Thursday, October 29, 2009

Colour-blindness about theology


Writing about the one of the "pressing dangers" facing the Church in 1884 J. C. Ryle wrote:
It consist in the rise and progress of a spirit of indifference to all doctrines and opinions in religion. A wave of colour-blindness about theology appears to be passing over the land. The minds of many seem utterly incapable of discerning any difference between faith and faith, creed and creed, tenet and tenet, opinion and opinion, thought and thought, however diverse, heterogeneous, contrariant and mutally destructive they may be.

Everything...is true and nothing is false, everything is right and nothing is wrong, everything is good and nothing is bad, if it approaches under the garb and name of religion. You are not allowed to ask, What is God's truth? but What is liberal, and generous, and kind?
Ironically I am colour blind and can't figure out whether the number in the picture is 13 or 15.

6 comments:

Andrew Rennie said...

It's scary in some respects that as true as this was in 1884 it is just as true in 2009. I guess that there is always going to be liberalism and indifference to doctrine until Christ returns and teaches us Himself. I'm guessing His first sermon upon return probably won't be seven steps to your best life now.

adrian reynolds said...

All true.

And at least I'm not the only colour blind preacher out there...

Word verification on this post: "deeside"!!

Martin Downes said...

In the words of Rocky, "Yo Adrian...send me an email"

Gary Benfold said...
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Gary Benfold said...

It's 15. Honest

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