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OneTime
Sep 24th 2008, 01:19 AM
Hey all, I'm looking through all my Lewis books and the web, but I cannot find a certain line that I would like to quote.

The gist of it is that church should be like a military outpost and the sermon a communication from our commander in chief.

I really thought it was "Mere Christianity" but I can't seem to locate it.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

TruthFaith
Sep 24th 2008, 07:11 PM
no sorry, maybe Inner Ring :confused

Scruffy Kid
Sep 24th 2008, 07:47 PM
Hey all, I'm looking through all my Lewis books and the web, but I cannot find a certain line that I would like to quote.

The gist of it is that church should be like a military outpost and the sermon a communication from our commander in chief. It's a wonderful passage -- one which must have been even more moving when first delivered as a BBC radio talk, during WWII, when people had recently been in such "underground resistance" groups in Nazi occupied countries in Europe!

Mere Christianity, Book 2 (What Christians Believe), Chapter 2 (The Invasion:
at the end of the chapter, the last two paragraphs (pp. 45-46 in the 2001 HarperCollins Edition):
... One of the things that surprised me when I first read the New Testament seriously was that it talked so much about a Dark Power in the universe -- a mighty evil spirit who was held to be the Power behind death and disease and sin. ... Christianity agrees ... that this universe is at war. ... It thinks that it is a civil war, a rebellion, and that we are living in the part of the universe occupied by the rebel.

Enemy-occupied territory -- that is what this world is. Christianity is the story of how the rightful king has landed, you might say landed in disguise, and is calling us all to take part in a great campaign of sabotage. When you go to church you are really listening-in to the secret wireless from our friends: that is why the enemy is so anxious to prevent us from going. ...
Blessings on you!
Scruff