Posts Tagged ‘sinfulness’

Potter & Clay

Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?” (v. 21).

See – – Romans 9:14-24

If only some people are predestined to be saved, then it logically must follow that other people are not. The doctrine of predestination to salvation is called the doctrine of election, and the doctrine of predestination to damnation is called the doctrine of reprobation.

There is some mystery in these doctrines of predestination, but as we have said before, if we don’t say that God predestines all things, we don’t have a God at all. If He is not totally sovereign, He is only a “big man” like Zeus or Baal. At the same time, there are some things we can say about the doctrines of election and reprobation, and we need to say them.

First, the fact is that all mankind is in sin and rebellion against God. God does not have to elect anybody. When God chooses to save a sinner, He puts forth an action to save that person. God works to create belief in us. This contrasts with the doctrine of reprobation. God does not put forth an effort to cause people to sin. When God chooses to bypass a sinner, He does not work to create unbelief in that person’s heart. Rather, God simply lets him go his own way.

Thus, second, we say that election and reprobation are not “equally ultimate.” In election, God powerfully acts to change a person from a sinner to a saint. God does not act to change a saint into a sinner. Election is an act of God; reprobation is simply the reflex of that action, the fact that God has not elected everybody.

Third, we have to say that God’s action of deciding to save some is simultaneously a decision not to save others. The decision to save is called election, and the decision not to save is called preterition. Since this is one action, it can be seen as two sides of one coin, and “equally ultimate” in that sense.

But, and this is most important, when God implements election by calling the saints, He saves us apart from anything we have done. When God implements preterition by reprobating the wicked, He does not do anything to them; He simply leaves them alone. In this important sense, the work of God in condemning the wicked is not the reverse side of His work in saving sinners.

Many people are put off by the things we have discussed today. Read Romans 9:19–21. Notice how Paul deals with those who objected. The bottom line of Paul’s reply is this: We must bow the knee to God. He has decided not to save everybody, and we have no right to criticize Him. Can you agree?

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The Passions: A Spiritual Disease

Posted: October 24, 2011 in Biblical, catholic, Charismatic, Christian, Church, Evangelical, Liturgical, Orthodox, Pentecostal, Reformed, Renaissance, Repentance, Sacramental, Scriptural, universal
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Passions

A passion is a spiritual disease that dominates the soul. When one repeatedly falls into a certain sin, it becomes second nature – a passion – for him to keep falling into this sin. Thus, one who misuses the God-given powers of the soul of desire and anger, or one who continually succumbs to temptations of lust, hate, malice, or jealousy, or one who succumbs to pride and vainglory, acquires those passions. It is primarily through repentance, faith, obedience to God, submission to His will, and dying daily to self is one healed of the passions.

The passions are:

harshness, trickery, malice, perversity, mindlessness, licentiousness, enticement,

dullness, lack of understanding, idleness, sluggishness, stupidity, flattery, silliness,

idiocy, madness, derangement, coarseness, rashness, cowardice, lethargy, dearth of

good actions, moral errors, greed, over-frugality, ignorance, folly, spurious knowledge,

forgetfulness, lack of discrimination, obduracy, injustice, evil intention, a conscienceless

soul, slothfulness, idle chatter, breaking of faith, wrongdoing, sinfulness, lawlessness,

criminality, passion, seduction, assent to evil, mindless coupling, demonic provocation,

dallying, bodily comfort beyond what is required, vice, stumbling, sickness of soul,

enervation, weakness of intellect, negligence, laziness, a reprehensible despondency,

disdain of God, aberration, transgression, unbelief, lack of faith, wrong belief, poverty of

faith, heresy, fellowship in heresy, polytheism, idolatry, ignorance of God, impiety,

magic, astrology, divination, sorcery, denial of God, the love of idols, dissipation,

profligacy, loquacity, indolence, self-love, inattentiveness, lack of progress, deceit,

delusion, audacity, witchcraft, defilement, the eating of unclean food, soft living,

dissoluteness, voracity, unchastity, avarice, anger, dejection, listlessness, self-esteem,

pride, presumption, self-elation, boastfulness, infatuation, foulness, satiety, doltishness,

torpor, sensuality, over-eating, gluttony, insatiability, secret eating, hoggishness, solitary

eating, indifference, fickleness, self-will, thoughtlessness, self-satisfaction, love of

popularity, ignorance of beauty, uncouthness, gaucherie, light-mindedness,

boorishness, rudeness, contentiousness, quarrelsomeness, abusiveness, shouting,

brawling, fighting, rage, mindless desire, gall, exasperation, giving offence, enmity,

meddlesomeness, chicanery, asperity, slander, censure, calumny, condemnation,

accusation, hatred, railing, insolence, dishonor, ferocity, frenzy, severity,

aggressiveness, forswearing oneself, oath taking, lack of compassion, hatred of one’s

brothers, partiality, patricide, matricide, breaking fasts, laxity, acceptance of bribes,

theft, rapine, jealousy, strife, envy, indecency, jesting, vilification, mockery, derision,

exploitation, oppression, disdain of one’s neighbor, flogging, making sport of others,

hanging, throttling, heartlessness, implacability, covenant-breaking, bewitchment,

harshness, shamelessness, impudence, obfuscation of thoughts, obtuseness, mental

blindness, attraction to what is fleeting, impassionedness, frivolity, disobedience,

dullwittedness, drowsiness of soul, excessive sleep, fantasy, heavy drinking,

drunkenness, uselessness, slackness, mindless enjoyment, self-indulgence, venery,

using foul language, effeminacy, unbridled desire, burning lust, masturbation, pimping,

adultery, sodomy, bestiality, defilement, wantonness, a stained soul, incest,

uncleanliness, pollution, sordidness, feigned affection, laughter, jokes, immodest

dancing, clapping, improper songs, revelry, fluteplaying, license of tongue, excessive

love of order, insubordination, disorderliness, reprehensible collusion, conspiracy,

warfare, killing, brigandry, sacrilege, illicit gains, usury, wiliness, grave-robbing,

hardness of heart, obloquy, complaining, blasphemy, fault-finding, ingratitude,

malevolence, contemptuousness, pettiness, confusion, lying, verbosity, empty words,

mindless joy, daydreaming, mindless friendship, bad habits, nonsensicality, silly talk,

garrulity, niggardliness, depravity, intolerance, irritability, affluence, rancour, misuse, illtemper,

clinging to life, ostentation, affectation, pusillanimity, satanic love, curiosity,

contumely, lack of the fear of God, unteachability, senselessness, haughtiness, selfvaunting,

self-inflation, scorn for one’s neighbor, mercilessness, insensitivity,

hopelessness, spiritual paralysis, hatred of God, despair, suicide, a falling away from

God in all things, utter destruction –

Altogether 298 passions……….

These, then, are the passions which have been found named in the Holy Scriptures.

St. John Climakos states: “If you seek understanding in wicked men, you will not find it.”

For all that the demons produce is disorderly. In common with the godless and the unjust, the demons have but one purpose: to destroy the souls of those who accept their evil counsel. Yet sometimes they actually help men to attain holiness. In such instances they are conquered by the patience and faith of those who put their trust in the Lord, and who through their good actions and resistance to evil thoughts counteract the demons and bring down curses upon them.

From A LIST OF THE PASSIONS, Saint Peter of Damaskos The Philokalia; The Complete Text compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain and St. Makarios of Corinth Volume Three Translated from the Greek and edited by G.E.H. Palmer, Philip Sherard, Kallistos Ware faber and faber, 1984