CT Studd on Holiness

September 17, 2012

CT Studd on Holiness

 

Often times, the dead guys say it best. C. T. Studd was an English missionary around the turn of the 20th century. My best bud Joshua Toepper at TrinitarianMission.com shared it with me in a phone conversation last night.
Too long have we been waiting for one another to begin! The time of waiting is past! The hour of God has struck! War is declared! In God's Holy Name let us arise and build! 'The God of Heaven, He will fight for us', as we for Him. We will not build on the sand, but on the bedrock of the sayings of Christ, and the gates and minions of hell shall not prevail against us. Should such men as we fear? Before the world, aye, before the sleepy, lukewarm, faithless, namby-pamby Christian world, we will dare to trust our God, we will venture our all for Him, we will live and we will die for Him, and we will do it with His joy unspeakable singing aloud in our hearts. We will a thousand times sooner die trusting only our God, than live trusting in man. And when we come to this position the battle is already won, and the end of the glorious campaign in sight. We will have the real Holiness of God, not the sickly stuff of talk and dainty words and pretty thoughts; we will have a Masculine Holiness, one of daring faith and works for Jesus Christ.
The dead guys say it best. Especially in current conversations regarding a false sense of masculinity being worked out through power, opression and sexism...Studd reminds us that any sense of a mature Christianity, filled with authority, derives itself from the change wrought in the heart filled with Holy Love and a desire to see Christ's name lifted up.
Men and Women can get behind that.