Posts Tagged ‘sin’

Love is but its outgoing; sin is but its defiance; grace is but its action on sin; the Cross is but its victory; faith is but its worship

January 26, 2010

Holiness cannot be separated from love. “Love” says P.T. Forsyth, “is but its (holiness’) outgoing; sin is but its defiance; grace is but its action on sin; the Cross is but its victory; faith is but its worship.”

David F. Wells, The Courage to be Protestant, IVP, 2008, p.241

Running to and from God at the same time

September 8, 2009

The religious and moral life of man is man’s achievement, but also God’s wrestling with him; it manifests a receptivity to God, but at the same time an inexcusable disobedience and blindness to God…Man seeks God and at the same time flees from Him in His seeking, because his self-assertive self-centredness of will, his root- sin, always breaks through.

Hendrik Kraemer, The Christian Message, p.112

man himself is mankind’s greatest danger

September 7, 2009

It is becoming more and more obvious that it is not starvation, not microbes, not cancer, but man himself who is mankind’s greatest danger because he has no adequate protection against psychic epidemics, which are infinitely more devastating in their effect than the greatest natural catastrophes.

Carl Gutav Jung

God’s Laws Inconvenience Our Chosen Lifestyle

September 4, 2009

Most people I’ve represented, if they were aware of the 10 Commandments, would have chosen to ignore them, because it spoils the things they most enjoy in life.

Max Clifford, publisher

(on the Commandments)

You’ve got to rewrite it – it’s a flawed product.

John Hegarty, Creative Director, BBH Advertising

The flaw, though, is in us. “the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.” Rom.7.12

Hating sin for the sinner’s sake

September 3, 2009

For a long time, C.S. Lewis reports, he could never understand the hairsplitting distinction of hating a person’s sin and hating the sinner. How could you hate what a man did, and not hate the man? Lewis says, ‘But years later it occurred to me that there was one man to whom I had been doing this all my life–namely myself. However much I might dislike my own cowardice or conceit or greed, I went on loving myself. There had never been the slightest difficulty about it. In fact the very reason why I hated the things is that I loved the man. Just because I loved myself, I was sorry to find that I was the sort of man who did those things.’ “

What’s So Amazing About Grace – Yancey, pp.280-281

Individualism in Political Theory

September 1, 2009

(Liberalism’s) essence lies in a respect for the autonomy of the individual. Because liberalism starts with the individual, the most characteristic liberal political doctrines are the social contract as the foundation of legitimate government and individual rights as the basis of liberty. Contemporary liberals will speak enthusiastically of natural rights, but they tend to reject the concept of natural laws, in the sense of obligations that are superior to those created by governments. Obligations in contemporary liberalism come not from nature…but from society, and they are clearly legitimate only to the extent that individuals have in some sense consented to be bound by them. Rights, on the other hand, are founded directly on our assumed status as autonomous beings.

Phillip E. Johnson, Reason in the Balance, 1995, p.46

And this raises the question how community life, marriage and its obligations etc. can be supported by social contract theory.
The only obligation I have a right to assume, is to do at any time what I think is right.
Henry Thoreau

Cain – Man Divided

August 31, 2009

In Cain there appears for the first time that perennial conflict in the soul of fallen man, the conflict between the passionate claims to be left alone, the assertion of independence, and the no less terror of being left alone, the obscure foreboding of the hell to which independence leads The first produces the indignant question, ‘Am I my brother’s keeper?’ The second, the bitter complaint, ‘Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth, and from thy face I shall be hid.’

Oliver Quick, The Gospel of the New World, 1944, p.40

Humanism – Man’s Pride

August 28, 2009

…we cling to old myths that allow us to go on living with fear and hate – above all, hate of ourselves, miserable sinners. This is folly. Man now needs for his salvation only
one thing: to open his heart to joy, and leave fear to gibber through the glimmering darkness of a forgotten past. He must lift up his eyes and say: “No, I am not a miserable sinner; I am a being who, by a long and arduous road, have discovered how to make intelligence master natural obstacles, how to live in freedom and joy, at peace with myself and therefore with all mankind.

Bertrand Russell, in Ray Monk, vol.2, p.324

Remember your humanity, and forget the rest.

Russell–Einstein Manifesto, issued in London on July 9, 1955 by Bertrand Russell, in Ray Monk, ibid., p.373

The Gospel is the Cure for despair and pride

August 25, 2009

Some, who regard nature as incorrupt, while others as incurable, have not been able to avoid either pride on the one hand or sloth on the other (which are the two sources of all vice), since the only alternative they have is to give up through cowardice or escape through pride. If they realized the excellence of man, they would be ignorant of his corruption, with the result that they would certainly have avoided sloth, but then lapsed into pride. On the other hand, if they recognized that they managed to avoid pride, they would only fall headlong into despair.

Only the Christian faith has been able to cure these two vices, not by using one to get rid of the other according to the practice of worldly wisdom, but by driving both out according to the simplicity of the gospel.


Conversion – the need for repentance

August 4, 2009

If you don’t have a new relationship with sin you don’t have a new relationship with God.

Paul Washer