Archive for the ‘worldliness’ Category

He is too delicate who is delighted with his own country only

January 4, 2012

He is too delicate who is delighted with his own country only : He is a courageous man whose own country is the world : But he to whom the whole world is a place of banishment is a saint.

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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.

Worldliness of the Church

August 26, 2009

A 1997 survey of ‘Evangelicals’ claimed that ‘over half of (them) agreed with this statement: “The purpose of life is enjoyment and personal fulfilment”

George Barna quoted in Doug Groothuis, Truth Decay,

A Mark of the Unconverted – love of the world

November 10, 2008

A Mark of the Unconverted

The predominant love of the world. This is the sure evidence of an unsanctified heart. ‘If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him’ (1 John 2:15). But how often does this sin lurk under the fair cover of profession. Yes, such a power of deceit is there in this sin that many times, when everybody else can see the man’s worldliness and covetousness, he cannot see it himself-but has so many excuses and pretenses for his eagerness after the world, that he blinds his own eyes and perishes in his self-deceit! How many professing Christians are there, with whom the world has more of their hearts and affections than Christ, ‘who mind earthly things’, and thereby are evidently after the flesh, and likely to end in destruction (Rom 8:5; Phil 3:19). Yet ask these men, and they will tell you confidently they prize Christ above all; for they do not see their own earthly-mindedness for lack of a strict observance of the workings of their own hearts. Did they but carefully search, they would quickly see that their greatest satisfaction is in the world, and that their greatest care and main endeavor are to get and secure the world-which are the certain signs of an unconverted sinner. May the professing part of the world take earnest heed lest they perish by the hand of this sin unobserved. Men may be, and often are, kept off from Christ as effectually by the inordinate love of lawful comforts, as by the most wicked lives.

Alarm to the Unconverted
Joseph Alleine, 1671