sunday, January 4, 2015

For what great difference is there, whether men renounce Christianity; or, professing to believe it, do in their works deny it? ... We ought to reflect with shame upon the purer ages of the church, and sadly to consider, how few among us would in those days have been accounted Christians; and upon this consideration to be provoked to an emulation of those better times, and to a reformation of those faults and miscarriages, which, in the best days of Christianity, were reckoned inconsistent with the Christian profession; and to remember, that though the discipline of the church be not now the same it was then, yet the judgment and severity of God is; and that those who live in any vicious course of life, though they continue in the communion of the church, yet they shall be shut out of the kingdom of God.
... John Tillotson (1630-1694), Works of Dr. John Tillotson, v. VI, London: J. F. Dove, for R. Priestley, 1820, Sermon CXX, p. 88,90 (see the book; see also Luke 6:46; Matt. 21:28-32; 23:31-32; Mark 7:6-8; Gal. 6:7; Heb. 6:4-6; 10:29; more at Belief, Church, Communion, Discipline, God, Historical, Judgment, Kingdom, Shame)

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