Friday, March 25, 2011
"Tempted" To Be Good
One of the marks of a certain type of bad man is that he cannot give up a thing himself without wanting every one else to give it up.I am struck that temptation strikes both the pious and the worldly, and that the enemy is capable of using our best impulses against us. We are tempted as Lewis discusses here. We are sorely tempted to make the means of faith the ends of faith. We make the church idol.
That is not the Christian way.
This is one of the ways that the impulses of Evangelicalism goes awry. In its constant outward focus it fails to see the inward damage that is being done. It allows perversion to creep in in a variety of forms.
The church is to evangelize, but it is to do so much more as well.