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“The Church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ, her Lord.”

The Church’s one foundation
Is Jesus Christ her Lord;
She is His new creation,
By Spirit and the Word.
From heaven He came and sought her
To be His holy bride;
With His own blood He bought her
And for her life He died.

’Mid toil and tribulation,
And tumult of her war,
She waits the consummation
Of peace forevermore;
Till with the vision glorious
Her longing eyes are blest,
And the great Church victorious
Shall be the Church at rest.

Magnificent! Ah, that’s God! Now our final triumph, the last stanza.

Yet she on earth hath union
With God, the Three in One,
And mystic sweet communion
With those whose rest is won.
O happy ones and holy!
Lord, give us grace that we
Like them, the meek and lowly,
On high may dwell with Thee.

[“The Church’s One Foundation,” Samuel J. Stone, 1868]

That blesses your soul! We live in a dark time. Seemingly, there just never will be a dawn. We fall out of one turbulent, tumultuous, violent trial into another. But God has a purpose. God has got a reason. The Lord has a plan and a program. And someday even these vile, villainous, violent children of old man Adam, God is going to remake them, regenerate them [1 Corinthians 15:53-55]. And we are going to be citizens of a kingdom of life, and glory, and peace, and wonder, celestial, heavenly, reigning with our Lord out of the nature that God has to work with in us, this old body recreated, and this dark heart regenerated. That’s God’s purpose for us [1 John 3:2; Revelation 22:3-5].

Leon Trotsky

Leon Trotsky wrote a book entitled, Literature and Revolution. And in that book he is describing what’s going to come to pass when the communist revolution is established in the world.

"All the emotions which we revolutionists at the present time feel apprehensive of naming, so much have they been worn thin by hypocrites, such as this interested friendship, love for one’s neighbors, sympathy will be the mighty ringing words of socialist poetry. All will be equally interested in the success of the whole. There will be no running after profits. There will be nothing mean, no betrayals, no bribery, none of the things which form the soul of competition in a society divided by classes."

That is Leon Trotsky’s goal of eloquent, poetic, emotion-filled description of the golden Utopia, going to be ushered in by the socialist communist revolutionaries. This made an impression on me because, 1. I read of how Leon Trotsky was murdered. Down there in Old Mexico, while he was in his bedroom, somebody came in after they’d hounded him and hunted him all over the earth; they put an axe that split his brains. And then, 2, I can not help but think of what I have seen in my several visits inside Socialist and Communist countries. The gloom and despair and the sadness written on the face of the people, and the face of the cities, and the face of the whole communist world! For there’s one thing that Leon Trotsky overlooked, and that one thing is; he forgot what God said about human nature. It is unregenerate, it is depraved, and it must be born again. John 3:7, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.”

Søren Kierkegaard

“The Bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand, we are obliged to act accordingly.”