Wednesday, March 28, 2007

CQOD: 04/02/07 -- Hoskyns: simplification vs. truth

Christian Quotation of the Day

April 2, 2007
    I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that, if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of truth. Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.
    -- 1 Timothy 3:14-16 (ESV)

    The Creeds... were formulated gradually, as a result of a series of desperate controversies—which are now named, sometimes after the supposed leaders and representatives of a particular interpretation of the Christian religion, and sometimes after the particular interpretation itself. I need not now attempt to make precise these heresies, as they came to be called. It is necessary only to point out that in various ways all these heresies were simplifications. By means of them, the revelation of God to men was made—or appeared to be made—less scandalous. On the other hand, the various clauses of the Creed were not formulated as a new simplification, or as an alternative-ism. They were nothing more than emphatic statements of the Biblical scandal, statements which brought into sharp antagonism the new simplification and the old, Scriptural, many-sided, and vigorous truth.
    ... E. C. Hoskyns (1884-1937), We Are the Pharisees [1960]

Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, help me avoid accomodations in the Gospel, and to shun the world's respect and praise in favor of holding to Your truth.

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