Saturday, April 15, 2017


On Good Friday, the Wartburg women post about how much God loves His children and that the emphasis of Easter is not the forgiveness of sinful men [ and they do mean men - not women - dryly ] but how much we are loved by God.

Now there is nothing new in this and many, many others [ including the dreaded Calvinists ] have made this argument.

But, this is Wartburgwatch after all and their number one priority is NOT to assure its readership that God loves them;   no, no, no, - their number one priority is to blast the conservative theologians who would dare suggest, as Kevin De Young does,  that Easter is about the forgiveness of sinful men that we might be in a right relationship to a righteous and holy God.

How Dare he - dryly.

Interestingly enough;
Men and women actually look at their sinfulness differently.  Men have and do, on occasion, commit suicide due to their horror of their own sinfulness?  Women?  That almost never appears to be the case.

I think men are more likely to be horrified by the evil that resides within them then women.  If you ask a man how he is sinful; he can generally spell it out in great detail.  Women seem less inclined to view their sins with despair.  Are women less sinful then men?  Absolutely not.  But men and women clearly have a different view of personal righteousness/sinfulness - IMHO.

And then there's this;

Luke 18:9-14New International Version (NIV)

The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’
13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’
14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

I think the majority of TWW commenters might be less than impressed by the sinner who pounded his chest and begged for God mercy versus the Pharisee who made a comparison and found the sinner wanting.  After all, the sinner was basically spouting "worm theology." The T.W.W. blog queens would not approve.

FYI - a paraphrase from a book I read many, many years ago - profound opening statement went something like this.

Mankind is both the glory and the scum of the earth -  how much is the glory and how much the scum?

[ more to come - I'm at work on this very early yet splendid Saturday morning.  ]

[ For those of you who would like to accuse me of stealing from the company by writing this post and on company time; I'm actually a contractor.  They only pay me if I produce something so it's no skin off their nose if I chose to write a post versus produce a report - for which I am paid.   So there]

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