Looking for the Savior

“A clear view of the state of the people of God at the present time reveals many things that are calculated to cause sadness and discouragement. Worldliness, lack of brotherly love, divisions, contentions, and strife are conspicuous features of our truly deplorable condition. And along with this there exists an astounding lack of any sense of shame because of the spectacle we present in the eyes of an observant and jeering world. Surely, if ever there was a time for humiliation on the part of God’s people, and for a turning to Him with sorrow of heart and shame of face, in the spirit of Daniel (9:3-20), that time is now.”  Philip Mauro

The above quote is from Philip Mauro’s “Looking for the Saviour,” written in 1913.  Is it fair to assume that human nature remains unchanged? Or, do we wonder what Mauro would have written of today’s church?

Although Mauro’s (one of my favorite authors) views of some doctrines (especially eschatology) changed greatly over the course of decades, his stance for the church’s need for readiness never did. He states, “We believe the Holy Ghost, in speaking of watching for the Lord’s coming, always says, ‘Today,’ never ‘Tomorrow,’ or the day after.”

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Seeking the rest that is only promised and found in Christ Jesus, along with my treasured wife of more than twenty-five years, we seek to grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, walk with the Holy Spirit as He moves our hearts, loving others always as Jesus loves us, and carry the news of His glory, the wonderful gospel, that gives light and life where there once was only darkness.
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3 Responses to Looking for the Savior

  1. freedomborn says:

    Hi Mike, please forgive my error, with just starting to Blog I have much to learn, thank you for your patience with me and I’m so pleased that we can be friends in The Lord face to face… sort of.

    Mike it seems we have a difference in our understanding of Scripture which means as God tells us, we are not to agree to disagree but to bring our differences to Him and through His empowering by The Holy Spirit, as we reason together He will show us His Truth.

    I would like to affirm Mike in the short time we have known each other and from some of your comments on posts your Blog and mine, you have touched my heart with your willingness to selflessly uplift and encourage others, to motivates them onto good works for the Lord, to seek to share the Hope we have in Him and your compassion and understanding and it is my heart’s desire to know you more and your family, and to continue in Blogging fellowship with you ..so I do hope we can reason together as Loving Children of The King of Kings… if you agree I will let you take the Lead and just share from my heart what the Lord has shown me in response.

    Christian Love Anne

  2. mtsweat says:

    Hello Anne, and thanks for reading. I’m not Carley (I’m mt), she runs the sites over at Grace Partakers and Obsecrations, but I’m glad you stopped by here. Her sites are in my blogroll, and I definitely recommend visiting her. I’ve followed some of your writing at freedomborn and have been impressed with your love for the Lord.
    Regarding Mauro… if you’re speaking of his change of mind on certain doctrines, let me clarify and say that none of these changes were in regard to the foundational doctrines of our faith. And primarily they were his stance on end-times events. As you study God’s Word and begin to read the book of Revelation, Daniel, Matthew 24, and many other passages, you will find there are many views expressed by many scholars and theologians… and they differ greatly. It’s all the pre’s and post’s and a’s and a gazillion other interpretations of what is meant by these difficult passages. In a response, and even in a post, it would be very difficult to make any sense of all of these positions on what is known as eschatology (the study of end times).
    I assure you though, when it comes to the truth of the Gospel, Mauro holds a tight and biblical line, and never wavers. It’s why he’s one of my favorite writers of old.
    In answer to the question of whether the Holy Spirit contradicts Himself… a resounding NO, Not Ever! But we are human, and we read the Word of God through broken (sin) lenses. That’s why there are an uncountable number of denominations, all proclaiming Christianity, and all claiming to have perfected the knowledge of the truth. The truth is in the Word. When there are contradictions of interpretation, it is always our fault, not the Holy Spirit’s.
    Well, hopefully, I’ve answered something, but remember I’m one of those humans who gets it wrong too. We can only read the Bible, pray for understanding, and trust the wise counsel God places in our lives. God bless friend.

  3. freedomborn says:

    Hi Carley, I see in Philip Mauro’s sharing a deep sadness for God’s Children his heart is heavy laden as he sees the deception even in the Church and yes it is the same today. Does the Holy Spirit really say one thing to one person and something different to another when they contradict does He change His mind …so do we have the mind of Christ or are we going by our own agenda.
    1 Corinthians 2

    2Corinthians 13:11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of Love and peace shall be with you.

    Christian Love Anne

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