Archive for the ‘Ten Commandments’ Category

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’

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I lusted to thieve, and did it, compelled by no hunger, nor poverty…For I stole that, of which I had enough, and much better

October 16, 2009

…I lusted to thieve, and did it, compelled by no hunger, nor poverty…For I stole that, of which I had enough, and much better. Nor cared I to enjoy what I stole, but joyed in the theft and sin itself. A pear tree there was near our vineyard, laden with fruit, tempting neither for colour nor taste. To shake and rob this, some lewd young fellows of us went, late one night…and took huge loads, not for our eating, but to fling to the very hogs, having only tasted them. And this, but to do what we liked only, because it was misliked. Behold my heart, O God, behold my heart, which Thou hadst pity upon in the bottom of the bottomless pit. Now, behold, let my heart tell Thee what it sought there, that I should be gratuitously evil, having no temptation to ill, but the ill itself. It was foul, and I loved it; I loved to perish, I loved mine own fault, not that for which I was faulty, but my fault itself. Foul soul, falling from Thy firmament to utter destruction; not seeking aught through the shame, but the shame itself!

Augustine, Confessions, 2.4.

You can’t tell me how to be or what to do

September 26, 2009

You can’t tell me how to be or what to do.

Caprice, model, Channel 4, The New Ten Commandments, 26.2.5

Those she are addressing would include God, I presume.

Is the sign there to spoil your fun or save your life?

September 4, 2009

Rico Tice was on the beach with John Chapman in Australia and wanted to swim. But a sign said: ‘Sharks – No Swimming.’ Yet still Rico Tice wanted to swim. Chappo asked him, ‘Is the sign there to spoil your fun or save your life?’

The law of God appears to rob us of pleasures we desire – but it functions, amongst other things, to protect us from our own folly.

Ignorance of the law is no good excuse

September 4, 2009

ignorance of the law is no good excuse, where every man is bound to take notice of the laws to which he is subject.

Hobbes, Leviathan, ch.25, 2

God’s Laws Inconvenience Our Chosen Lifestyle

September 4, 2009

Most people I’ve represented, if they were aware of the 10 Commandments, would have chosen to ignore them, because it spoils the things they most enjoy in life.

Max Clifford, publisher

(on the Commandments)

You’ve got to rewrite it – it’s a flawed product.

John Hegarty, Creative Director, BBH Advertising

The flaw, though, is in us. “the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.” Rom.7.12