Charity Covers a Multitude of Sins, But……


For there is some danger of falling into a soft and effeminate Christianity, under the plea of a lofty and ethereal theology. Christianity was born for endurance…It walks with firm step and erect frame; it is kindly, but firm; it is gentle, but honest; it is calm, but not facile; obliging, but not imbecile; decided, but not churlish. It does not fear to speak the stern word of condemnation against error, nor to raise its voice against surrounding evils, under the pretext that it is not of this world.

It does not shrink from giving honest reproof lest it come under the charge of displaying an unchristian spirit. It calls sin ’sin,’ on whomsoever it is found, and would rather risk the accusation of being actuated by a bad spirit than not discharge an explicit duty. Let us not misjudge strong words used in honest controversy. Out of the heat a viper may come forth; but we shake it off and feel no harm.

The religion of both Old and New Testaments is marked by fervent outspoken testimonies against evil. To speak smooth things in such a case may be sentimentalism, but it is not Christianity. It is a betrayal of the cause of truth and righteousness. If anyone should be frank, manly, honest, cheerful (I do not say blunt or rude, for a Christian must be courteous and polite), it is he who has tasted that the Lord is gracious, and is looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God. I know that charity covereth a multitude of sins; but it does not call evil good, because a good man has done it; it does not excuse inconsistencies, because the inconsistent brother has a high name and a fervent spirit. Crookedness and worldliness are still crookedness and worldliness, though exhibited in one who seems to have reached no common height of attainment.

-Taken from God’s Way of Holiness, 1864. — HORATIUS BONAR (1808-89)

Courtesy of The Reformed Traveler

5 responses to “Charity Covers a Multitude of Sins, But……

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  2. It’s the mess that’s been goin’ on and I’m trying to figure out what exactly “future” grace is. I’m just finding ecumenical stuff and you know how I love the ecumenical movement.

    Mike Ratliff did a few posts this week on his blog. Here’s the mess:

    I’m just no getting to read some of the links commenters provided this morning. Here’s one of them.

    Also familiarizing myself with Edinbrough

    Tokyo: While local churches are invited to the evening “celebrations” during the day “it will be a very serious ‘consultation’ of mission executives and mission leaders – because, as in 1910, all participants will be delegates chosen and sent by mission agencies, no one will be invited as an individual.”[13] Tokyo may be more charismatic in nature than the others as is evident by some of its plenary speakers including David Cho, pastor of the world’s largest church (fully entrenched in Word of Faith theology),[14]Yoido Full Gospel Church in South Korea, and Minoru Okuyama pastor and organizer of Nippon Revival Association, a fellowship for charismatic and Pentecostal Japanese church leaders.

    Edinburgh: This conference is apparently the brainchild of the World Council of Churches on World Mission and Evangelism and is described on its website as a “common experience of wider ecumenism.” Further the WCC states, “The WCC will play a leading role in the organization of a celebrative and widely owned mission conference in June 2010 in Edinburgh, in coordination with partners in the ecumenical movement, within and outside the WCC’s fellowship.”[15] There will be significant presence of Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches at Edinburgh.

    Cape Town: The Cape Town Conference will be in conjunction with The Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization and is considered the most conservative of the main conferences. It features six keynote speakers (each apparently preaching a message from the book of Ephesians) from six world regions, with John Piper representing North America. Boston University doctoral student and General Secretary of the Latin American Theological Fellowship Ruth Padilla DeBorst is one of two women expositors,[16] 4000 leaders from 200 countries have been invited and special criteria have been established to “include men and women from a broad spectrum of nationalities, ethnicities, ages, occupations and denominational affiliations.”[17]

    Boston: Boston Theological Institute will develop the theme “The Changing Contours of World Mission and Christianity” and has for its goal to “discern a vision for what might constitute mission in the twenty-first century.”[18] Boston Theological Institute is an association of nine theological schools and seminaries in the Boston area including three Roman Catholic schools and one Orthodox and strong connections with the World Council of Churches. As at Cape Town, Ruth Padilla DeBorst will be a keynote speaker as will two Roman Catholic leaders: Yale Divinity School professor Lamin Sannah, President of the Catholic Theological Society of America Peter Phan, and emergent front man Brian McLaren.

    United Methodist: The United Methodist denomination is also planning a major conference to coincide with Edinburgh 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee from October 15-17. This conference is entitled, “Rethink Mission: Reflection and Action from Edinburgh 1910-2010: Mission Engagement Past, Present, and Future.”[19] Keynote speaker is Dana Robert and “the program design will include scope for interdenominational and ecumenical discussions drawing on the rich resources of the Edinburgh 2010 missionary conference. Participants of the official Edinburgh 2010 conference will lead off the sessions and selected study themes will be highlighted during three days together.”[20]


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