Crooked Finger (crookedfingers) wrote,
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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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