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Anxiety In The Church: Joy In The Lord

Although official doctrine is careful not to make feelings and experiences a criterion of sanctification, much less conversion, actual discourse does precisely the opposite. Part of the package offered to potential converts is “New Life”. The natural reading of a happier earthly life is reinforced by the terms “fuller life”, “life in abundance” and so […]

Posted on January 10, 2010 at 07:54 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Anxiety In The Church: The Great Man Of God

The root of the evangelical generation of anxiety is the different ambition levels. The bulk of the church wants to be saved, to learn to live well, to be a member of a loving community. Many leaders and founders, on the other hand, are consumed by a vision of the Kingdom; while others are competitive […]

Posted on January 11, 2010 at 08:01 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Getting Unsaved Again

Catholicism is analog and a sliding scale, whereas Protestantism is digital — and binary. That is, in Protestantism you are either saved or not-saved; whereas in Catholicism you can be a saint, a good Catholic, a mediocre Catholic, a bad Catholic, a lapsed Catholic or right outside the Church. If you believe the doctrines of […]

Posted on January 12, 2010 at 09:46 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · 3 Comments
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Smile For The Cameras

The critic Mick LaSalle captured the essence of the character played by Imelda Staunton in the fifth Harry Potter film: she “goes through the movie in a flutter of self-satisfaction and succeeds in being simultaneously hilarious, utterly recognizable as a type and thoroughly hateful”. The key to Dolores’ psychology is that “She is someone who […]

Posted on January 13, 2010 at 13:43 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Anxiety In The Church: Baptisms And Other Panaceas

The insecure convert is a sucker for every kind of “If Only” thinking. If Only this, that or the other, everything will be all right. Since he is not a spiritual superstar like those around him are – or are pretending to be – and since, despite many Commitments, Recommitments and layings-on of hands, he […]

Posted on January 14, 2010 at 09:50 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Anxiety In The Church: The 99 Wrong Doors

The bumptious type of believer will not frighten himself with the prospect of falling out of God’s Perfect Plan – the prospect of 99 wrong doors opening onto disaster and doom. He will go through a brief, even cursory, process of ascertaining God’s Will, an operation that may involve prayer, his own preferences, common sense, […]

Posted on January 15, 2010 at 08:41 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Anxiety In The Church: High-Stakes Poker

With the exceptions of moral imbeciles, unsocialised infants and Randians (but I repeat myself doubly), there has always been a consensus about basic ethics. Prophets come, not to teach us any new morality, but to reproach us for not practising the old one properly. People have always known more or less what they ought to […]

Posted on January 16, 2010 at 08:19 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Anxiety In The Church: The Word Of God

A new convert sent off to Seek the Lord on a decision will naturally consult his Bible. He will pray for Guidance then read either his scheduled daily verses or open the book at random and dip. There are plenty of people who vigorously oppose the latter proceeding, quoting the canard of the man who […]

Posted on January 17, 2010 at 08:46 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Anxiety In The Church: Guidance From the Brethren

There is a general consensus in evangelical and charismatic communities that major decisions of the individual should, or at least may, be subjected to community guidance, that they have to be prayed over by the leadership in conclave. Some communities practice a strict subordination in which the individual’s decisions are handed down to him by […]

Posted on January 18, 2010 at 09:41 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Anxiety In The Church: What’s Your Ministry, Brother?

Above we discussed in passing the young Christian’s search for his Ministry. We did so from the point of view of things making him doubt his conversion, but this can also be classified under the problem of Ascertaining God’s Will. Rather than something you are supposed to do, however, it is a matter of something […]

Posted on January 19, 2010 at 10:22 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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