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Quotes (659)

A W Pink

Within fifty years of the death of the last of the apostles, so far as we can now learn, the Gospel of God’s grace almost ceased to be preached. Instead of evangelizing, the preachers of the second and third centuries gave themselves to philosophizing. Metaphysics took the place of the simplicity of the Gospel. Then, in the fourth century, God mercifully raised up a man, Augustine, who faithfully and fearlessly proclaimed the Gospel. So mightily did God empower both his voice and pen that more than half of Christendom was shaken by him. Through his instrumentality came a Heaven-sent revival. His influence for good staved off the great Romish heresy for another century. Had the churches heeded his teaching, popery would never have been born. But they turned back to vain philosophy and science, falsely so-called. Then came the Dark Ages, when for centuries the Gospel ceased to be generally preached. Here and there feeble voices were raised, but most of them were soon silenced by the Italian priests. It was not until the fifteenth century that the great Reformation came. God raised up Martin Luther, who taught in no uncertain terms that sinners are justified by faith and not by works.

- A.W. Pink

1886 – 1952

3 comments on “Quotes (659)

  1. There are still those prophets today, few and far between albeit, who have not bowed the knee to the Baal of Babylon. Who will never put their hand to the plow and look back.
    Praise God.

  2. Pink’s comment on church history is well taken, in that God raises up His people in His time, to do His work. Of course Pink’s comment is very short and can’t possibly cover the complexities of what happened between the 1st and 4th C. Nor will I attempt that here. But there truly is more of the story.

    It’s not that preaching the Gospel ceased until Augustine, since the Gospel had already spread far and wide throughout the Empire very early. But attacks from within Christendom by heresies, and the confusion caused by elevating preacher’s words to near par with Scripture, shifted focus in Christianity to the importance of defending the word of God. In addition, heathen and Jewish writers and philosophers were merging and morphing Gnostic concepts with Christian, necessitating the rise of Apologists to defend the true faith and denounce such mixture. At the same time, waves of persecution from both Imperial and heathen sources brought the larger city churches into a more organized, more politically involved unifying force to be reconned with in the Empire (all well intentioned at first, for the welfare of the persecuted). So much so that by the time Constantine assumed the throne, his political savvy compelled him to declare himself a “Christian” (much as Republican politicians do today) to incur the support of what he correctly perceived to be the unstopable, ever growing “Christian” movement. And having done so, he declared “Christianity” the official religion of the empire, and supported it with Imperial funding, elevated the 5 Patriarchates to a previously unknown height of power and prestige.

    It’s the little guys that never made the headlines, the thousands who have never bowed the knee to Baal (as Berean gal correctly refered to) who kept on preaching the truth of the Gospel as God so gifted and directed them. They just didn’t make the history books, because that wasn’t the major focus of what was going on during that time. God has always kept a remnant of true and followers for Himself. It’s not great men, but a great and merciful God that we can and should thank for making His truth available to us.

  3. I agree [and love] your last paragraph DavidW!

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