Not Decadence, but Progress

From time to time some of those who it is assumed are authorized to speak for the Christian church, express a somewhat despondent view of the progress of Christianity, from which one might almost feel that the growth of the religion of Christ Jesus has come to an end, and that there is no hope or desire on the part of mankind for a betterment of what are alleged to be the existing conditions. As a sample of these expressions we quote from a well known religious periodical as follows:—

"Two thousand years ago the Prophet of Galilee announced the most daring spiritual program ever conceived. It involved utter reliance upon the certainties of spiritual law, and utter confidence in goodness, a belief in the truth as being able, willing, and sure to care for and reward them that put their destiny in its hands and doubted not. We have never dared to act upon his program. We have praised it, wondered at it, lauded its majesty and beauty, but to live it has been too much for our cowardly souls."

"We shall all be changed"
December 16, 1916

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