On Friday, my next posting will be what I believe to be are wise expressions that God has used to teach truth in small bites to me over the years, most by godly men; some by others outside the faith, understanding that even a fool can recognize God’s wisdom, for He is the author of all truth.
Many of these sayings have changed my behaviors because my attitude and thoughts were changed in consideration of what these men have stated over the centuries.
Today, I’m going to share a quote from William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army.
The Salvation Army was originally created as a church to propagate the gospel, with their first priority of bringing people to Christ through salvation.
Over time their secondary drive, that of helping people in need has unfortunately became their preeminent Mission.
One of the wise expressions that I remember quite often is that, “the most productive enemy of the best, is not the worst; but the second best when it takes preeminence over what is truly the most important, God’s best.”
Salvation Army is a living example of this. But I’m glad to say that there are many born-again workers and leaders in these local para-ministries that are sold out to the ministry of Jesus Christ, and seek first to serve Him. We should always be cautious not to “throw out the baby with the bathwater.”
When asked about the dangers facing the Christian church (in the 1900’s), Booth replied,
“I consider that the chief dangers which confront the coming century will be: religion without the Holy Ghost; Christianity without Christ; forgiveness without repentance; salvation without regeneration; politics without God; and Heaven without Hell.” – William Booth (1829-1916)