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Another Puritan quote

“Will you trust your five senses above the four Gospels?” – Thomas Adams

This is such a great quote. There are so many folks in the evangelical world who place a high value on experiences. Now the problem arises when those experiences are given a higher priority than scripture or the gospel of Christ. We will all agree that we experience God’s grace and mercy. We experience the joy that can only be provided by God. But these experiences are should never be valued above the gospel or pursued above the gospel. In my opinion, and the opinion among many serious theologians that this is what is wrong with the charismatic movement. The experience is placed in a higher spiritual plane than the basic Gospel of Christ. For we know that our human hearts are wicked and can deceive us. We must weigh everything our senses encounter with the truth of the Gospels. If we trust in the Gospels, and live the answer to the above question with an emphatic no, our path will remain straight, and our theology will remain true.

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2008 in Puritan, quotes, Thomas Adams

 

Another Puritan quote

If a wicked man seems to have peace at death, it is not from the knowledge of his happiness, but from the ingnorance of his danger.

Thomas Watson

Isaiah 55:6 states:

Seek the Lord while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near.

When death comes it is too late. The dead, unrepentant, sinner may seem to be at peace but it is only because he is not there. He has gone on to meet his due reward for not trusting in Jesus Christ. The bible calls this the second death, a total separation from God.

Oh sinner, call on the Lord today. Seek Him while He may be found.

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2008 in Isaiah 55:6, Puritan, quotes, Thomas Watson

 

Who condemns me?

From time to time I will get down on myself for past sins or for just not living up to the expectations I believe, in my own mind, Christ has for me. I am pretty sure many believers experience the same attitude. We, as believers in Jesus Christ, are still flesh and blood and sinners. Come on, you know it’s true. We still sin. I believe that the apostle Paul experienced the same dilemma. Inspired by the Holy Spirit he writes in Romans 7 that he does not understand his own actions. He explains that he does not do what he wants to do, but does the very thing he hates. He goes on to write later that he understands that he is in Christ and the evil he keeps on doing is the sin that still dwells in him.

The other night I was reading some writings by the Puritan Octavius Winslow. He makes some interesting comments on the the very next chapter in Romans. Romans chapter 8 begins with:

1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.

Winslow comments:

This transition between the despondent attitude of chapter 7 and the triumphant language of chapter 8 may seem abrupt and somewhat startling, yet it is perfectly easy, logical, and natural. The perfect law that was delivered by God is what condemns us. The perfect redemption from the condemning law was also delivered up by God in Jesus Christ. For those who trust in Christ for salvation from this condemnation, this death sentence, this future doom have eternal hope. Through Jesus Christ he curse has been removed, the indictment is quashed, and “there is, therefore, now no condemnation.”

So, who or what still condemns me? Winslow again comments:

The freedom of the believer is just what it is declared to be- entire exemption from condemnation. From all which that word of significant and solemn import implies, he is, by his relation to Christ, delivered. Sin does not condemn him, the law does not condemn him, the curse does not condemn him, hell does not condemn him, God does not condemn him.

It is an awesome thing to continue to keep this in mind. We are no longer condemned. I have a dear friend, who has since moved out of state, who used to struggle with the fact that he still sins. I used to point out this Romans 8 verse to him all the time and yet he would still struggle. Please remind other believers and dear Saints of this rich truth. For when we do, we are expressing great love for them. I am so thankful for this scripture and for those in my life who lovingly remind me that nothing and no one condemns me.

Soli Deo Gloria!

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2007 in Octavius Winslow, Puritan, Romans 8:1

 

Another Puritan quote

I found this quote by the Puritan Thomas Hooker under the heading of “A Husband’s Dream”. I liken it better to a “husband’s prayer”, for it is my prayer as a husband to my wife. I pray that God will continue to grace me with such a love for my wife.

The man whose heart is endeared to the woman he loves…dreams of her in the night, hath her in his eye and apprehension when he awakes, museth on her as he sits at the table, walks with her when he travels… She lies in his bosom, and his heart trusts in her, which forceth all to confess that the stream of his affection, like a mighty current, runs with full tide and strength.

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2007 in husband's prayer, marriage, Puritan, quotes, Thomas Hooker

 

Another Puritan quote

“Without the heart it is no worship. It is a stage play. It is an acting of a part without being that person, really. It is playing the hypocrite.”

STEPHEN CHARNOCK

I have to consider this. Is my heart fully into the worship of my God? Do I act it out at times? Am I playing the hypocrite? These questions and more bubble to the surface as I ponder the words of this Puritan. How often do I let the circumstances of life interfere with my devotion to the Lord God Almighty? More than I would care to ponder anymore. The Puritans had such a way of self-conviction. Note to self: BarryDean; Worship the Lord with all of your heart, mind, and strength. I pray the same for you.

Soli Deo Gloria!

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2007 in Puritan, quotes, Stephen Charnock

 

Another Puritan quote

“He who prays as he ought will endeavour to live as he prays.”

JOHN OWEN

This quote is truly a challenge and conviction for me. Do we pray as if we are content? Do we live our lives in such a way that it reflects a lack of trust in God? Do we trust that He is sovereign, and do we live like He is? Most of us pray as if we believe God is sovereign but when it comes to the other aspects of our life is this the same case? This statement by John Owen is so profound. Our prayer life and the life that we live should be the same.

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2007 in John Owen, Puritan, quotes

 

Puritan prison ministry

As I was reading through biographical information about certain Puritans today, I came across an encouraging moment in the life of Puritan William Perkins (1558 -1602). Perkins is a little known Puritan and only lived to be 44 years of age but he made quite an impact in the jails of Cambridge, England. After his conversion Perkins became a very strong exponent of Calvinism and always cared for the those who were in spiritual need. There was one thing in particular from the biography of William Perkins that stuck out for me and that was an incident in the jails of Cambridge. The incident follows:

He is said to have encountered a young condemned prisoner who was terrified not so much of death as of the impending judgment of God. The Puritan preacher knelt beside him to “show what the grace of God can do to strengthen thee.” He showed him that Christ is the means of salvation by the grace of God and urged him with tears to believe in Him and experience the remission of sins. The youth did so and was able to face his execution with composure, a glorious display of God’s sovereign grace.

A sympathetic Calvinist, who would’ve thought? I don’t know how accurate this story is but it does indicate the heart of a man who knew the glorious grace and mercy of God. In his early adult years and prior to conversion Perkins spent his days as a drunkard. One day he overheard a mother scolding her child and used Perkins’ name as a means to influence the correct behavior of the child. He was deeply hurt by the thought of someone in the community using his name as a byword. It eventually led to his conversion. He knew full well that if not by the grace of God he would’ve ended up a prisoner like the very ones he was ministering to. I also know that only by he grace of God that saved me I could’ve ended up in the same places. This may be the reason God has given me a heart for the men in jail as well.

Please pray for the souls in prison and for those who go into the prisons. Pray that they would be bold to share gospel and that those whom by God’s grace are saved would also be bold to share their experiences with other inmates. And that they in turn would be bold to preach the gospel to their fellow inmates.

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2007 in Prison Ministry, Puritan, William Perkins

 

Another puritan quote

Today I found a great quote from puritan William B. Sprague.

Impress the young convert from the very beginning with the conviction that God has called him into His kingdom to struggle with the corruptions of his heart.

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2007 in Puritan, quotes, William B. Sprague