Tag Archives: sin

Martin Luther Says to Drink Away Temptation


I recently posted “C.S. Lewis Drank Three Pints of Beer in the Morning — A Letter From Tolkien.”

So, to continue with the theme of famous Christians who write letters dealing with alcohol:

Lapham’s Quarterly recently offered this letter by Martin Luther, written to Jerome Weller. Here’s an excerpt dealing with the temptation to be melancholy:

“Whenever the devil harasses you thus, seek the company of men, or drink more, or joke and talk nonsense, or do some other merry thing. Sometimes we must drink more, sport, recreate ourselves, aye, and even sin a little to spite the devil, so that we leave him no place for troubling our consciences with trifles. We are conquered if we try too conscientiously not to sin at all. So when the devil says to you, ‘Do not drink,’ answer him, ‘I will drink, and right freely, just because you tell me not to.’ One must always do what Satan forbids. What other cause do you think that I have for drinking so much strong drink, talking so freely and making merry so often, except that I wish to mock and harass the devil who is wont to mock and harass me. Would that I could contrive some great sin to spite the devil, that he might understand that I would not even then acknowledge it and that I was conscious of no sin whatever. We, whom the devil thus seeks to annoy, should remove the whole Decalogue from our hearts and minds.”

That, Protestant evangelicals, is your great-granddaddy.

Amen.

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‘Conservative Anglican leaders’ more worried about PR than prison sentences


“We are equally concerned for the affected communities in Chile from the recent earthquake, terrorist attacks in Kenya, and the backlash from the international community in Uganda from their new legislation.” — statement from the Global Anglican Future Conference, released Saturday (April 26)

That new Ugandan legislation is Orwellian in the worst sense of the term, as it requires citizens to report to the police anyone suspected of being gay,” in the words of the Religion News Service. 

So, to follow the Jesus who said, “neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more,” one must rat out “suspected” gays who, if convicted, could face “life in prison,” the RNS says.

But the Global Anglican Future Conference equates the backlash against this horrible law with earthquakes and terrorism.

There’s your Bible-believing community, Uganda-style — or is that Soviet style? Or Big Brother style?

No, no, no — of course not. Jesus said, “I did not fulfill the law. Go and find sinners, and punish them. And if your sin isn’t opposed by national legislation, throw the first stone.” He said that, somewhere, Ugandan politicians and conservative Anglicans are sure of it. Tyranny without end, Amen.

Sin and humanity


We can’t get rid of sin unless we get rid of humanity. If we got rid of sin, humanity would cease to exist. So please, keep sinning – we’re all depending on it.

Grace is for the norm


Grace is for the norm. Everything that is normal is sinful. Some of us become saintly, some of us become perverted, but most of us are just as sinful as we are normal. Grace is for the norm.

Normalcy


Normalcy includes plenty of sinfulness. However, in the quest to fight sin on human terms, some religious people get weird and then weirder. This is not a step in the right direction. (A partly formed thought for more development.)

Soren Kierkegaard: Socrates and the immortality of the soul


“Socrates proved the immortality of the soul from the fact that sickness of the soul (which may be called sin) does not consume the soul, as sickness of the body consumes the body.” — Soren Kierkegaard, The Sickness Unto Death

Sexuality, morality, and hypocrisy


Hot button! 

“[S]exual hypocrisy is fairly widespread. That might not be a bad thing; after all, it is said that the man who isn’t a hypocrite has either no sin or no morals. You might argue that if the former is impossible, hypocrisy is preferable to the latter.”

Read the full article by Arthur C. Brooks, visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, here.

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