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“God intends us to penetrate the world. Christian salt has no business to remain snugly in elegant little ecclesiastical salt cellars; our place is to be rubbed into the secular community, as salt is rubbed into meat, to stop it going bad. And when society does go bad, we Christian tend to throw up our hands in pious horror and reproach the non-Christian world; but should we not reproach ourselves? One can hardly blame unsalted meat from going bad. It cannot do anything else. The real question to ask is: where is the salt?”

– John Stott, The Message of the Sermon On The Mount, p.65

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2 Comments

  1. WOW! I really like this one! As I say “ouch”!

  2. Wow indeed. Salt cellars….does that mean we should speak up and rub salt into the wounds of society? Indeed yes!

    Followers of Jesus have the answers, if they only get the salt out of the cellar and season with it and stop hiding the light. And then….live like they are Christians.

    So how do we reach a society going bad? I’ve seen many stand up for Christ in the public square only to be hooted down by their fellow Christians….after all the church organization might be sued or loose its tax exemption if they speak out. Money has forced the salt into the cellar.

    When the church decides to follow the teachings of Christ over all other issues, even being willing to die like our 1st century brothers and sisters in defense of the faith, then the bride will stand strong again and change society.


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