Friday, 8 March 2013

The Good News, and the bad news

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The Good News is that Christ's work has won us all salvation - and all that we have to do is accept it.

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The bad news is that even one, single, solitary unrepented sin may suffice to induce us to reject salvation.

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Thanks to Christ, we are no longer slaves to sin, no longer doomed by our sins; and it is only unrepented sin that is the problem.

However, unrepented sin is fatal.

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Modernity in the West has been set-up as an environment to ensure that sins are unrepented.

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Only one is needed.

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That sin could be a moral sin - and the sexual revolution has given us encouragement to commit a wide range of sexual sins, and - much more importantly - to deny that they are sins, to pretend that they are virtues - therefore not to repent them.

But that sin could be a sin of dishonesty - the denial of a truth, or the propagation of a lie. Only one is needed, so long as we do not repent - so long as we convince ourselves that the lie is a higher form of truthfulness.

Or a sin against beauty: an unrepented act of uglification - a mutilation not merely unrepented but advertized as pretended beauty (or truth, or virtue).

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The Good News is that salvation is as easy as ever it was; but the bad news is that rejection of salvation is easier than it ever has been before in the whole of human history.

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