Antiquarian Anabaptist

Apologetics from an Anabaptist perspective

Beware of empty religion

A universalist preacher, a gifted speaker, was holding meetings in a certain town and many came to hear him.   At the close of the last meeting he asked if they wished him to come back every week to hold services.  No one responded.  Finally he asked if anyone objected to him coming back.  Again there was silence.

Finally an aged Quaker arose and said, “Friend, I have been listening to thee and thought I would say nothing, but thou hast insisted that someone speak.  We  don’t want thee, because if thy theory is correct, we have no need of preaching, for everyone will be saved.  And if thy theory is not correct, we don’t want thee, because it is then a lie and we don’t want thee to preach lies to us.”

The children of God would avoid many snares by taking the same stand.  Late in the 19th century someone made the following prediction:  “I am of the opinion that what confronts the coming century will be religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, and heaven without hell.”

-adapted from an article in Writings and Experiences of Our Fathers, author unknown.

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