Friday, October 12, 2018

Stark & Glock: enemies within the citadel

Friday, October 12, 2018
    Commemoration of Wilfrid, Abbot of Ripon, Bishop of York, Missionary, 709
    Commemoration of Elizabeth Fry, Prison Reformer, 1845
    [Jesus] also told them this parable: “Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.”
    —Luke 6:39,40 (NIV)
    While many Americans are still firmly committed to the traditional, supernatural conceptions of a personal God, a Divine Savior, and the promise of eternal life, the trend is away from these convictions... The fact is that a demythologized modernism is overwhelming the traditional Christ-centered, mystical faith... For the modern skeptics are not the apostates, village atheists, or political revolutionaries of old. The leaders of today’s challenge to traditional beliefs are principally theologians—those in whose care the church entrusts its sacred teachings.
    ... Rodney Stark & Charles Glock, in Trans-action: social science and modern society, v. 5-6, Washington University, St. Louis, Mo., Washington University, 1967, p. 7-8 (see the book)
    See also Luke 6:39-40; Isa. 9:16; 56:10; Matt. 7:15; 15:14; Mark 13:21,22; Luke 21:8; Acts 20:29-30; 1 Tim. 6:3-5; 2 Tim. 3:12-13; 4:1-4; 2 Pet. 2:1-3; 1 John 4:2-3
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant Your people leaders who are faithful to Your word.
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