Deliver Us from Evil
deal with the important distinction between confession and repentance.
DELIVER US FROM EVIL
We implore the mercy of God, not that He may leave us at peace in our vices,
but that He may deliver us from them.
- Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), from Pensees (Thoughts), Part IV: 553,
translated by W. F. Trotter. New York: P. F. Collier, c1910.
The Harvard Classics, v. 48. from the INTERNET MODERN HISTORY SOURCEBOOK
OTHER WORSHIP QUOTES FROM BLAISE PASCAL
[This quote from Pascal is troubling to me because it makes me realize that
far too often I resist the full life-transforming, mind-renewing power of
Christ's love (Romans 12:1-2). Instead, I settle for a way to nicely manage
my sin and weakness and rebellion against God. Our Lord instructed his
disciples to pray "Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil"
Have a great week,
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary