Brethren: I shall take it for granted that there is a visible Church- that it was founded by Our Lord Jesus Christ, and has His promise that the gates of hell shall never prevail against it. We believe that ours is a pure branch of the apostolicMoreBrethren: I shall take it for granted that there is a visible Church- that it was founded by Our Lord Jesus Christ, and has His promise that the gates of hell shall never prevail against it.
We believe that ours is a pure branch of the apostolic Church- that it has a threefold ministry- that its two sacraments--Baptism and the Supper of the Lord--are of perpetual obligation, and are divine channels of grace- that the faith once delivered to the saints is contained in the Catholic creeds, and has the warrant of Holy Scripture which was written by inspiration of God.
On this centennial day I shall speak of the history and mission of this branch of the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ.It was a singular providence that this continent, laden with the bounty of God, was unoccupied by civilization for thousands of years. America was discovered by a devout son of the Latin Church, whose name-- Christopher, Christ-bearer, and Columbus, the dove--ought to have been the prophecy that he would bear the Gospel to the New World.
It was at a time when Savonarola, with the zeal of a prophet of God and the eloquence of a Chrysostom, was laboring to awaken the Church to a new life. No nation ever had a nobler mission than Spain. That mission was forfeited by unholy greed and untold cruelty. It was lost forever. Other nations claimed the continent for their own. In the providence of God- this last of the nations was founded by the English-speaking race.
I reverently believe that it was because they recognize as no other people the two truths which underlie the possibility of constitutional government, i.e., the inalienable rights of the individual citizen, and loyalty to government as a delegated trust from God, who alone has the right to govern. These lessons are intertwined with two thousand years of history.
They reach back to the days when the savage Briton came in contact with Roman civilization and Roman law, and have been deepened by centuries of Christian influences which have changed our savage fathers into truth-speaking, liberty-loving Christian men.Download Five Sermons Now!