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THE ESSENCE OF IDOLATRY

Among the sins to which the human heart is prone, hardly any other is more hateful to God than idolatry, for idolatry is at bottom a libel on His character. The idolatrous heart assumes God is other than He is—in itself a monstrous sin—and substitutes for the true God one made after its own likeness. Always this god will conform to the image of the one who created it and will be base or pure, cruel or kind, according to the moral state of the mind from which it emerges.

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A RIGHT BELIEF ABOUT GOD

It is my opinion that the Christian conception of God current in these middle years of the 20th century is so decadent as to be utterly beneath the dignity of the Most High God and actually to constitute for professed believers something amounting to a moral calamity.

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THE MIGHTIEST THOUGHT THE MIND CAN ENTERTAIN

Were we able to extract from any man a complete answer to the question, "What comes into your mind when you think about God?" we might predict with certainty the spiritual future of that man. Were we able to know exactly what our most influential leaders think of God today, we might be able with some precision to foretell where the Church will stand tomorrow.

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OUR IDEA OF GOD

O Lord God Almighty, not the God of the philosophers and the wise but the God of the prophets and apostles; and better than all, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, may I express Thee unblamed?

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GIFTED LEADERS

The ideal leader is one who hears the voice of God and beckons the people on as the voice calls him and them. But unfortunately not all leaders are ideal ones. Too many lead by following. One of the most comical sights in the whole world of religious activities is to see an uncertain leader trying to discover the direction the people want him to lead them and then scrambling ahead of them trying to look like Moses on his way out of Egypt. Such a leader will send up a trial balloon and then boldly set out in the direction of the wind, doing his best to create the impression that the wind consulted him before it started to blow.

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RELUCTANT LEADERS

The true and safe leader is likely to be the one who has no desire to lead but is forced into a position of leadership by the inward pressure of the Spirit and the press of the external situation. Such were Moses, David and the Old Testament prophets; and I think there was hardly a great Christian leader from Paul to this present day but was drafted by the Holy Spirit for the task and commissioned by the Lord of the Church to fill a position he had little natural heart for.

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SHEPHERDS ARE ALSO SHEEP

The ideal would be that the sheep follow none but the Chief Shepherd and ignore all other leaders; and occasionally indeed an individualist is found who insists that he follows only the Lord and stubbornly refuses to listen to human teachers or to take part in the activities of the Christian community. While we respect the right of such a man to his own convictions, it must be said nevertheless that he is bound to be and to remain weak and fruitless. By detaching himself from the flock of the Lord he misses the green pastures and the still waters.

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SHEEP WHO SHEPHERD

When our Lord called all of us sheep He told us that we should be followers, and when Peter called some of us shepherds he indicated that there should be among us leaders as well as followers.

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CHARACTER EXCELLENCE RATHER THAN THINGS

Human excellence consists in the perfection of human nature. Things cannot enter men to make them better or more worthy. "A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven." Only the God who made man's nature in the first place can remake it after the divine image.

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