Real Piety has Vanished

Real piety, by which is meant true worship and prayer to God, has disappeared among us, as St. Paul writes to the Romans [Rom. 1:28–31]: “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenant-breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful.”

From these words of Paul we learn that all these evils which he enumerates arise when we desert God, do not fully recognise Him, do not look up to Him, do not place our whole trust in him, but on the contrary despise Him and regard him somewhat as we would an old sleeping dog. But I shall not now consider the question whose fault it is that we have forgotten him. That matter I shall discuss at the proper time. — Huldrych Zwingli*

True then, true now.  Just look at the Republican Party, the Church, and the Nation.

*NB- If anyone knows where I can get that little bronze statue of Zwingli, I’d be grateful beyond words if you would tell me.

2 thoughts on “Real Piety has Vanished

  1. Jim,

    not sure if this is the correct statue, but look at the webpage for “Biblical Heritage Exhibit” where there is a statue called “Ulricht Zwingli – Sculpture (table top size)” – but no image attached to confirm if it is the correct statue.
    The web address (at least as it is here in a search from Australia), is https://www.biblicalheritageexhibit.com/products/viricht-zwingli-sculpture-table-top-size

    BTW: there are other statues there that might also be relevant

    regards,

    Matthew

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