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Bushnell's List

Horace Bushnell, the great Connecticut preacher, made an interesting list of those who might be excused from giving financially to God's work and to support Christian missions. Here is Bushnell's list:

"They only may claim to be excused -- Who believe that men are not lost in sin and do not need a Savior.

Who believe that Jesus made a mistake when He said to His followers: 'Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.'

Who believe the gospel is not the power of God and that faith in Christ cannot save.

Who wish that missionaries had never come to our ancestors and that we ourselves are still heathen.

Who believe that it is 'every man for himself' in this world and with Cain ask: 'Am I my brother's keeper?'

Who wish to have no share in the final victory of Christ.

Who believe they are not accountable to God for the money and talents entrusted to them.

Who are prepared to accept the final judgment of Christ: 'Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to Me.' "