We have to acknowledge that the internet is a much more powerful force than television. It can be used by anyone on a number of devices, for anything at all. It is much more flexible than TV. It also has an enormous amount of smut available, much more than TV. It was foolish optimism that got us into trouble with TV. And yet it was precisely the television set that swept away the Christian culture in the West.
It is important that we are not naive about the internet as we were naive about the television set. 90% of young people, beginning at age 8 up to age 17 have already seen pornography, mostly while doing homework, or at least that is what they said they were doing.
Out of the seven capital sins, the most dangerous one is pride for two reasons. First, Pride disrupts your thinking. It makes you do things which are stupid, and it makes you do things which are evil more than any of the other sins. The second problem is that you don’t notice it or feel it. Pride doesn’t move the passions like the other capital sins, which makes it a quiet, spiritual poison.
Sermon based on the parable of the Pharisee and the Publican (Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, Luke 18:9-14) – Pride is a very dangerous thing, a very destructive thing. But it’s not an obvious thing. It’s the most dangerous of the seven Capital sins.
Sermon based on the Gospel for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost (Matthew 7:15-21) – Our Lord’s lesson is very plain: If the tree is a good tree, it makes fruit, but otherwise, it doesn’t produce anything good. And so it is with people. There are good kinds and there are bad kinds. Good people do good things, and bad people do not. Sometimes people can be confusing on the outside, but what they do shows you what they are.