QUOTE (Henry Ward Beecher) – Mar. 8

March 8, 2014

English: Henry Ward Beecher.

“The way to begin a Christian life is not to study theology. Piety before theology. Right living will produce right thinking. Yet many men, when their consciences are aroused, run for catechisms, and commentaries, and systems. They do not mean to be shallow Christians. They intend to be thorough, if they enter upon the Christian life at all. Now, theologies are well in their place; but repentance and love must come before all other experiences. First a cure for your sin-sick soul, and then theologies. Suppose a man were taken with the cholera, and, instead of sending for a physician, he should send to a bookstore, and buy all the books which have been written on the human system, and, while the disease was working in his vitals, he should say, “I’ll not put myself in the hands of any of these doctors. I shall probe this thing to the bottom.” Would it not be better for him first to be cured of the cholera?”
~ Henry Ward Beecher

In honor of Henry Ward Beecher, American Congregationalist clergyman and reformer, who died on this day in 1887.

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  1. […] QUOTE (Henry Ward Beecher) – Mar. 8 […]

  2. Theology will do no good without the great Teacher who changes first the heart and mind. Theology reveals the heart of God but not to a stone-cold heart and darkened mind.

  3. Amen!!!!

  4. excellent post!!

  5. I think Beecher created a straw argument for himself. “Right living will produce right thinking” is the opposite of the Christian message. Jesus said ‘Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand’ — repent means ‘change your thinking’. Again, Jesus said ‘This is eternal life, that they know you, the one true living God and Christ Jesus whom you have sent.’ The Gospel is theology, or ‘knowing God’. Knowing God through Christ will produce changed lives, not the other way round.

  6. Reblogged this on Learning To Be Full Of Grace And Truth. and commented:

  7. I really admire this guy. I used a quote from him in my next book. It was something related to the loss of a child. He had many children, but almost half of them died young. Anyway, thanks for sharing. We often forget the cure in our search to feed our minds (and possibly our egos, not our souls.)

  8. A great big AMEN to this!

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