Another “Don’t throw the baby out with the wash water” a lot can be learned from those who came before us.
The chief danger that confronts the coming century will be; religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, heaven without hell. William Booth (1829-1912) the founder of the Salvation Army
He was of course referring to the last century, during which in fact, hearts grew cold, and now we are reaping the full extent of this ever growing darkness.
For those who believe that it is possible that the Salvation Army has escaped this darkness, one need only read “IN DARKEST ENGLAND and THE WAY OUT” by GENERAL BOOTH” to see how far they have strayed from their founders ideals.
However Booth saw the coming danger quite clearly. The Church, which we prefer to call the Congregation of the Lord, has lost it’s salt. True faith has withdrawn from the public sector and has retreated into home churches
“You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trodden under foot by men. Matt. 5:13
“Salt is good; but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltness be restored? 35 It is fit neither for the land nor for the dunghill; men throw it away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Luke 14:34-35
The Congregation of the Lord was once a bright shining city on a hill, but now we have turn off our light and hidden our city.
14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. 15 Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Matt. 5:14-15
Like the allied cities of World War 2 during the blackouts, we want the world not to know of our existence. We have been taught that persecution is coming from a political antichrist, and because we are not studying the Word of God we readily accept this deception. So we sit and do nothing. We no longer preach the whole Gospel. Salvation no longer requires repentance or regeneration.
For this people’s heart has grown dull, and their ears are heavy of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should perceive with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and turn for me to heal them.’ Matt. 13:15
“But take heed to yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a snare; Luke 21:34