What is Religious Pluralism and Why is it False?
Hugh Binning, Works, p. 191:
“O taste and see how good the Lord is,” Ps. 34:8. Some things indeed cannot be known but by some sense. You cannot make a blind man apprehend what light is, till he see it. A deaf man cannot form a notion of sounds in his mind, except he once heard them; neither can a man understand the sweetness of honey, but by tasting it. Truly spiritual things are of that nature: there is some hidden virtue and excellency in them, which is not obvious to every man that hath the bare knowledge of the letter; there is a spirit and life in them, that cannot be transmitted into your ears with the sound of words, or infused into ink and paper. It is only the inspiration of the Almighty can inspire this sensible perception, and real taste of spiritual things. Some powders do not smell till they are beaten; truly till these truths be well powdered and beaten small by meditation, they cannot smell so fragrantly to the spirit. As meats do not nourish till they be chewed and digested, so spiritual things do not relish to a soul, nor can they truly feed the soul, till they be chewed and digested into the heart by serious and earnest consideration.
Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/showthread.php/89255-The-real-taste-of-spiritual-things, Comment 1
Hugh Binning, Works, pp. 32-33:
It is better to be truth’s captive than to captivate truth; saith the apostle, “Ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine whereto ye were delivered,” Rom. 6:17. O, a blessed captivity! to be delivered over to truth; that is indeed freedom, for truth makes free, John 8:32. And it makes free where it is in freedom. Give it freedom to command thee, and it shall indeed deliver thee from all strange lords; and thou shalt obey it from the heart when it is indeed in the heart.
“I dread much the spirit which would tamper with Truth for the sake of united action, or for any other object under heaven the latitudinarian spirit which sneers at creeds and dogmas. TRUTH IS NO TRIFLE! Not so thought our fathers, when at the stake they gave themselves to death, or on the brown heather of Scotland fell beneath the swords of Claverhouse’s Dragoons for truth which men nowadays count unimportant, but which being truths were to them so vital that they would sooner DIE than suffer them to be dishonoured.
O for the same uncompromising love of truth! ….. I pray God evermore to preserve us from unity in which the truth shall be considered valueless, in which principle gives place to policy, in which the noble and masculine virtues which adorn the Christian hero are to be supplemented by an effeminate affection of charity. May the Lord deliver us from indifference to His word and will … may God perpetually send some prophet who shall cry aloud to the world, ‘Your covenant with death shall be disannulled, your agreement with Hell shall not stand’. May there ever be found some men though they be rough as Amos, or stern as Haggai, who shall denounce again and again all league with error and all compromise with sin, and declare that these are the abhorrence of God … The destruction of every sort of union which is not based on TRUTH, is a preliminary to the edification of the unity of the Spirit.”
Source: Billy Graham: The Facts by Dr. Bert Oately-Willis, available online at http://media.sermonaudio.com/articles/fa-7708202438-11.pdf, Distributed by Faith Free Presbyterian Church at http://www.sermonaudio.com/source_articles.asp?sourceid=faith
A. A. Hodge, “The Higher Life”:
A mystical tendency may well coexist with true Christianity, and with many estimable personal qualities; yet it always tends to evil. Hence its first symptom among Evangelical Christians, which is a religious sentimentalism, associated with an inveterate vagueness of ideas and indefiniteness of statement, is to be carefully shunned. No one truth is rightly held till it is clearly conceived and stated, and no single truth is adequately comprehended till it is viewed in harmonious relations to all the other truths of the system of which Christ is the centre. The very essence of truth, like light, is clearness, not vagueness; and it necessarily seeks expression through definite articulations, and not through the medium of shadowy mezzo-tints, or oscillating lines, like the sheen of watered silk.
Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/showthread.php/87672-The-very-essence-of-truth-is-clearness-not-vagueness, Comment #1
“For when the head is filled with topics, and none of the flamings of Christ’s love in the heart, how dry are all disputes? For too often dispute in the head weakens love in the heart. And what can our paper-industry add to the spotless truth of our Lord Jesus? O that opinions were down, and the Gospel up; and sides and parties might fall, and Christ stand; and that all names, sects and ways were low, and the Lord alone exalted!”
~Survey of the Survey of that Sum of Church Discipline, Epistle to the Reader
HT: http://www.puritanboard.com/f25/vain-disputings-86585/, Comment #1