The Chief End of Our Faith

Vance Havner 90x115by Vance Havner

John Henry Newman wrote,

“Those who make comfort the great subject of their preaching seem to mistake the end of their ministry. Holiness is the great end. Comfort is a cordial but no one drinks cordials from morning to night.”

Happiness is not the chief end of our faith. God would make us holy and then we shall be happy with His joy. There is all the difference in the world between the happiness of this age (which ought to be spelled “happen-ness,” since it depends on what happens) and the joy of the Lord.

by Vance Havner