16 December 2010

You Must Be Born Again

Words from Stephen Charnock, 300 years ago, that could have been written today:
If regeneration be so necessary, then how much to be lamented is the ignorance of this doctrine in the world? And strange and sad it is that it should be so little considered. The common talk is of serving God and reforming the life, but who of a thousand speaks of the necessity of a new nature? It is a sad case that, when a doctrine is so clear, men should be so stupid and deludingly damn themselves; that they should be so sottishly ignorant of this who have Bibles in their hands and houses, yet not understand this, which is the great purpose for which God even sent the Scripture among the sons of men.
--The Doctrine of Regeneration (Philadelphia: Presbyterian Board, 1840), 84-85

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