[Papercut Press Publishing] 1997-12-30 - The Bonfire of the Vanities

Revelation 3:18, … buy from me Gold refined by fire …”

I did not want to let 1997 pass without commenting on this popular movie. I have not seen the movie, but I know where the phrase comes from.

The phrase “Bonfire of the Vanities” originated in Florence in 1497. That means the phrase is 500 years old this year. The early Reformer, Hieronymus Savonarola, often called, Fra Girolamo, led the Reforms in Florence. The phrase, “The Bonfire of the Vanities”, originates with him when he encouraged the citizens of Florence to burn all books that encouraged vice in the city of Florence. Whatever hollyweed has done with the phrase; this is its origin.

One of Savonarola’s most quotable quotes is, “Your sins make me a prophet”. And here we are, at the end of the year, when we all make resolutions, it is time for a bonfire of our vanities.

“Tonight, tonight, tonight,” is a phrase made popular by the modern rock band, Smashing Pumpkins. And as a true Gen-Xer, I quote them with courage. Tonight, tonight, tonight, God calls us to repentance of our secret sins. Tonight, God calls upon us to examine our hearts. God calls upon us to serve Him faithfully, and with gladness.

My prayer for all of us this new year is that we would indeed have a bonfire of our vanities.

May this coming year bring you joy in the service of Christ our King!!!

Lest we ever think following Christ is an easy road: On April, 7, 1498, Savonarola was tortured, he confessed to whatever the religious authorities told him to confess to, (so great was the torture), he recanted his confession, he was condemned as a heretic, and burned at the stake by the civil authorities. Praise the Lord, His blood still cries out!!!!!!

“Search others for their virtues, yourself for your vices.” B. Franklin

“If you don’t do a great deal of preaching to yourself, you are a very poor kind of Christian …. Self-Examination is the high road to prayer.” D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Soli Deo Gloria,
Tim