Hugh Binning (Treatise of Christian Love), Works, p. 534:
What is it in another that offends me, when if I do search within, I will not either find the same, or worse, or as evil in myself? Is there a mote in my brother’s eye? Perhaps there may be a beam in my own; and why then should I look to the mote that is in my brother’s eye? Matt. 7:3. When I look inwardly, I find a desperately wicked heart, which lodges all that iniquity I beheld in others. And if I be not so sensible of it, it is because it is also deceitful above all things, and would flatter me in mine own eyes, Jer. 17:9. If my brother offend me in some things, how do these vanish out of sight in the view of my own guiltiness before God, and of the abominations of my own heart, known to his holiness and to my conscience? Sure I cannot see so much evil in my brother as I find in myself. I see but his outside. But I know my own heart; and whenever I retire within this, I find the sea of corruption so great, that I wonder not at the streams which break forth in others. But all my wonder is that God hath set bounds to it in me or in any.
I think every man almost entertains this secret persuasion in his breast, – that his nature may be weak, yet it is not wicked; it may be helped with education, and care, and diligence, and dressed till it please God, and profit others. Who is persuaded in heart that he is an enemy to God, and cannot be subject to God’s law? Who believes that his “heart is desperately wicked?” Oh! it is indeed “deceitful above all things;” and in this most deceitful, that it persuades you ye have a good heart to God.
“Social Government has removed our foundations, the Love of God (Messiah the Prince) the Ten Commandments, and asked God to leave as it makes law. And now they expect evil to bow and be restrained to them as a foundation? These men don’t understand evil nor do they know their own depths of depravity.”
Only one point of Calvinism need be true for the rest to fall into place. What I mean is, ULIP follows from the T. The Scriptural evidence and support for T is overwhelming, and many of the peeps in denial are biblical errantists and or deny Sola Scriptura. Though others could do a better job of demonstrating, I will attempt to bring attention to some of the connections between all of the five points.
In any society, only two forces hold the sinful nature in check: the restraint of conscience or the restraint of the sword. The less that citizens have of the former, the more the state must employ the latter.
~ Charles Colson and Nancy Pearcey, How Now Shall We Live? (Tyndale, 1999), p. 191
“Utopianism can be maintained only by a kind of willful blindness to the reality of human sin. But when we succumb to that blindness, we lose the capacity to deal with sin, and in the end, we actually compound its effects. Therein lies the greatest paradox of all attempts to deny the Fall: In denying sin and evil, we actually unleash its worst powers.”
~ Charles Colson and Nancy Pearcey, How Now Shall We Live? (Tyndale, 1999), p. 183