It Is Right to Fight When You Fight for Right (2 of 9) by James Merritt

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It Is Right to Fight When You Fight for Right (2 of 9)
Series: Jude - Keeping Up Your Guard
James Merritt
Jude 3-4


Introduction

1. What do Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Dartmouth, William and Mary, Brown, and Princeton have in common? They were all founded by Christians for the primary purpose of propagating Christianity and training gospel ministers.

2. Of the first one hundred colleges and universities built in the united states, eighty-eight were founded for the purpose of furthering the gospel of Jesus Christ.

3. On the cornerstone of Harvard university (which incidentally was named after the reverend john Harvard) etched in bronze you will read these words:

After God had carried us safe to new England and wee had builded our houses, provided necessaries for our livelihood, reared convenient places for God's worship, and settled the civil government, one of the next things wee longed for and looked after, was to advance learning and perpetuate to posterity, dreading to leave an illiterate ministry to the churches when our present ministers shall lie in the dust.

4. Think about that. The very first institution of higher learning established in America, was established to train ministers of the gospel to fight the good fight of faith and defend the word of God.

5. Harvard's 1643 handbook for ''rules and precepts,'' laid down three rules that every student was expected to follow:

1. Let every student be plainly instructed and earnestly pressed to consider well the main end of his life and studies is to know God and Jesus Christ, which is eternal life.

2. Our goal is seeking the Lord, for the Lord giveth wisdom. Everyone shall seriously, by prayer in secret, seek wisdom of him.

3. Everyone shall so exercise himself in reading the scriptures twice a day, that they may be ready to give an account of their proficiency therein, both in theoretical observation of language and logic, and in practical and spiritual truths.

6. Princeton ...


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