Friday, February 07, 2020

Cate: a future religion or now?

Friday, February 7, 2020
    [Jesus:] “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.”
    —Matthew 7:15 (NIV)
    In the “dynamic” religion that we are being promised for tomorrow, no ascetic discipline or special humbleness will any longer be required. It will be a hot-water bottle kind of piety with none of that gritty old morality it in. It will be a brand of faith that has been synthetized, vitaminized, homogenized, and capsulized, and it will be as ready-made for effortless consumption as that magically bleached, cottony, crustless, already sliced white bread which is the symbol of the modern American’s massive superiority over the pagan bushwhacker.
    ... Curtis Cate (1924-2006), “God and Success”, in The Atlantic Monthly, January/June 1957, p. 76 (see the book)
    See also Deut. 32:31-33; Matt. 7:15; 15:2-20; 2 John 1:7-10
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, send Your Spirit to guard and defend Your church.
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