From the Comfort of My De-Uprighter

From time to time my mind is prone to wander—times like a blowout football game (Texans 31—Bengals 10). So from the comfort of my chair, I began to ponder its nomenclature—why is it called a recliner?
After a little research, I discovered that incline, recline and decline are forms of the word cline with different prefixes added. Cline comes from the Latin verb clino (to slope, incline, bend).

The word incline is used in reference to something that deviates in an upward fashion from a horizontal plane. It is also used as an attitude of the mind, such as: I’m inclined to say . . .

Does this mean that if you are inclined to say something and want to take it back you have to decline it?

Now to the more important question: Why is my chair called a recliner? When I sit in it, I’m in an upright position. The prefix re means again. If I’ve never clined in the first place, how can I do again what I’ve never done?

Since I’m seated in an upright position, perhaps a different designation is in order. Would it be more accurate to rename my recliner a de-uprighter—down-right confusing isn’t it?

I’ve put a confusing twist on a couple of words to illustrate the approach used by people who want to pervert the gospel of Christ (Galatians 1:6-9). A common tactic is to take a little truth, mix it with their error, and spin it into a false teaching.

Another deceptive measure and common feature is to insist their message came directly from an angel. I find their angelic incursion to be a devilish diversion. Paul specifically warned about the role of angels in the Galatians passage above, and in other places he said that even Satan presents himself as an angle of light.

Solmon said that a word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver (Proverbs 25:11). If someone is inclined to paint a new picture of an old doctrine, you may want to take a close look–it could be a counterfeit.

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