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"If that servant says to himself, 'My master is delayed in coming,' and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants, to eat and drink and get drunk, then that servant's master will come on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour and will punish him severely and assign him a place with the unfaithful. That servant who knew his master's will but did not make preparations nor act in accord with his will shall be beaten severely." (Luke:12:45-47).

Romans 5-6

1 Cor 5

Providentialism: borders on sin of presumption. Jesus teaches us to live in the now, dealing with today's troubles without worrying about those that may come tomorrow; but he also instructs us to gauge the strength of enemy forces and reckon the costs of building a tower before we get started on something we can't finish. Doing a cost-benefit analysis of the decisions we make today is part of living in the present moment.

"Take no thought for the morrow."

An antidote to one spiritual error may precipitate another illness.

Health is in the middle ground, the mean between extremes.

While it is true that nothing we can do can change the reality that God is love and loves us whole-heartedly, it is false that we may do anything we wish without forethought and still have the same relationship with God. The Providentialists are saying yes to the temptation to throw themselves down from a great height in order to prove their confidence that God will provide for all their needs; facing that same temptation, Jesus replied, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’

My students are presumptuous in their defense of contraception and same-sex marriage. "God loves everyone. Therefore, He cannot condemn what anyone does."