S.W.I.M. Up through the Depths with Beowulf

March 31, 2020 at 12:29 pm | Posted in Quotes | Leave a comment
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Soon that great swimmer, who struggled to victory,
Who bested demons in battle, breasted and kicked his way up.
The currents were cleared, the sea creature was gone,
From that watery waste, since the wandering ghoul
Left this life, lost to the world.
He then swam to the shore, that sailor-protector,
Solid in soul, in the spoil rejoicing,
Holding that head, and the hilt of the sword.

From Beowulf, a New Verse Rendering by Douglas Wilson
Twenty-Fifth Fitt, lines 1680-1689

Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord.

Psalm 130:1

The waters saw thee, O God, the waters saw thee; they were afraid: the depths also were troubled.

Psalm 77:16

Douglas Wilson: S.W.I.M. to Get Out of Secularism

October 22, 2018 at 12:49 pm | Posted in II Corinthians, Quotes | 1 Comment
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We are finite, we are sinners, and we are lost. We need a word from God. We need gospel. We need Christ. And you can tell how bumfuzzled we all are in that the Christians are the first group that needs to learn how important Christ is. The evangelicals are the first group that needs to learn that the parliaments of earth need the evangel. We are not going to be able to get secularists out of their secularism until we get out of it. Somebody needs to get all the lifeguards off the bottom of the pool. That would be a good start.

Douglas Wilson

Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.

II Corinthians 6:17

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

Colossians 2:8

Douglas Wilson: S.W.I.M. to be Detestable

March 1, 2018 at 3:09 pm | Posted in I Corinthians, Quotes | 2 Comments
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There is real hope here for the sexual detestable, but it is not to be had for anyone who is indignant over the word detestable. Anyone who is offended when their [sic] sin is called detestable is still a drowning swimmer trying to fight off the lifeguard.

Douglas Wilson

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

I Corinthians 6:9-11

Douglas Wilson: S.W.I.M. to Obey

October 13, 2016 at 12:49 pm | Posted in Quotes | Leave a comment
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As we begin to obey, the Lord may continue to give us more obedience. But in order to wade in from the shallow end of the pool, we do have to get into the pool in the first place.

Douglas Wilson, The Neglected Qualification

Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

Romans 6:16

And Joshua said unto the people, Ye are witnesses against yourselves that ye have chosen you the LORD, to serve him. And they said, We are witnesses. Now therefore put away, said he, the strange gods which are among you, and incline your heart unto the LORD God of Israel. And the people said unto Joshua, The LORD our God will we serve, and his voice will we obey.

Joshua 24:22-24

Douglas Wilson on Why We Must S.W.I.M.

October 13, 2015 at 1:07 pm | Posted in Quotes | 3 Comments
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There are Christians who say that we ought not protest abortion, but rather preach the gospel. We ought not to oppose the official degradation of marriage, but rather preach the gospel. That is like training lifeguards to rescue people without any references to water. That is like watching millions of people drowning in the same ocean, and holding pep rallies on the beach.

And this brings us back to the point about story. The old stories train us to recognize scribes who speak with no authority, lifeguards who never swim out to anybody, cancer surgeons who are scared of scalpels, firemen who never jump on a truck, jet pilots who never scramble, guardians who will not guard, and gospel preachers who keep muttering peace, peace, when there is no peace.

Douglas Wilson

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

Romans 1:16

And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

Jude v. 23

Douglas Wilson’s Turn to “S.W.I.M.”

April 22, 2009 at 8:55 am | Posted in ProfessingAtheists, Quotes | Leave a comment
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You say that you cannot believe that Christ’s death on the Cross was salvation for the world because the idea is absurd. I have shown in various ways that absurdity has not been a disqualifier for any number of your current beliefs. You praise reason to the heights, yet will not give reasons for your strident and inflexible moral judgments, or why you have arbitrarily dubbed certain chemical processes “rational argument.” That’s absurd right now, and yet there you are, holding it. So for you to refuse to accept Christ because it is absurd is like a man at one end of the pool refusing to move to the other end because he might get wet. Given your premises, you will have to come up with a different reason for rejecting Christ as you do.

But for you to make this move would reveal the two fundamental tenets of true atheism. One: There is no God. Two: I hate Him.

Douglas Wilson


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