Sunday, January 17, 2016

Gore: respectable sins?

Sunday, January 17, 2016
    Feast of Antony of Egypt, Abbot, 356
    Commemoration of Charles Gore, Bishop, Teacher, Founder of the Community of the Resurrection, 1932
    [Jesus:] “Nothing outside a man can make him ‘unclean’ by going into him. Rather, it is what comes out of a man that makes him ‘unclean.’”
    —Mark 7:15 (NIV)
    Any such distinction between disreputable and respectable sins... Jesus Christ absolutely refuses to allow. In His eyes avarice, pride, contempt, refusal to forgive, hypocrisy, are at least as bad as fornication or adultery or violence.
    ... Charles Gore (1853-1932), Christ and Society, London: Allen & Unwin, Ltd., 1928, p. 50 (see the book)
    See also Mark 7:15, Matt. 23:5-7; Mark 7:21-22; 10:42-44; 12:38-40; Luke 1:51-52; 11:43; 20:46-47; Rom. 1:29-30; 12:3-16; 1 Cor. 13:4; Phil. 2:3
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, forbid that I should think my sins “better” than another’s.
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