Sermon: The Unspoken Commandment

“The Unspoken Commandment”

(August 19, 2012) Pushed into a corner by what the Pharisees think is a clever question, Jesus names the most important commandments: to love God with all we have, and to love others as much as we love ourselves. Many of us recognize the important spiritual aspects of doing each, but hidden in those words is an invitation to something much more challenging, and no less holy– to love ourselves as deeply and tenderly as we are called to love others. (Matthew 22:34-46)

2 thoughts on “Sermon: The Unspoken Commandment”

  1. I read the comments you posted on what you believe.
    How do you justify your church oaths and reciting of the creeds, that are foundational to the Christian Church, with your personal opinions?

    The Apostles Creed clearly affirms the bodily resurrection of Christ.
    Blood atonement, which you say you do not believe in, is foundational to the faith.

    I am sure and without any question of mind, Wesley never extended or broadened reason and liberty to include that theology as acceptable in the mind of the Methodist.
    I shall show, that the resurrection of the self-same body that died, contains nothing in it incredible or impossible.

    But before I do this, it may be proper to mention some of the reasons upon which this article of our faith is built.

    1. The plain notion of a resurrection requires, that the self-same body that died should rise again. Nothing can be said to be raised again, but that very body that died. If God give to our souls at the last day a new body, this cannot be called the resurrection of our body; because that word plainly implies the fresh production of what was before.

    2. There are many places of Scripture that plainly declare it. St. Paul, in the 53d verse of this chapter, tells us that “this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” [1 Cor. 15:53] Now, by this mortal, and this corruptible, can only be meant, that body which we now carry about with us, and shall one day lay down in the dust.

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