CQOD: 08/14/05 -- Erasmus: works do not make you pious
Christian Quotation of the DayAugust 14, 2005
Commemoration of Maximilian Kolbe, Franciscan Friar, Priest, Martyr, 1941
Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother's way. As one who is in the Lord Jesus, I am fully convinced that no food is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for him it is unclean. If your brother is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy your brother for whom Christ died.
-- Romans 14:13-15
Paul does not forbid you to use rites and ceremonies, but it is not his wish that he who is free in Christ should be bound by them. He does not condemn the law of works if only one uses it lawfully. Without these things perhaps you will not be pious; but they do not make you pious.
... Desiderius Erasmus (1466?-1536)
Quiet time reflection:
Am I honoring some religious practices above love and consideration for the brethren?
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