The Greatest Wound

The greatest wound true Christianity ever received was struck in the fourth century by Constantine the Great, when he called himself a Christian, and poured a flood of riches, honours, and power upon the Christians; more especially upon the Clergy….Thus, when the fear of persecution was removed, and wealth and honour attended the Christian profession, the Christians did not gradually sink, but rushed headlong into all manner of vices….Then, not the golden but the iron age of the Church commenced.
John Wesley
adapted from “The Mystery of Iniquity”

6 comments on “The Greatest Wound

  1. El Guapo says:

    Looking at Christianity now, do you think that still holds true, or has the spirituality of it become bigger?


    • Bill says:

      The joinder of church and state (typically in less overt ways these days) remains a very dangerous thing to both, in my opinion. But it may well be that the days are gone (or will be soon be gone) when professing Christianity (or any religion, for that matter) will help secure places of status and privilege. It will be very interesting to see what happens to the faith in that era, which some call “Post-Christendom.” I choose to be optimistic.


  2. Bob Braxton says:

    Kierkegaard “Fear and Trembling”


  3. Sophie says:

    Another reason to like Wesley.


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