Christian Quotation of the DayJanuary 13, 2006
Feast of Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers, Teacher, 367Commemoration of Kentigern (Mungo), Missionary Bishop in Strathclyde & Cumbria, 603Meditation
When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming.
-- Colossians 3:4-6 (ESV)
Idolatry is... all manner of devotion in those that would serve God without Christ the Mediator, his Word and command. In popedom it was held a work of the greatest sanctity for the monks to sit in their cells and meditate of God, and of his wonderful works; to be kindled with zeal, kneeling on their knees, praying, and having their imaginary contemplations of celestial objects, with such supposed devotion, that they wept for joy. In these their conceits, they banished all desires and thoughts of women, and what else is temporal and evanescent. They seemed to meditate only on God, and his wonderful works. Yet all these seeming holy actions of devotion, which the wit and wisdom of man holds to be angelical sanctity, are nothing else but works of the flesh. All manner of religion, where people serve God without his Word and command, is simply idolatry, and the more holy and spiritual such a religion seems, the more hurtful and venomous it is; for it leads people away from the faith of Christ, and makes them rely and depend upon their own strength, works, and righteousness.
... Martin Luther (1483-1546), Table Talk
Quiet time reflection
You know the idols in my heart. Tear down the temples I have built, Lord, and raise a new temple to your glory there, instead.
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