The Worship Quote of the Week for (01/18/2005):

Lunatic, Liar, or Lord?
Today’s WORSHIP QUOTE sets forth one of the strongest arguments against the modern-day notion that Jesus was merely a great moral teacher. The author is C. S. Lewis, a scholar and author who came to faith in Jesus Christ rather late in life. He went on to be one of the most effective Christian apologists of the last century.

A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic—on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg—or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.

— C. S. Lewis, in MERE CHRISITIANITY (New York: Macmillan, 1952), p. 56.

[Jesus came as the God/Man! When Jesus spoke, God was speaking. Take another look at Philippians 2:5-11—“that at the name of Jesus . . ..”

Have a great week,

Chip Stam
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Louisville, Kentucky

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