Thursday, November 24, 2005

 

I WANT a principle within

On Slice Of Laodicea, Ingrid has been posting some information about standards in the Church. Specifically, the posts have concerned a tendency in what is commonly known as "The Emerging (or Emergent) Church" to allow swearing.

The latest comment is Making Allowances for Sin

One of the people involved in the E.C. has written an editorial comment justifying "cussing".

Compare that with Wesleyan thoughts on this matter. And any sin.

HYMN 308.
C. M. D.
I WANT a principle within
Of jealous, godly fear;
A sensibility of sin,
A pain to feel it near.
I want the first approach to feel
Of pride, or fond desire;
To catch the wand'ring of my will,
And quench the kindling fire.

2 That I from thee no more may part,
No more thy goodness grieve,
The filial awe, the fleshly heart,
The tender conscience, give.
Quick as the apple of an eye,
O God, my conscience make!
Awake my soul, when sin is nigh,
And keep it still awake.


3 If to the right or left I stray,
That moment, Lord, reprove;
And let me weep my life away,
For having grieved thy love.
O may the least omission pain
My well-instructed soul;
And drive me to the blood again,
Which makes the wounded whole !

Charles Wesley,
Hymns for the People called Methodists (with 1831 Supplement)

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