Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A Century Ago...

...from the minutes of the 1908 Annual Meeting of the Michigan Conference of The Wesleyan Methodist Church (p.25):

“Whereas:  There seems immediately upon us as churches, in common with the universal decline in spiritual life apparent on hand, a dearth of interest, a lack of divine energy, inspiration, and burning desire for the salvation of sinners, and,

“Whereas:  The enemy of all righteousness rejoices, while God is displeased with indifference, the period in which this shall prevail according to the teaching of revelation being upon the religious world,

“Resolved:  That we as a Conference prayerfully consider some new order, or arrangement by which the Church of the Living God, and the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ shall be strengthened and the borders thereof enlarged, our weak churches and despairing brethren reached and encouraged, the principles of eternal truth, so dear to God’s people established and through evangelistic spirit and effort, by the help of the Holy Spirit, be once more restored among us.”