Signs of the Times

Rev. Edward Winckley in an address in the Parish Magazine of St. Matthew's Edgeley, Stockport, Cheshire, England

I am deeply impressed by the fact that, whereas the "good news" of the kingdom of God, as preached by Jesus Christ, was largely a gospel of health, popular Christianity has become for many centuries either a method of bearing suffering and disease with resignation, as being something sent by God for our good, or else a method of distracting men's attention from the sorrows and injustices of this world by fixing it upon a life to come, which makes this world comparatively of no account. It is a gospel of the value of disease, of injustice, of disappointment, as the necessary education for the spiritual life.

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