Tuesday, January 06, 2009

25Jan1864, Stanley's Farewell Sermon

LONDON, Monday, January 25th, 1864.
— I read Stanley's farewell sermon at Oxford (Ch. Ch.). It grieved and shocked me, in spite of great eloquence, earnestness, and feeling ; for I cannot help seeing that the aims and the standard he puts forward are not distinctively Christian, but more like those of some refined philosophy ; and one asks oneself, where are the old paths ? the Bible rules, the humble obedience, above all, the following of the simple but Perfect Pattern ? These "dangerous days" are full of teaching that wanders from all these, and bewilders one with false liberality and confused belief. God keep us to the strait and narrow Way !

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