If you aren’t familiar with Justin Taylor’s site you should acquaint yourself with it. There is always good stuff there. Today he posted a link to Rick Phillips who writes about the recent revelation of Mother Teresa’s spiritual despair and emptiness as she ministered to the poor in Calcutta, India. The recent release Come Be My Light will only further solidify Teresa’s saintly status among Roman Catholics, but raise many more questions about her in the minds of evangelicals.

Here is an excerpt of a lesson learned from the revelations of Mother Teresa’s spiritual darkness: “…I would suggest that Mother Teresa’s testimony should turn us away from the path of subjective spiritual experiences and urge us back to the life of faith in God’s Word. Like her, we should long for the presence of Christ in our lives. But unlike the soon-to-be-sainted yet truly tragic Mother Teresa, let us seek Christ where He is found. Paul explained: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?'” (that is, to bring Christ down) or “Who will descend into the abyss?'” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim)” (Rom. 10:6-8). Paul tells us to seek Christ in the Word of God. For as our faith rests on God’s Word and trusts in the promises of his gospel, we gain Christ and His light shines in our hearts.”

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