Charles Hodge to Lennie

I will be posting in a minute or so on Charles Hodge, but to illustrate Hodge’s approach to life and Christian devotion, I want to provide a letter he wrote to his nephew, Hugh Lenox Scott:

Dear Lennie,

Never pass a day without reading the Bible and calling upon God in prayer.

Learn to pray aways. The Lord Jesus is ever near you. It does not take long to say: “Lord preserve me; Lord help me; Lord keep me from sin.” We need to say this a hundred times a day.

Never gamble.

Never drink intoxicating liquor.

Never use profane language.

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth.

Never incur debt.

Live peaceable with all men.

Never be afraid to confess Christ.

Let your last words every night be: “I take Jesus Christ to be my God and Saviour.”

May the blessing of God be upon you always and everywhere.

Your Loving Grandfather, Charles Hodge, Princeton, Sept. 15, 1876

From Paul Gutjahr, Charles Hodge: Guardian of American Orthodoxy, 320.

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  • CGC

    What about the seven deadly sins?

  • Jeff Martin

    Intoxicating liquor as compared to liquor that does not intoxicate??

    The last admnonition strikes me as odd coming from Hodge. He sounds like an someone who takes Arminianism too far and prays the sinners prayer every day!

  • phil_style

    Never incur debt.. there goes the property market.

  • http://pastormyles.blogspot.com Myles

    I love the sincerity about needing to connect with our Lord moment by moment for salvation and strength. No theological posturing or positioning, just honest advice for walking with Jesus.

  • Luke Allison

    Better than some grandfathers’ advice, I’ll bet!


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