August 24th, 2014

doctrinal purity

It is 9:55 AM Sunday morning in the flow of salvation history. Outside this morning it is humid and gray. It is suppose to get in the high 80's today here in West Michigan. Carol has gone to bed for the day after working all night. As I was talking to her this morning about American Christianity she fell asleep sitting up at our dining room table. She is off tonight and tomorrow night. She then works two nights and then is off from work till September 10th. Next Sunday she flies to Boston to be with our son Caleb and his wife Emily for the birth of their baby girl. I will stay home to contemplate in silence with our dog Rudy.

Last night I read some more of Bart's biography on Flaubert and watched some television. I went to bed around 11 o'clock PM. Now it is another day.

I am almost finished reading "The Roads To Zion Mourn" by Hugh of Balma. I next plan to read "On Contemplation" by Guigo De Ponte in the book, "Carthusian Spirituality: The Writings Of Hugh Of Balma And Guigo De Ponte" [The Classics Of Western Spirituality].

I am just an old fashion evangelical when it comes to being a Christian. I hold to the authority of Scripture. I go by the plain simple teachings of the Bible. I was remembering this morning these words of the apostle Paul, "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry" 2 Timothy 4:3-5.

I will quote some more of the treatise "The Roads To Zion Mourn" by Hugh of Balma.

"37. When the apex of the affectus, in which our being moved by ardor to God takes place, is touched, God's touch leaves behind in the human spirit the truest of all understanding knowledge. For only in what the affectus senses of God can the intellect truly learn, or apprehend. That is why the conclusion to chapter one of On Mystical Theology says: "Through love's union, which is effective union of true knowledge, one is united to God in understanding ignorance that is far more noble than any understanding cognition."

38. Out of this union the mind is given marvelous clarity for the investigation of hidden things, as the phantasms in the imagination burst open, restraining the disorder of the external sense by inward tether, mortifying even the flesh's sensuality and pestiferous corruption, which brings about an ignited affectus that simple overflows. The more the human spirit is raised up by aspiration, the more the corruption of evil fleshly inflammation abates." Hugh of Balma pg. 165
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    contemplative contemplative

they have itching ears

It is 11:06 AM late Sunday morning in the flow of divine history. It is humid gray day here by Lake Michigan. I have been up since 6:55 AM. When I got up I made a pot of coffee and then messed with our main computer. In the mornings I read my friends blogs in LiveJournal and Diaryland. I have been reading some people's blogs since 2001. A lot of people have come and gone in LiveJournal and Diaryland, but I am still here writing away. Right now LJ is down and I am writing Here first instead at LJ. I wrote this long complex entry in LJ this morning and then LJ crashed. I lost all that I wrote which is the way it goes in the world.

I just made a quiche for something to eat. After making a quiche I cleaned the kitchen.

I have only gotten around to reading this morning the last pages of the treatise "The Roads To Zion Mourn" by Hugh of Balma. I plan next to read "On Contemplation" by Guigo De Ponte in the book "Carthusian Spirituality: The Writings Of Hugh of Balma And Guigo De Ponte" [The Classics of Western Spirituality].

I am still reading "John 1-12" New Testament IV Reformation Commentary On Scripture Edited by Craig S. Farmer.

Yesterday while volunteering at the library book nook I was reading "John 1-12" on chapter 3 of the Gospel of John and was really struck by this verse "He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him" John 3:36. It really struck me that those who are not in saving union with the Son of God the Lord Jesus Christ are under the wrath of God right now. All those who are not saved and living for Christ Jesus are living day by day in the wrath of God "the wrath of God abides on him". That is scary and we need as Bible believing Christians to preach the Gospel to the world especially America that has become more and more morally rotten.

I keep hearing these verses in Second Timothy, "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned to fables" 2 Tim. 4:3,4.

It is sad to see Christians and unbelievers rejecting the absolute authority of God's Word the Bible "they will turn their ears away from the truth". We live in dark times. We see all around us the Great Apostasy prophesied in the Bible.

Well I will close to check out my quiche.

11:06 a.m. - 2014-08-24
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    contemplative contemplative

Come to Calvary’s holy mountain

Come to Calvary’s holy mountain,
Sinners, ruined by the Fall;
Here a pure and healing fountain
Flows to you, to me, to all,
In a full, perpetual tide,
Opened when our Savior died.

Come in poverty and meanness,
Come defiled, without, within;
From infection and uncleanness,
From the leprosy of sin,
Wash your robes and make them white;
Ye shall walk with God in light.

Come in sorrow and contrition,
Wounded, impotent, and blind;
Here the guilty free remission,
Here the troubled peace, may find.
Health this fountain will restore;
He that drinks shall thirst no more.

He that drinks shall live forever;
’Tis a soul renewing flood.
God is faithful; God will never
Break His covenant of blood,
Signed when our Redeemer died,
Sealed when He was glorified.

"And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him" Luke 23:33
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    contemplative contemplative

Christian reading materials

I have near me in my main study these Christian books that I seek to read often.

"Orthodox Spirituality: A Practical Guide For The Faithful And A Definitive Manual For The Scholar" by Dumitru Staniloae

"Orthodox Psychotherapy: The Science of the Fathers" by Metroplitan of Nafpaktos Hierotheos [translated by Esther Williams]

"John Ruusbroec THE SPIRITUAL ESPOUSALS AND OTHER WORKS [The Classics of Western Spirituality]

"Devotio Moderna BASIC WRITINGS" [The Classics of Western Spirituality]

"Miguel de Molinos THE SPIRITUAL GUIDE" [The Classics of Western Spirituality]

I am see in all the above books a common description of the Christian life. I would add that as Christians we must go by the teachings of the Bible when it comes to being a lover of the Lord Jesus Christ. The above books are not free from error. "Test all things; hold fast what is good" 1 Thess. 5:21. Personally I love the apostle Paul and study continually his epistles/New Testament especially The Letter to the Romans and the Letter to the Galatians.

"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God" Romans 12:2.

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    Mikal Cronin "MCII"