Universalist Quote of the Day #170

“. . . Such then is the nature of punishment, conjoined inseparably with the transgression.  How much better would it be for society, how much greater and more healthful would be the influence of Christianity, if this view of rewards and punishments could be generally exhibited in the pulpit, instead of putting off the consequences of our conduct to the dim and far-off future, and then clothe them with such improbabilities as to make the denunciations of Christianity against sin inefficient and inoperative with most minds.  The great and sole aim of the Christian pulpit should be to produce in men an abhorrence of vice and a love of virtue; and this it can never accomplish until it dwells with more energy upon the immediate consequences of our conduct.”

–Rev. S.P. Skinner


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