Quote of the Week

Posted: 21 December, 2006 in Quote of the Week

C.S. Lewis once said:

“The Devil is always trying to trick us into extremes.”

I’ve looked around recently at things which different denominations (Christians who believe different things) disagree over, and I have noticed how easily Baptists seem to overcorrect! Its a real pity!

The Catholics believe that Mary is a co-mediatrix with Christ (she can speak to God on our behalf), and so they pray to her and revere her as divine et cetera. But the result is that when a pastor teaches us what an amazing girl Mary must have been to be able to respond so well to the angel, we get all scared that the pastor is leaning towards catholocism. The same goes for the Apostle’s Creed which is recited by Catholics to earn them brownie points – I can still remember the first time we as a church recited it 🙂

We as Baptists also seem to play down the work of the Holy Spirit because we dont want to come across as Charismatic. This is sad since the work of the Holy Spirit is essential to Salvation!

This can apply not only for overcorrection, but for going to extremes which were never commanded in scripture. For example the pharisees often told Jesus that he was doing what was unlawful, because they considered it work.

Mat 12:1  At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat.  But when the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, “Look, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath.”

Mar 3:4  And he said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. 

 Just to name two instances. I need to ask myself often when I feel jusdgemental of someone whether I am thinking biblically or whether I am taking something to an extreme which was never commanded.  Whilst its often safe to err on the side of caution, adding things to scripture is just as sinful as neglecting what is written.

I think Lewis hit the nail on the head when he made that quote- perhaps we should heed what he has shown pointed out, and make the necessary changes in our thinking?

 

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