Archive for the ‘hypocrisy’ Category

Self-deception

August 6, 2009

Self-deception is a process of denying or rationalizing away the relevance, significance, or importance of opposing evidence and logical argument.

Wikipedia

Stalin asked if he could go further towards the fighting on the front but Beria forbade him. he visited the hospital at Yukono, according to his bodyguards and was depressed by so many amputees. Afterwards, he felt ill and his arthritis played up.

This scene resembles the moment when Hitler, in his train, found himself looking into a hospital train on its way back from the Eastern Front: he and the wounded stared at each other for a second before he ordered the blinds to be closed.

Simon Sebag Montefiore, Stalin, The Court of the Red Tsar, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2003, p.405; 405n.

The Compromised Christian

October 21, 2008

I have sometimes been greatly obliged to a wicked world for what it has done to inconsistent professors of religion. While I was Pastor at Waterbeach, a certain young man joined the church. We thought he was a changed character, but there used to be in the village, once a year, a great temptation in the form of a feast; and when the feast came round, this foolish fellow was there in very evil company. He was in the long room of a public-house, in the evening, and when I heard what happened, I really felt intense gratitude to the landlady of that place. When she came in, and saw him there, she said, “Halloa, Jack So-and-so, are you here? Why, you are one of Spurgeon’s lot, yet you are here; you ought to be ashamed of yourself. This is not fit company for you. Put him out of the window, boys.” And they did put him out of the window on the Friday night, and we put him out of the door on the Sunday, for we removed his name from our church-book. Where was he to go to? The world would not have him, and the church would not have him; if he had been all for the world, the world would have made something of him; and if he had been all for Christ, Christ would have made something of him. But as he tried to be a little for each, and so nothing to either, his life became a wretched one; as he walked the Streets, people pointed at him with scorn. The Christians turned away, thinking him a hypocrite, as I fear he was; and the wordlings called him one, and made his name a by-word and a proverb.

The Autobiography of Charles Spurgeon vol.1 ch.14