One Reason of the Decay of Religion

John Swanston, 1759:

“From what has been said we may learn one reason of the decay of religion at this day. Professed ministers preach not a crucified Christ. Morality, virtue, and good works, separate from Christ, were never so much preached up in Scotland as in our day; they are the darling theme of the majority of our ministers: yet strange to think wickedness abounds amongst us perhaps as much as ever it did, since Noah’s flood. To what can this be owing? Why, just to this, that minister’s neglect to preach Christ crucified. Ignorance of, and unbelief in Him, are the greatest springs of our apostasy and degeneracy.”

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