July 3 in Christian History

Jul 03, 2013 01:44 AM EDT

1756 English founder of Methodism John Wesley wrote in a letter: 'One who lives and dies in error, or in dissent from our Church, may yet be saved; but one who lives and dies in sin must perish.'

1894 Birth of Don R. Falkenberg, founder in 1923 of the Mid-West Businessmen's Council of the Pocket Testament League. In 1967 the name of this evangelical agency was changed toBible Literature International.

1907 Pope St. Pius X, in his encyclical 'Lamentabili,' formally condemned the'modernist' intellectual movement, as it exhibited itself in the Catholic Church.

1959 Pope John XXIII, in his encyclical 'Ad Petri Cathedram,' expressed the hope that non-Catholic Christians would see in the upcoming Vatical II Ecumenical Council 'a warminvitation to seek and find unity.'

1979 Thirty-four years after the end of World War II, the West German government voted to continue prosecution of Nazi war criminals by removing the statute of limitations on murder.

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