Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Augustine: selective belief

Wednesday, October 18, 2023
    Feast of Luke the Evangelist
    I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.
    —Galatians 1:6-7 (NIV)
    If you believe what you like in the gospel, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself.
    ... St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430), Reply to Faustus the Manichaean, tr., R. Stothert, in A Select Library of the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers of the Christian Church, v. IV, Philip Schaff, ed., Buffalo: Christian Literature Company, 1887, XVII.3, p. 235 (see the book)
    See also Gal. 1:6-9; Deut. 4:2; 12:32; Matt. 24:24; Phil. 3:1; 1 Tim. 4:1,16; 2 Tim. 4:3-4; Tit. 1:9; 2:1; 2 Pet. 2:1-3; 1 John 2:26; 4:1; 2 John 1:7-10; Jude 1:3-4; Rev. 22:18-19
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your people receive the whole Gospel.
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