Half-Representations Are Dangerous

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Hugh Binning, Works, p. 53:

Labour to keep the right and entire representation of God in thy sight; his whole name, strong, merciful, and just; great, good, and holy. I say, keep both in thy view, for half-representations are dangerous, either to beget presumption and security when thou lookest on mercy alone; or despair when thou lookest on justice and power alone. Let thy soul consider all jointly, that it may receive a mixed impression of all. And this is the holy composition and temper of a believer: Rejoice with trembling, love with fear.

Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/showthread.php/88813-Half-representations-are-dangerous, Comment #1

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If the Activity is Conducive to Worship, then it is Lawful

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Here is a great thought from Lane Keister on how to figure out whether or not an activity is pleasing to God on the Sunday Christian Sabbath:

“On what can and cannot be done on the Sabbath, there is endless debate, stretching all the way back to Talmudic times (the Talmud has an entire treatise on the Sabbath). Rather than asking about a specific activity, as to whether or not it is lawful (and usually with the mindset of what the person can get away with), it is more helpful to remember that the rest in view is not simply physical rest, but rather a rest of worshipping the Lord. Therefore, if the activity is conducive to worship, then it is lawful. We cannot ignore the human conscience here either, since an activity that might be conducive for worship to one person may not be conducive to worship for someone else. To take one example, it is certainly wise to let small children let loose some of their excess energy on the Sabbath (contrary to Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Farmer Boy!).  Otherwise, they will not be able to sit still and pay attention in worship. One does not have to take the attitude of Almanzo Wilder’s father in order to have a Puritan view of what is acceptable on the Sabbath! It is certainly a work of necessity to do something about the energy of small children. We must avoid both extremes of legalism and antinomianism here, as well as everywhere in our treatment of the law.”

~”The Sabbath Day and Recreations on the Sabbath: An Examination of the Sabbath and the Biblical Basis for the “No Recreation” Clause in Westminster Confession of Faith 21.8 and Westminster Larger
Catechism 117″ in The Confessional Presbyterian, Volume 5 (2009)

We Cannot Be Bullocks, We Cannot Be Swine

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Charles Spurgeon:

“True Christians need never covet the poor joy of worldlings.”

We cannot fall into the insanity of living with such miserable ends and objects as those which are compassed within the short pale of our existence here below. It has become slavery to us; and I bear witness for myself and for you also, that we do not forsake the pleasures of the world because we think that we are denying ourselves. It is no self-denial to us, for they would not please us.

I have gone by a whole line of sties, and seen the pigs feeding greedily; but I never thought that I was denying myself because I did not feed with them. I never wished to have a law passed that the unclean beasts should not have their swill.

No, let them have it, and as much as they can eat; and we say just the same of the pleasures of the carnal man. We do not envy him that which is so great a relish, it is no self-denial to us to go without it; we have come out of that style of living, and we do not want to go back to it.

When the man says that he is perfectly happy and satisfied, we think, “Just so; no doubt you are, and we have seen many a fat bullock in the field look perfectly content.” But Christians have different pleasures, and higher joys; and we cannot be bullocks, we cannot be swine.

We have been brought out of that kind of merely animal life, we have been lifted up into another and a higher style of living; and it is nothing short of a miracle of the divine hand which has brought us right out of it, so that we have done with it for ever, and loathe it, and could not go back to it under any circumstances whatever.

Old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. The Lord has brought us out of the region of darkness into his marvellous light, and delivered us for ever from the power and dominion of Satan.

~ The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, volume 43, sermon number 2,525, “Joy in place of sorrow.”

Source: http://teampyro.blogspot.ca/2016/06/on-avoiding-pigpen.html

Our Idols Must Be Destroyed

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“God will not wink at sin or gloss over evil doing. Whether He be dealing in judgment with an individual or with a nation, that which has displeased Him must be rectified before there can be a return of His favour. It is useless to pray for His blessing while we refuse to put away that which has called down His curse. It is vain to talk about exercising faith in God’s promises until we have exercised repentance for our sins. Our idols must be destroyed before He will accept our worship.”

~ Arthur Pink, “The Life of Elijah”

Source: https://xmassh8trsblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/13/our-idols-must-be-destroyed/

Mercy Reaches Above Heaven

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Hugh Binning, Works, p. 52:

But, saith the doubting soul, I am exceeding perverse and wicked; there is nothing in me but wickedness. It so abounds in me that there is none like me. But, saith the Lord, I am “abundant in goodness.” Thy wickedness, though it be great, it is but a created wickedness; but my goodness is the goodness of God. I am as abundant in grace and goodness as thou art in sin; nay, infinitely more. Thy sin is but the transgression of a finite creature, but my mercy is the compassion of an infinite God; it can swallow it up. Suppose thy sin cry up to heaven, yet mercy reaches above heaven, and is built up for ever.

Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/showthread.php/88797-The-compassion-of-an-infinite-God, Comment #1

Power To Give Life

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Hugh Binning, Works, p. 49:

O! that is a sweet and ample commission given to our friend and brother, Jesus Christ, – power to repeal sentences passed against us; power and authority to absolve them whom justice hath condemned, and to bless whom the law hath cursed, and to open their mouth to praise whose mouth sin and guiltiness hath stopped; power to give the answer of a good conscience to thy evil self-tormenting conscience! In a word, he hath power to give life, to make alive and heal those who are killed or wounded by the commandment.

Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/showthread.php/88775-A-sweet-and-ample-commission, Comment #1

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Endowments Are To Be Distributed For The Good Of Our Neighbor

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John Calvin, Institutes III.7.5:

Were it the only thing required of us to seek not our own, nature would not have the least power to comply: she so inclines us to love ourselves only, that she will not easily allow us carelessly to pass by ourselves and our own interests that we may watch over the interests of others, nay, spontaneously to yield our own rights and resign it to another. But Scripture, to conduct us to this, reminds us, that whatever we obtain from the Lord is granted on the condition of our employing it for the common good of the Church, and that, therefore, the legitimate use of all our gifts is a kind and liberal communication of them with others. There cannot be a surer rule, nor a stronger exhortation to the observance of it, than when we are taught that all the endowments which we possess are divine deposits entrusted to us for the very purpose of being distributed for the good of our neighbor.

Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/showthread.php/88770-All-our-endowments-are-divine-deposits, Comment #1