Archive for the ‘mortification of sin’ Category

There are two natures that beat within my chest

July 24, 2010

There are two natures that beat within my chest.

One is foul and one is blessed.

The one I love and the other I hate.

But the one I feed will dominate.

author unknown

when I think what I saw at the cross, that will do it; and when I look upon my broidered coat, that will do it; and when I look into the roll that I carry in my bosom, that will do it

December 8, 2009

…when I think what I saw at the cross, that will do it; and when I look upon my broidered coat, that will do it; and when I look into the roll that I carry in my bosom, that will do it; and when my thoughts wax warm about whither I am going, that will do it.

Christian, in Pilgrim’s Progress, on how to fight sin, quoted in Faith Cook, Fearless Pilgrim: The Life and Times of John Bunyan, Evangelical Press, 2008, p.284

if ever I would suffer rightly, I must first pass a sentence of death upon every thing that can be properly called a thing of this life

December 8, 2009

… if ever I would suffer rightly, I must first pass a sentence of death upon every thing that can be properly called a thing of this life, even to reckon myself, my wife, my children, my health, my enjoyment, and all, as dead to me, and myself as dead to them. The second was, to live upon God that is invisible.

John Bunyan on “But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God that raiseth the dead.” 2 Cor. 1: 9.

People will never set their faces decidedly towards heaven and live like pilgrims until they really feel that they are in danger of hell

October 21, 2009

Now I believe the likeliest way to cure and mend…defective… religion is to bring forward more prominently the old scriptural truth about the sinfulness of sin. People will never set their faces decidedly towards heaven and live like pilgrims until they really feel that they are in danger of hell. Let us all try to revive the old teaching about sin in nurseries, in schools, in training colleges, in universities. Let us not forget that “the law is good if we use it lawfully” and that “by the law is the knowledge of sin” (1 Tim. 1:8; Rom. 3:20; 7:7). Let us bring the law to the front and press it on men’s attention. Let us expound and beat out the Ten Commandments and show the length and breadth and depth and height of their requirements. This is the way of our Lord in the sermon on the mount. We cannot do better than follow His plan. We may depend upon it, men will never come to Jesus and stay with Jesus and live for Jesus unless they really know why they are to come and what is their need. Those whom the Spirit draws to Jesus are those whom the Spirit has convinced of sin. Without thorough conviction of sin, men may seem to come to Jesus and follow Him for a season; but they will soon fall away and return to the world.

J.C.Ryle, Holiness, ch.1, ‘Sin’

The Bible will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from the Bible

October 16, 2009

The Bible will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from the Bible.

Dwight L. Moody

You could substitute the reading of the Bible with prayer, good works etc. and the adage works.

I’m not what I ought to be, I’m not what I wish to be, I’m not what I hope to be, but by the grace of God, I’m not what I used to be!

October 4, 2009

I’m not what I ought to be, I’m not what I wish to be, I’m not what I hope to be, but by the grace of God, I’m not what I used to be!

John Newton

Sin dwelleth in us…and one degree prepareth the heart for another, and one sin inclineth the mind to more

October 4, 2009

Sin dwelleth in us…and one degree prepareth the heart for another, and one sin inclineth the mind to more. If one thief be in the house, he will let in the rest; because they have the same disposition and design. A spark is the beginning of a flame; and a small disease may cause a greater. A man who knows himself to be purblind*, should take heed to his feet. Alas! in our hearts, as well as in our hearers, there is an averseness to God, a strangeness to him, unreasonable and almost unruly passions! In us there are, at the best, the remnants of pride, unbelief, self-seeking, hypocrisy, and all the most hateful, deadly sins.

Richard Baxter, Reformed Pastor, p.73

* partly sighted

The essence of evangelical humiliation, consists in a mean esteem of himself, as nothing, and as altogether contemptible and odious, attended with a mortification of a disposition to exalt himself, and a free renunciation of his own glory

September 28, 2009

The essence of evangelical humiliation, consists in such humility as becomes a creature under a dispensation of grace, consisting in a mean esteem of himself, as nothing, and as altogether contemptible and odious, attended with a mortification of a disposition to exalt himself, and a free renunciation of his own glory. — He that has much grace, apprehends, much more than others, that great height to which his love ought to ascend, and he sees better than others how little a way he has risen towards that height, and, therefore, estimating his love by the whole height of his duty, it appears astonishingly little and low in his eyes. —It most demonstratively appears that true grace is of that nature, that the more a person has of it, with remaining corruption, the less does his goodness and holiness appear, in proportion, not only to his past deformity, but to his present deformity, in the sin that now appears in his heart and in the abominable defects of his highest affections and brightest experience.

Jonathan Edwards

Legalism

September 5, 2009

Christians ought not to adorn themselves with jewellery. We understand this to mean the wearing of rings, earrings, necklaces, and bracelets, and showy tie tacks, cuff links and pins–and any other type of jewelry that has as its main function display–is unnecessary and not in harmony with the simplicity and adornment urged by Scripture.

7th Day Adventists Believe, p.287

Due to the influence of Ellen G. White, Adventists refrain from using alcohol, tobacco, coffee, tea, and narcotics. They must not eat certain foods prohibited in the Old Testament, such as pork, ham, and shellfish. Most Adventists follow a vegetarian diet, the rest eat meat sparingly.

Beyond the dietary restrictions, White told Adventists to avoid gambling, card playing, dancing, and attendance at theaters.

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And only certain music styles are good:

Debased music…destroys the rhythm of the soul and breaks down morality. Great care should be exercised in the choice of music. Any melody partaking of the nature of jazz, rock, or related hybrid forms, or any language expressing foolish or trivial sentiments, will be shunned by persons of true culture. Let us use only good music in the home, in the social gathering, in the school, and in the church.

Adventist Church Manual, quote from this source

The above quote appears to be an adaptation of 7th Day Adventists Believe, 1988, p.284

Legalism

September 5, 2009

Sir James Stephen, the son of a member of the Clapham Sect, who became a prominent civil servant in the 1830s, once smoke a cigar and found it so delicious that he never smoked again.

Ian Bradley, The Call to Seriousness, p.28