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[The Methodist Times]

The combination of courage and vision is needful to a great faith. And so far the churches are trammeled by their past and "cumbered about much serving." They lack the unselfishness and venture that are essential to a great Christianity. There is much talk, but it leads to little action. Still less does it lead to action on a scale that will bear comparison with the needs of the situation, or even with the action that statesmen are prepared to take in the secular affairs of the coming age. Let it be clearly recognized by all that a church life based upon the traditions of the past and fettered by the narrow limitations of the present is for the future impossible. The churches of all denominations and in all lands must rise to a larger conception of its life and task, or slowly waste away, while the tides of the Spirit bring their inspiration elsewhere.

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