Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Bell: human depravity

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
    You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men. So, brothers, in whatever condition each was called, there let him remain with God.
    —1 Corinthians 7:23-24 (ESV)
    Whenever man decides that he is competent to do as he pleases he is soon enjoying Hell on earth, partly because much of what he pleases, except he know he must obey God, is low-down disgusting and partly because, even when he pleases to do something decent, he is mostly too weak-willed and too addle-pated to bring the same to good effect. Man must be redeemed by a power outside himself... I do not regard the overdetermined “optimists” as silly; they seem to me only the victims of a wishful thinking which disregards plain facts.
    ... Bernard Iddings Bell (1886-1958), God is Not Dead, New York: Harper & Brothers, 1945, p. xiv (see the book)
    See also 1 Cor. 7:23-24; Rom. 6:21; 7:5; 8:1,4-6; Eph. 5:3-5; Col. 3:5-6; Jas. 1:13-15
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I rely on You for all goodness.
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