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Stewart then ended her farewell address with one last lamentation: "bless those who have hated me, and cheerfully pray for those who have despitefully used and persecuted me" ("Farewell Address" 74).
King's first witness, Jesus, is an "extremist for love." (24) To convey that love, King quotes from the Sermon on the Mount: "'Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.'" (25) Obviously, King is appealing to the Christian portion of his audience--specifically, the seven local clergy whose names are attached to the "Unity" letter.
After messengers overwhelmingly voted down Taylor's motion to redirect the resolution, he then offered a counter-resolution urging Southern Baptists to "reaffirm our faith in the righteousness of the Sermon on the Mount," expressing confidence in the "infallible wisdom of him who has taught us to love our enemies, to bless them that curse us, and to do good to them that despitefully use and persecute us." This resolution failed 112 to 1683, but Taylor did not let the matter drop even after the convention.
Hutterites, as do the OOA, take the Bible literally such as in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) which, in part, reads, "love your enemies, bless them who curse you, do good them who hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you ..." Loving one's enemies is at the heart of Hutterite thinking (Ediger, 1995, 56-58).
Once again we must hear the words of Jesus echoing across the centuries: `Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, and pray for them that despitefully use you.'"
The majority of the faithful preachers, bishops, members have always contended that the Lord's statement, "Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that despitefully use you, and persecute you," cannot be broken except at the sacrifice of the perpetrator's soul's eternal happiness.
26:52) and love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you (Matt.
(53.) "'You have heard that it was said, "You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy." But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who despitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
May I love them that hate me, and pray for them that despitefully use and persecute me."
"Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, pray for them that despitefully use you." Was not Amos an extremist for justice--"Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream." Was not Paul an extremist for the gospel of Jesus Christ--"I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus." Was not Martin Luther an extremist--"Here I stand; I can do none other so help me God." Was not John Bunyan an extremist--"I will stay in jail to the end of my days before I make a butchery of my conscience." Was not Abraham Lincoln an extremist--"This nation cannot survive half slave and half free." Was not Thomas Jefferson an extremist--"We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal."
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