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Labour's Debt to the Gospel.

Mr Gladstone has written an article on the labour question expressly for " Lloyd's News." Many important points relating to the well-being of ■'society are touched on m the article, which extends to about two and a half ■oolumns m length. After referring to the progress of the labouring classes Mr Gladstone says:—" For the whole of this enormous advance the basis was laid, once for all, by the Gospel. This was m its original form and m its continuing purpose the charter of human freedom, and the tAvo modes by which it mrtst conspicuously asserted itself m the arduous process of social regeneration were —first the gradual elevation of women, and next the mitigation and eventual'abolition of slavery/ To' feJioae who complain that the renovating process has been uniformly retarded, often chequered with painful contrasts, and sometimes even reversed, I would reply by praying them to remember two things, both/of them vital to a just appreciation of the case. The first is that now, as m the days of the old philosophy, ' the corruption of the best thing is, the very worst thing ;' and the deepest among all the dyes of human guilt are accordingly; those to be found within the Christian pale. The second is of wider application. Though the Gospel at its „ threshold teaches humility and self-renunciation, yet, under an infallible law, Christianity, by bringing the mind and life out of anarchy into order, begets power ; power begets enjoyment ; enjoyment begets temptation m its thousand forms ; by temptation yielded to, the spirit is again enslaved ; the seven devils find entrance, and the las^ s*fca,fee, of man is worse than the firs^"

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Labour's Debt to the Gospel., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2502, 27 August 1890

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Labour's Debt to the Gospel. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2502, 27 August 1890

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