Spiritual growth in this life

“This life is not godliness, but growth in godliness; not health, but healing; not being, but becoming; not rest, but exercise. We are not now what we shall be, but we are on the way; the process is not yet finished, but it has begun; this is not the goal, but it is [the] road; at present all does not gleam and glitter, but everything is being purified.”  —  Martin Luther

Grace and peace

HT: Cyberbrethren

3 thoughts on “Spiritual growth in this life

  1. WebMonk

    Any particular reason why it is showing “What’s your sex life like?” as a “Possibly related posts: (automatically generated)”? That’s funny!!!

    Anyway, on to my thought, I like how McCain starts his post: “From time to time ….

    I would adjust that to “Virtually all the time ….” In fact, I have watched McCain himself hammer on people who said things about how Christians must “become purer and more unselfish”.

    I have doubts that humans are capable of being balanced beings – we always react strongly toward or away something disproportionately; in opposing some error we will go to the opposite extreme; we crusade against some injustice while committing another.

    The Lutheran groups (at least the conservative ones) have some great strengths, but as humans they react or push too far. Sanctification seems to have been the area that has gotten warped in those cultures. May this posting be taken to heart in his readers!


  2. geochristian

    I have no idea how WordPress came up with “What’s your sex life like?” for a related post.

    I have a lot of admiration for Lutheran theology, and for Paul McCain. He is a bit of a hyper-Lutheran sometime (sort of like hyper-Calvinists: trying to be more Calvinist than Calvin), and the LCMS tends to be rather inward and exclusivistic. But he comes up with some real gems from time to time, so I keep him on my Google Reader.


  3. WebMonk

    Probably the weirdest thing I’ve run across in that “hyper” strain was a hyper-Eastern Orthodox lady. It hit me as hilariously odd at the strength she used to insist certain things were just a mystery outside our ability to understand. Someone trying to explain why something can’t be explained is weird. Not necessarily false, but definitely weird.


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