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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

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The nature of man is evil

September 12, 2009

the nature of man is evil, and whatever good appears in it is the result of cultivation.

Hsun Tsu/ Xun Zi (ca. 312–230 BC), Chinese philosopher

The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. Genesis 6.5