Archive for the ‘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.

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Christians ‘disagree’ with God’s Word

November 10, 2009

In a recent survey of professing Christians Q14 asked if they agree or disagree with the statement: “There is no one righteous, there is no one who does good, there is no one who seeks God”. Here are the astonishing results:

14. There is no one righteous, there is no one who does good, there is no one who seeks God (Rom. 3:10-12) Agree 31% (15% Strongly agree; 16% somewhat agree) Disagree 67% (22% disagreed; 45% strongly disagreed) Unsure 2%

Facts about the Survey
This multiple choice survey was distributed at a Franklin Graham evangelism and Christian music event in St. Louis, Aug 2nd, 2009. A total of 92 people participated (45% male, 55% female). 57% were teens between 13 and 19, 29% were adults between 20 and 40, and 14% were adults over 40.

http://www.whitehorseinn.org/images/whisurvey2009.pdf

I see the better course and approve of it; I follow, alas! the worse!

October 19, 2009

I see the better course and approve of it; I follow, alas! the worse!

OVID,

Publius Ovidius Naso (20 March 43 BC – AD 17 or 18), known as Ovid in the English-speaking world, was a Roman poet who wrote about love, seduction, and mythological transformation. As a slave to sensuality he ruined his career.

we can neither cure nor endure our vices.

Livy

men love their vices, and hate them at one and the same time.

Seneca

The harlot, the liar, the murderer, are short of it but so are you. Perhaps they stand at the bottom of a mine, and you on the crest of the Alps; but you are as little able to touch the stars as they are

October 16, 2009

The harlot, the liar, the murderer, are short of it but so are you. Perhaps they stand at the bottom of a mine, and you on the crest of the Alps; but you are as little able to touch the stars as they are.

Bishop Moule, in Stott, Romans, p.109

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.

The south Indians have a monkey trap which consists of a hollowed out coconut chained to a stake. The coconut has some rice inside which can be grabbed through the small hole

October 16, 2009

The south Indians have a monkey trap which consists of a hollowed out coconut chained to a stake. The coconut has some rice inside which can be grabbed through the small hole. The hole is big enough so the monkey’s hand can go in, but too small for his fist with rice to come out. The monkey reaches in and is suddenly trapped — by nothing more than his own rigidity. He can’t revalue the rice. He cannot see that freedom without rice is more valuable than capture with it.

Robert Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, p.316

We hold on to sin and are destroyed by its (hidden) consequences. But there is an escape – to let go of the sin.

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

And this vileness that at present does so much swallow up our youth…

October 4, 2009

I have often marvelled at our youth, and said in my heart, What should be the reason that they should be so generally debauched as they are at this day? For they are now amazingly profane; and sometimes I have thought one thing and sometimes another; that is, why God should suffer it so to be. At last I have thought this: How if the God whose ways are past finding out should suffer it so to be now that he might make of some of them the more glorious saints hereafter? I know sin is of the devil, but it cannot work in the world without permission… it would not be the first time God has caught Satan in his own design. For my part, I believe that the time is at hand that we shall see better saints… than we have seen in many a day. And this vileness that at present does so much swallow up our youth is one cause of my thinking so; for out of them… when God puts forth his hand, as of old, you shall see what penitent ones, what trembling ones, and what admirers of grace, will be found to profess the gospel, to the glory of God by Christ.

John Bunyan, writing in the 17th century.

Running to and from God at the same time

September 8, 2009

The religious and moral life of man is man’s achievement, but also God’s wrestling with him; it manifests a receptivity to God, but at the same time an inexcusable disobedience and blindness to God…Man seeks God and at the same time flees from Him in His seeking, because his self-assertive self-centredness of will, his root- sin, always breaks through.

Hendrik Kraemer, The Christian Message, p.112

man himself is mankind’s greatest danger

September 7, 2009

It is becoming more and more obvious that it is not starvation, not microbes, not cancer, but man himself who is mankind’s greatest danger because he has no adequate protection against psychic epidemics, which are infinitely more devastating in their effect than the greatest natural catastrophes.

Carl Gutav Jung