Tuesday, June 9, 2009, 09:47 AM
Diana Learned recently posted this reminder of the transient nature of human institutions on Facebook. At seminary, we studied the life cycle of Christian denominations and it looked very similar.

The Cycle of Nations

"From bondage to spiritual faith.
From spiritual faith to great courage.
From courage to liberty.
From liberty to abundance.
From abundance to selfishness.
From selfishness to complacency.
From complacency to apathy.
From apathy to dependency.
From dependency back again into bondage."

--Sir Alex Fraser Tyler, A Scottish jurist and historian.

Doesn't this also sound like a believer who gradually moves from freedom in Christ to slavery to self again? What if the Galatian experience is not rare, but in one form or another is almost universal?


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