Current Religious Perils
From a letter written by the Rev. E. K. Alden, D.D., Home Secretary of the American Board of Foreign Missions.
Boston, March 21, 1887 (but sounds like 2012)
"There is sometimes a drift toward error which is gradual and almost imperceptible, and yet may be so steady and strong that the trend of a man's influence is toward error, although he is continuously advocating the truth. There are times when what a man omits to say is more effective in the wrong direction than are an his words in the right direction. If a person is known to hold a serious error, even though he may seldom or never directly advocate it, that fact that he is known to hold the error will possibly neutralize all his fervid utterances of the truth. This is particularly the case when the error is a popular current error, which needs to be steadily resisted....
"...at the present time some of the most precious gospel truths are preached in the interest of some of the most pernicious errors. In other words, the unseasonable or disproportionate presentation of certain truths makes for error.
"...the popular trend ... is toward the unscriptural and dangerous dogma that all men will be finally saved...."
"I am the Lord, and there is no other; I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity;
I, the Lord, do all these things." Isaiah 45:6-7
"You are my God. My times are in Your hand." Psalm 31:14
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