Uneasiness Is Strongest Amongst The Unconverted

REV. EDWARD HOARE, M.A.:

Basilique Saint-Pierre Vatican domeThere are thousands who feel the power of the Gospel, but who never know its grace.  It throws its light beyond the range of its salvation, and just in proportion as that light breaks in upon a natural heart does it quicken conscience, and revive the uneasiness of sin.  When the revealed word is never presented, the law of nature becomes gradually obscured, and the voice of conscience gradually silenced, so that the uneasiness begins to die away, and a fatal apathy by little and little creeps insensibly over the soul.  But when the revealed word reaches the mind, even though the heart be never new-born by the Spirit, conscience regains much of its power, the waters of the heart are stirred up and troubled, and the sense of uneasiness rises afresh with renewed vigour in the soul.  Hence it follows that the sense of uneasiness is always strongest amongst the unconverted members of the visible Church.  By their outward profession they are brought into the closest contact with the Gospel, and therefore, if not saved by it, they above all others are rendered most uneasy by its holiness.  Whatever effects therefore are likely to result from this uneasiness, those we should expect to find in greatest strength within the limits of the visible Church.  Accordingly, within those very limits, we find that which I believe to be its great and chief result, viz., Popery.

Source:  POPERY THE ACCOMMODATION OF CHRISTIANITY TO THE NATURAL HEART at https://www.gutenberg.org/files/42280/42280-h/42280-h.htm, p. 5

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