Cretinism is a condition that arises due to deficiency of thyroid hormones. In this condition, the child becomes mentally challenged. The children who suffer from that condition are called Cretins. The word Cretin literally translates to CHRISTIAN in Swedish and French. I was shocked when I first came across this thing in Older edition of Robbins Pathology.
The reason why they called Christians as cretins in those days is the word Cretin implies “One who Cannot Sin”. Yes, Christians in those days were believed to be Christ-like without any sin or blemish. Though we cannot be perfect in this fallen world, we have to strive to become like Christ. We have to strive to be perfect and Holy by the power of Holy Ghost. This is why Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 11:1 “Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.” This is a Fallen world where now we have teachings that guide us to do as we wish and people who preach Cheap Grace Gospel.
We should remember one thing our God is a Holy God. Hebrews 12:14 “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” We cannot attain a Christ-like holiness but at least let us strive to become Holy this year. Let us not be a laughing stock before others and strive hard to be more Holy and disciplined in this 2018. May God give more Grace to us as we strive. Have an amazing week ahead. God Bless you.
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A Message by –Dr.Mr&Mrs John Wesley