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The Practical Fruit of Doctrine May 2, 2007

Posted by larrylaz in Quotes.
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Joe,

I’m headed to Lancaster for the day, but I wanted to post a quote that I read yesterday on Challies’ website. It fits in well with what I was writing the other day on the value of doctrine. The quote is from John Newton:

“Whenever and wherever the doctrines of free grace and justification by faith have prevailed in the Christian Church, and according to the degree of clearness with which they have been enforced, the practical duties of Christianity have flourished in the same proportion. Wherever they have declined, or been tempered with the reasonings and expedients of men, either from a well-meant, though mistaken fear, lest they should be abused, or from a desire to accommodate the gospel, and render it more palatable to the depraved taste of the world, the consequence has always been, an equal declension in practice. So long as the gospel of Christ is maintained without adulteration, it if found sufficient for every valuable purpose; but when the wisdom of man is permitted to add to the perfect work of God, a wide door is opened for innumerable mischiefs.”

Just another testimony that the cherishing of Christian doctrine does not quench Christian practice, but motivates it.

Larry

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