Saturday, June 05, 2021

Oden: the deepest need

Saturday, June 5, 2021
    Feast of Boniface (Wynfrith) of Crediton, Archbishop of Mainz, Apostle of Germany, Martyr, 754
    My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins.
    —James 5:19-20 (NIV)
    The deepest need of humanity is for salvation from sin. This is the quandary to which the gospel speaks. The church that forgets the gospel of salvation is finally not the church but its echo. The church that becomes focused upon maintaining itself instead of the gospel becomes a dead branch of the living vine. The church is imperiled when it becomes intoxicated with the spirit of its particular age, committed more to serve the gods of that age than the God of all ages.
    ... Thomas C. Oden (1931-2016), Classic Christianity: A Systematic Theology, HarperCollins, 2009, p. 233 (see the book)
    See also Jas. 5:19-20; Matt. 1:21; John 15:5-6; Acts 3:19; Gal. 1:3-4; Col. 1:18-22
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, return all Your church to the true path.
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