Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Every Man a Theologian

“Every man is a theologian; it does not matter that his soul is covered with more blemishes than can be counted. The result is that these innovators find an abundance of men to join their factions. So ambitious, self-elected men divide the government of the churches among themselves, and reject the authority of the Holy Spirit. The ordinances of the Gospel have been thrown into confusion everywhere for lack of discipline; the jostling for high positions is incredible, as every ambitious man tries to thrust himself into high office. The result of this lust for power is that wild anarchy prevails among the people; the exhortations of those in authority are rendered utterly void and unprofitable, since every man in his arrogant delusion thinks that it is more his business to give orders to others than to obey anyone himself.” --St. Basil the Great (From his tract On the Holy Spirit)


George Patsourakos said...

Unfortunately, man has become, for the most part, a power-seeking self-centered individual with little if any time used to pray to God.

Alice C. Linsley said...

Sad, but true.