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Interesting (Old) Quote About the Church…

Posted by on Dec 17, 2006 in books, gathering | 2 comments

Here is an interesting and very old quote about the church. All I know about this quote is that it was supposedly written or spoken by William Law (1686-1761). Please let me know if you know something more about this.

It is very observable that there is not one command in all the Gospel for public worship; and perhaps it is a duty that is least insisted upon in Scripture of any other. The frequent attendance as it is never so much as mentioned in all the New Testament, whereas that religion or devotion which is to govern the ordinary actions of our life is to be found in almost every verse of Scripture. Our blessed Savior and His Apostles are wholly taken up in doctrines that relate to common life.

Update: Apparently this quote is from chapter 1 of A Serious Call To A Devout And Holy Life written by William Law in 1728. I am not familiar with this book, but I may try to read some of it, since it is online.


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  1. 12-17-2006

    I have a copy if you want to borrow it. No, I don’t loan books to students because they are thieves. But I might make an exception given your exemplary record :-). The book had a big impact on both John Wesley and George Whitefield, both of whom challenged the institutionalism of their day, like some young fellows are doing today…blessings.

  2. 12-17-2006

    Dr. Reid,

    Thank you for visiting my blog. And, thank you for offering to break your own rule and loan me the book. I think I will be able to read it online when I have time. For some reason, our professors enjoy giving us a large amount reading.

    I have already read that William Law’s writings were not always popular. But, then, anything that challenges the status quo – whether it is correct or not – will not be popular.

    Thank you again for stopping by. I’d love to hear your thoughts on any of my posts.