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Leaving a Spiritual Deficit

by on March 4, 2012

A timely word from Fred Sanders:

We need to get more saturated in the Bible, and we need to do it now. Philip Jacob Spener wrote in his book Pia Desideria in 1678, “thought should be given to a more extensive use of the Word of God among us.” Horatius Bonar wrote in his book Words to the Winners of Souls in 1859, “We must study the Bible more. We must steep our souls in it. We must not only lay it up within us, but transfuse it through the whole texture of the soul.” Christians always need the Word of God. But there are times and places, particular cultural moments, when the need becomes acute. Spener and Bonar both spoke in such moments, and we are in another one now.

The great danger of the church in this generation is that we will run a spiritual deficit, spending down the resources that previous generations have left for us, without replenishing them or leaving any for the rising generation.

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