Friday, October 14, 2005

friday's quotes of the week

"Reintroduce law into justification and you open the door to faith-plus-something. That "something" is never legal righteousness. It always turns out to be sacerdotal power, the great grand priest in his robes and sacerdotal office holding forth like the Pope.

Understand this: whenever you hear a pastor arguing for works as part of justification, you hear a pastor seeking the office of Pope. "

from David Bayly (the whole article hits the nail on the proverbial head)

"Why isn't there a special name for the tops of your feet?"

Lily Tomlin

"If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment."

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

"I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than to be crowded on a velvet cushion."

Henry David Thoreau


At 5:58 AM, Blogger Perpetual Chocoholic said...

Great list of quotes.

At 6:00 AM, Blogger Walt said...

Reintroduce law into justification and you open the door to faith-plus-something.

Was James seeking to be "Pope" in chapter 2?

Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

With a statement like that, how can a preacher fulfill his duty to his congregation and not preach the importance of works?

At 12:06 PM, Blogger Son of Abraham said...

Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.

At 12:16 PM, Blogger Son of Abraham said...

Wow, that's in the Bible!

At 7:55 PM, Anonymous David said...

Yes, that is in the Bible. But the works that we are to show is that we are showing gratitude, not trying to earn brownie points.

James said that if someone has faith, they are to have works. It means what you believe should have legs, not just be in your head and have nothing result because of it.

Faith comes first. You can't have "I must do something right to make myself right with God." It's a finished work that we REST in. We do works out of REST.


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