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Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.
The Collect.

O LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and household continually in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore be defended by thy mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Daily Bible Verse

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Self-righteousness

There was a time in my life when I could not imagine those who profess the Christian faith, and who confess the historic Reformed creeds, being part of something like the Salem witch trials or a lynching, or some other unspeakable atrocity. But I can now. There is no violence, no cruelty, so severe as that which is excited by the delusion of self-righteousness. In places where the truth is most closely imitated, self righteousness is particularly virulent, and the purer the strain, the more merciless is the one who is energized by it.

Those who hated and murdered the Lord were professors of orthodoxy who espoused election and taught the need for forgiveness and divine grace. By their fidelity, or professed fidelity, to the Mosiac law, they knew well the need for the confession and forgiveness of sins, and also they saw themselves as having been chosen, not because they were the greatest of nations, but in spite of the fact they were the least.

Nevertheless, their profession of belief in divine grace and their formal humility was appropriated by a self-righteous motive, with the result that God's revelation of righteousness in His Son was seen by them to be the supreme threat to their very existence.

Nothing has changed. People are the same.  --  John Pedersen, Facebook comment.

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