Sunday, June 26, 2022

More about that disciplinarian

Last Sunday we listened to a passage from Galatians in which St. Paul wrote that we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian (the Law), and I argue that now we are held to a higher standard, and that we must be cautious when people say that they are being led the Holy Spirit to preach and to do things that are contrary to the Holy Scripture. 

This Sunday we heard a passage further along in Galatians that should put the nail in the coffin to any innovation that attempts to create a new "fruit of the Spirit".

Galatians 5:1,13-25

For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

For you were called to freedom, brothers; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love become slaves to one another. For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ If, however, you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.

Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law. Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, envy (and murder), drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.

"What the flesh desires is opposed by the Spirit" pretty much sums it up.

Today's society lives to satisfy the desires of the flesh. 

It should not be the desire of the Church to try to satisfy such desires.


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