Sunday, March 24, 2019


We cannot be in love with our Savior and relish the lyrics of the world for which He was crucified. If our feet were pierced with His they would not be leading us down the broad path of worldly music. If our hands were nailed together with His we would never use them to labor for anything of the world for which His hands were pierced. The pain He experienced for us, through faith, mortifies within us the sins for which  those sufferings atoned. If we were truly crucified together with Him and dead, then all of our desires for worldly music and pleasures would be dead also; we would be new creatures in reality: alive to His holy purposes, will and mind alone.

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“Reason dictates that persons who are truly noble and who love wisdom will honor and love only what is true. They will refuse to follow traditional viewpoints if those viewpoints are worthless...Instead, a person who genuinely loves truth must choose to do and speak what is true, even if he is threatened with death...I have not come to flatter you by this written petition, nor to impress you by my words. I have come to simply beg that you do not pass judgment until you have made an accurate and thorough investigation. Your investigation must be free of prejudice, hearsay, and any desire to please the superstitious crowds. As for us, we are convinced that you can inflict no lasting evil on us. We can only do it to ourselves by proving to be wicked people. You can kill us—but you cannot harm us.” From Justin Martyr's first apology 150 A.D. Martyred A.D. 160