Tag Archive | Worldliness

The Chain of Life

Hugh Binning, Works, p. 208:

Broad chain closeupYou must retire, my beloved, and disengage from the love of other things, or you cannot love Christ; and if you love not Christ, you cannot have peace with the Father: and if you have not that peace, you cannot have life. This is the chain of life; the first link begins at the divorcement of all former loves and beloved idols: once the soul must be loosed in desire and delight, and that link must be fastened upon the most lovely and desirable object, Christ, the Desire of the nations; and this draws along another link of peace and life with it. Do not mistake it, religion would not hinder or prejudice your lawful business in this world: O, it were the most compendious way to advance it, with more ease to your souls! But certainly it will teach you to exchange the love of these things for a better and more heart-contenting love.

Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/showthread.php/89281-The-chain-of-life, Comment 1

We Cannot Be Bullocks, We Cannot Be Swine

Baboy Ramo

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

God is Our Portion

Thomas Manton on Philippians 3:3:

DUJARDIN Karel St Paul Healing the Cripple at LystraBehold the difference between carnal men and the children of God; the world is their portion, and God is ours; and who is better provided for? More especially we are told, 1 Tim. 4:8, that ‘Godliness hath the promises of this life, and that which is to come.’ Heaven and earth are laid at the feet of godliness; what would you more? Surely we have full consolation offered to us in the promises of the gospel; he can want nothing to his comfort who hath an interest in them. To instance in the lowest blessings, those which concern this life: God is our God, that can cure all diseases, overcome all enemies, supply all wants, deliver in all dangers, and will do it so far as is for our good; and desires of anything beyond this are not to be satisfied, but mortified, Psalm 84:11.

(Works 2:32)

Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/f36/feet-godliness-85686/, Comment #1

Keep Them As Clothes, Not As Skin

In front of the Ambigu Theatre, 1861Elias Pledger (Puritan Sermons, I:326):

Affliction is the reducing thee to God, and the ungluing, disengaging, and divorcing thee from a carnal, worldly interest: therefore, minus gaudebis, minus dolebis, “the less thou joyest, the less thou ruest;” the less thou layest a world-interest near thy heart, the less that affliction which is the parting work will go to thy heart; therefore let all creature-comforts and advantages be loose about thee as thy clothes, which thou mayest easily lay aside; and not as thy skin, which cannot be pulled off without great torture.

Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/showthread.php/87831-Keep-Creature-comforts-Loose, Comment #1

A Changed Mind and a Changed Life

Karl Friedrich Lessing, German - The Robber and His Child - Google Art Project

Brian Schwertley:

“You must understand that when a person is regenerated (i.e., born again; see Jn. 3:3)4 and has true saving faith in Jesus Christ, he or she will repent of their past sinful lifestyle. True repentance involves a change of mind that results in a change of life. You see that your past life without Christ was lived in selfish vanity. You see that you were serving your sinful lusts rather than Jesus Christ. You see your sins as God sees them: evil, wicked, debauched, vain and hurtful to man and God. You are thoroughly convicted in heart and soul to put off these wicked activities (e.g., drunkenness, drug abuse, premarital sex, lying, theft, fraud, adultery, hatred, envy) and to replace them with activities that glorify and please God (e.g., Christian marriage, restitution, prayer, honest business practices, love, peace, kindness, etc.). God wants you to produce good fruit for His kingdom. True repentance will even involve laying aside evil, God-hating friends and replacing them with godly, Christian friends. True repentance cares more about what God says (in His word) and thinks than what your so-called friends think. “I say to you, whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God. But he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God” (Lk. 12:8-9). “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever” (1 Jn. 2:15-17).”

~”A Summary of the Christian Worldview”

Read more: http://www.reformedonline.com/uploads/1/5/0/3/15030584/a_summary_of_the_christian_worldview.pdf

Appalling Apostasy

Tissot The Golden Calf

Herman C. Hoeksema (PRCA):

“Judged in the light of these marks, that ecclesiastical scene today is, negatively, one of appalling apostasy. One need not look far afield to notice this. Look at the Reformed scene, at those who are generally classified as belonging yet to the tradition of the Reformation. There is tremendous doctrinal apostasy, frequently under the guise of theological freedom: all kinds of error is increasingly tolerated and allowed to go unpunished and unrebuked, while what has always been the faith of our fathers is lightly set aside. There is apostasy as to the preaching: preaching as proclamation of the pure doctrine of the gospel, expository preaching, has largely become a rare article. Topical preaching, moralism, the social gospel are the replacements. Besides, people become tired of preaching and busy themselves with devising new and glamorous substitutes for the simple and pure preaching of the Word of God — hippy services, dialogues, dramas, modern, revisionistic liturgicalism, and every new and different thing imaginable. Then, too, there is the encroachment of the ecumenical movement, at the expense of true unity and at the expense of the truth of the gospel. Or there is the modern striving after the so-called ‘de-institutionalization’ of the church: the cry that the church must break out of its instituted form, the cry that the church must ‘be where the action is,’ the emphasis on ‘doing’ rather than ‘believing.’ In brief, there are all kinds of adjustments and adaptations today which have but one goal: to make the church according to man and pleasing to man.

Along with all this, there is decay and degradation as to the very standards of Christian living. The keys of the kingdom are no more employed, or they are totally corrupted. Regardless of the requirements of faith and repentance, of uprightness in doctrine and walk, anyone is welcomed into the membership of the churches. The table of the Lord is opened to all, and thereby profaned. The Sabbath is desecrated. The church pews become empty. Members of the church seek their enjoyment elsewhere. They become friends of the world, singing and dancing and carousing with the world, speaking and acting and looking like the world. Christian morality and sanctification according to the precepts of the Lord have become old-fashioned, and the devilishness of situation-ethics has found its way into the church. Church and world, believer and unbeliever, light and darkness, Christ and Belial, are made to walk hand in hand in almost every sphere of human life. For the most part, that which calls itself church today presents but a sad caricature of the holy, catholic church of Christ.”

Read more: http://www.prca.org/resources/publications/pamphlets/item/631-the-marks-of-the-true-church

What Good is Such Learning?

John Knox statue, Haddington“But I did tell those learned men–and learned they are, far beyond my education–What good is such learning? I told them, if it keeps you from learning the truth of God’s Word?  Better to be simple and foolish and correct than to be learned and wise in the eyes of the world, and yet so wrong that ye are consigned to everlasting hell!”

~a fictional John Knox in Crown of Fire by Craig & Janet Parshall, page 141-142