23 August 2006

A Great Spiritual Calamity in the Church History of Canada

In an address given to the alumni of Westminster Theological Seminary, John Murray noted the theological compromise that had plagued Trans-Atlantic Christianity in the early 20th century. Among his examples was a Canadian one:

In that same year, 1925, a great spiritual calamity occurred in the church history of Canada. It was in that year that the union of the Methodist, Congregational and Presbyterian churches was consummated. By this union a large proportion of the Presbyterian Church in Canada abandoned the historic Presbyterian witness and entered into a communion that had as its basis a confession acceptable to the overwhelming majority of Methodists and Congregationalists in that Dominion.

~The Banner of Westminster Seminary in The Claims of Truth, Collected Writings of John Murray Vol. 1 (Banner of Truth), p.100.

The warning for our own day is that such calamities can happen, though they are not percieved as such when they occur.

Let us not be complacent, but hold to the ethos of the Psalmist:
"Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth" (Psalm 60:4)

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