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April 22, 2012

“…a religion which becomes a ‘perhaps’ will not stand in the day of battle”

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“…a  religion which becomes a ‘perhaps’ will not stand in the day of battle”
by Dick Hunt

I am reading a book which compiles a sampling of the writings of  John Buchan, who was Governor General of Canada from 1935 until his accidental death in 1940.  He was knighted and was known as Lord Tweedsmuir.

The above quote was with regard to some of the great figures of the Christian Church and in this matter referred to John Calvin,  the great reformer of the 17th century.  It also compares him with other great men such as John Bunyan who said the mountain gate “has room for body and soul but not for body, soul and sin”.  Only by ignoring the only fully trustworthy guide for Christians can it be said that we may cut and choose and alter the words of the Bible to suit our opinions, wishes and desires. And there are many in our generation who have itching ears and only listen to what feeds their unholy desires.

John Buchan was a great scholar and a prolific writer.  His books of which I have a considerable selection are among my most  precious in my library. He wrote many novels and every one I have read is a prime example of  lively moral intrepitude and mind stretching intrigue.  He was the eldest son of a Presbyterian Minister in Scotland, of the same name, John Buchan.

There is no room in the Christian faith for “perhaps”.  The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments have gone through the whole history of the living Church, not only under the brave surveillance of the great leaders and scholars in every age since the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ but in the agonies of Nero tossing Christians to the lions in the Coliseum in Rome to the battles with Islam from the outset of that religion until the present, and everthing in between.  No book in history has been more deeply sifted, tried and tested than the Bible. Huge numbers have suffered martyr’s deaths rather than deny the Faith as delivered in the pages of the Bible under the direction of the Holy Spirit.

Again, from Buchan’s essays on the life of Sir Walter Scott, the following, ‘He was not disposed to set much value on new theories of society and morals, for he put all theory in the second class of  importance. If he was told that such and such a thing was in accordance with the spirit of the age, he replied that the spirit of the age might be  a lying spirit with no claim to infallibility’.  Would that we had leaders in our present day who had the acute wisdom to make the same response.
It is no wonder that so many people believe they are wiser than their maker, since they are devoid of what God has said to his human creatures, for one example among many:  ‘If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their  wicked ways then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.’  Note that sin’ is in the singular and refers to the sin of rebellion against God.
Anyone who has all the answers does  not have the answer that counts. That answer is ‘yes’ to God, who alone can heal the broken world and bring us to himself in righteousness and true holiness of life.

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