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Thursday, June 02, 2005

So-called spirit

"And when He has said that, He breathed on them, and said unto them, Receive the Holy Ghost."

What spirit is leading us? Time does not change much and Lancelot Andrewes makes that clear in a sermon on the Holy Spirit and our receiving of Him. He says,

"And are there not in the world somewhere, some such as will receive none, admit of at no hand no other Holy Ghost but their own ghost, and the idol of their own conceit, the vision of their own heads, the motions of thier own spirits, and if you hit not on that is there in their hearts, reject it, be it what it will; that make their breasts the sactuary; that in effect say with the Donatist, 'that they will have holy is Holy,' and nothing else? Men, as the Apostles speaks of them, causeless puffed up with their fleshly mind? If it makes to swell, then it is but wind, the Spirit doth it not; [the Spirit] inspires, not puff up."

And I know not how, but as if Christ's mouth were stopped and His breath like to fail Him, the world begins to fare as if they had got a new mouth to draw breath from; to govern the Church as if spiritus Praetorii would do things better than Spiritus Sanctuarii, and man's law become the best means to teach the fear of God, and to guide religion by. In vain then is all this act of Christ's; He might have kept His breath to Himself. But it will not so be. When all is done, the Spirit must come from the Word, and the Holy Ghost from Christ's mouth, That must do this, govern the Church. Thither we must for Sanctum, even to the Sanctuary, and to no other place.


Again, what spirit is leading us?

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