Monday, March 08, 2021

Studdert Kennedy: the spread of evil

Monday, March 8, 2021
    Commemoration of Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy, Priest, Poet, 1929
    For [those who follow the corrupt desire of the sinful nature and despise authority] mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of sinful human nature, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error. They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him.
    —2 Peter 2:18-19 (NIV)
    We have forgotten that evil is infectious, as infectious as small-pox; and we do not perceive that if we allow whole departments of our life to become purely secular, and to create and maintain moral or immoral standards of their own, in time the whole of life is bound to become corrupt.
    ... G. A. Studdert Kennedy (1883-1929), The Wicket Gate, London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1923, p. 225-226 (see the book)
    See also 2 Pet. 2:18-19; Ps. 14:1-3; Matt. 15:11; Mark 7:20-23; Rom. 1:18-23; 8:20-21; Gal. 6:8; 2 Pet. 1:4
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have come to free sinners.
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