Tod Worner Nails It

Loving Francis, Missing Benedict sums it up perfectly. I do not get the sort of mind that feels a perpetual itch to pit them against each other and demand we choose. The only sense I can make of it comes from Galatians: “Now the works of the flesh are plain: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger, selfishness, dissension, party spirit, 21 envy, * drunkenness, carousing, and the like. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” (Galatians 5:19-21)

Happily, Paul prescribes a remedy for this:

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. …[I]f you are led by the Spirit you are not under the law. …But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law. 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 walk by the Spirit. Let us have no self-conceit, no provoking of one another, no envy of one another. (Galatians 5:16, 18, 22-25)

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  • Jared Clark

    Unfortunately, there’s a couple of comments that miss the “loving Francis” part (because the media misquotes him and he sent a message to a Pentecostal gathering). Similarly, St. Paul should not have evangelized the gentiles and definitely should not have written to churches regarding a unity of faith. And don’t even get me started on that Jesus guy. Didn’t he realize how easy it is to quote-mine that whole “judge not” thing?

    Whatever happened to trusting in God? The gates of Hell aren’t going to prevail, people!