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The Faith Once Delievered (14 of 15)
Clarence E. Macartney
Some time ago one of our midwestern universities took
a poll of one hundred selected ministers on the
subject of future punishment. The result showed that
more than 50 percent did not believe in the future,
conscious, and eternal punishment of the impenitent.
Another poll taken of five hundred ministers of
different Protestant churches showed that 34 percent
did not believe in the future punishment of the
finally impenitent. If, then, one rejects this
teaching of the Scriptures, one is in a numerous
company, both within and without the church. But the
question arises, "Is he in the company of Christ?"
What subject could come closer to us than this? If we
live after death, what will that life be like? If we
are of the saved, what will heaven be like? If we are
of the lost, what will hell be like? If we are to be
punished hereafter, is that punishment eternal? What
could mean more to you and to me than that? What could
touch our life more deeply?
Cardinal Newman once preached a celebrated sermon,
"The Religion of the Day," in which he said that every
age and every day has a religion of its own. He
described as the religion of his day a one-sided
presentation of the Christian faith that dwelt only on
the pleasant and comfortable aspects of Christian
doctrine and disregarded completely the other side.
What he described there as the religion of his day may
well be called the religion of our day.
Because of the solemnity of this subject and the way
in which it touches the eternal interests of our
souls, we are glad that the chief speaker in the Bible
on this great theme is Christ. As if He foresees the
difficulties and objections which might arise, Christ
Himself speaks clearly and unmistakably on this
Christ on himself, considerate Master, took
The utterance of that doctrine's fearful sound.
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