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Myth of a Christian Nation

“The kingdom of God…advances only by exercising power under others. It expands by manifesting the power of self-sacrificial, Calvary-like love.” [Quotes]

“While all the versions of the kingdom of the world acquire and exercise power over others, the kingdom of God, incarnated and modeled in the person of Jesus Christ, advances only by exercising power under others. It expands by manifesting the power of self-sacrificial, Calvary-like love.”

Boyd, Gregory A. (2009-05-11). The Myth of a Christian Nation: How the Quest for Political Power Is Destroying the Church, (p. 14). Zondervan.

 

 

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