Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Spiritual Quackery



“The real impulses which propel ministers to the new measures, while sometimes ignorantly pious, are more frequently improper, a prurient impatience to hurry and huddle the work which God reserves as his own, — sinners' conversion, — with a secret mistrust of the power of the simple truth, with prayer and faith; a love of notoriety, and of the reputation of effectiveness; a desire to count large numbers of converts, and especially an indolence which is impatient of God's method, the detailed, unobtrusive, sustained work of pastoral and catechetical instruction.  It is, in a word, a system of spiritual quackery; It relies not on spiritual powers, but on theatrical sympathies and manipulations.” 

R.L. Dabney, An Exposition of 1 Corinthians 3:10-15, Discussions Volume 1

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