Stainton-Moses, William - Spirit Identity – TENDENCY OF HISTORY
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Spirit Identity – William Stainton Moses
TENDENCY OF HISTORY
Never has it been otherwise. Those who by their position should be prominent in the ever pressing work of reform, in whatever department of human life, are the last to welcome what, almost of necessity, rises outside of their order, and comes to them with no sanction of orthodoxy.
It is outside of the priestly caste, beyond the pale of the prescribed succession, that the voice crying in the wilderness is first heard. And it is they only who feel the need, who have within them the desire “the prepared heart” that catch its first accents. As the new truth is popularised, when it is assimilated to the dominant tone of thought, and fitted to man’s needs, as it never is at first, then the message spreads and obloquy is succeeded by what is much harder to bear – prosperity.
It does not require much discernment to see that we are in the inception of one of these great epochs. An age is drawing to its close, and a new epoch is beginning, in which new views of truth will prevail and many an old fallacy will expire.
Peace to their ashes!
We have so many that we can well spare a few. Those who succeed us will see the phases of the conflict as we who are in the thick of it cannot. The fight will be prolonged, for all new truth is born in anguish and distress and is ushered into life amid a scene of contest and battling of opposing forces. When it is over, the world will awake to find itself the possessor of a new heritage.