Idolatry

Sin is idolatry, that is, creature worship. This is St. Paul’s definition in Rom. 1:25: “Men worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator.” All forms and aspects of sin are reducible to this. And this is the inclining of the human will to self as the ultimate end, because self is the particular creature in which selfishness is most interested. All other creatures are subordinate and subservient to this one. This idolatry is both freedom and bondage: “Whosoever commits sin is the slave of sin” (John 8:34); “of whom a man is [voluntarily] overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage” (2 Pet. 2:19).

This sin is freedom because it is the uncompelled self-motion of the will; it is bondage because the will is unable to reverse its self-motion. Man is responsible and guilty for this creature worship because he originates and perpetuates it by self-determination; and he is helpless and ruined by it because he cannot overcome and extirpate his central self-determination by his superficial volitions and resolutions.  — W.G.T. Shedd,

The Confederate Flag Represents Slavery

flagAnd it should be the national flag of the United States of America- because we are a nation in love with sin.  And, as Jesus rightly remarked- “ I assure you: Everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin. (Jn. 8:34).”  As a consequence, we are all slaves.  Not one of us is free.  Not even those who think the Confederate Flag is beneath them.  And perhaps especially them, since they are most inclined to deny the very reality of sin itself.

Important Information for Those Registering for the British New Testament Society Meeting

Colleagues,

A glitch appears to have developed in the booking site for this year’s conference. The residential booking option has disappeared. Please do not use the non-residential booking option if you plan to attend as a residential delegate.

We are looking into it and hope to have it restored to full working order next week.
We will extend the reduced booking rate once we get it fixed.

Many thanks for your patience.

Paul Middleton

A Confederate Flag In Alabama Killed Seven People at a Mall Today

flagSeven people were killed this morning when a Confederate flag walked into an Alabama shopping mall and started shooting.

According to local reports, the flag entered Cherrywood Mall outside Huntsville armed with two AK-47 assault rifles, a P 228 handgun and several grenades. It immediately proceeded to unload its ordinance on unsuspecting shoppers.

In addition to those killed, 23 people were injured and are currently being treated in area emergency rooms. Several are in critical condition and not expected to survive.

Well, I guess the left was right after all.  The Confederate flag really is horrible.

Quote of the Day

jerome_DürerWhen the hosts of the enemy distress you, when your frame is fevered and your passions roused, when you say in your heart, “What shall I do?” Elisha’s words shall give you your answer, “Fear not, for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.” –– St. Jerome

The Profoundly Crass Hypocrisy of the Left

Here’s a piece of hypocrisy from the left that will make even Satan blush in shame:

  • The left despises the Confederate flag as a symbol of hate, bigotry, and slavery.
  • The left embraces the Rainbow flag as a symbol of love, inclusion, and acceptance.

The left believes everyone should see both flags as they do. If you see the Confederate flag as a symbol of States Rights you’re wrong. If you see the Pride flag as a symbol of rebellion against God, you’re wrong.

For the left, freedom means only and just this: to see things exactly as the left sees it. Any deviation is automatic cause for denunciation. At the same time the left rambles on incessantly about the freedom of the individual to live their own life as they see fit.

If you don’t see the hypocrisy of that, you have serious problems understanding what the concept of freedom is.

[NB- I have no use for the Confederate flag.  I wish the United States had never destroyed itself with war.  But I am unwilling to tell someone that just because I see it that way, they must.]

Martin Luther Shares Some Thoughts on the Turks

On … June 28, 1532, he [Martin Luther] sat at table deep in thought. At length he said, “I have just been thinking about the Turks. If I were Samson I would give them something to think about. Every day I would kill a thousand Turks; in a year this would amount to 350,000 Turks.”

It’s not hard to imagine what Luther would say about ISIS.