Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Friday, July 2, 2021

Opus 2021-213: Immortal Quotes: Whatever Weakens Your Reason...

I heard a quotation that I thought was attributed to John Wesley and I wanted to find it.  I have the works of Wesley on disk.  I did a search and the words just were not there.  Finally I did an on line search and found that it was actually from his mother, Susanna.  It was an awesome definition of sin.

“Whatever weakens your reason, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, takes off your relish for spiritual things, whatever increases the authority of the body over the mind, that thing is sin to you, however innocent it may seem in itself.”

    Letter to John Wesley, June 8, 1725 from his mother Susanna
Most people tend to think of sin as a list of things like telling lies, stealing, murder and such.  If you are a liberal who is confused enough to think you are a Christian the list would include voting for Donald Trump.  Most of us have a legalistic view that keeps us from living life to its fullest.

I like what Susanna Wesley had to say.  Many sins are cut and dried.  Adultery is a sin.  Drunkenness is a sin.  Also not taking a Sabbath is a sin.  There are also many activities and actions we can take that are either good or bad depending on our motive or whether we exercise moderation.  While sex is a divine blessing in marriage, withholding affection from you spouse for petty reasons is not.  There is a big difference between a social drink and drinking to excess.  Enjoying a good meal is just a few portions away from gluttony.  

The Christian life is full of nuance.  Live it to the full and sin not.

homo unius libri

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