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prov·o·ca·tion - something that provokes, arouses, or stimulates. pant - to long eagerly; yearn. a collection of thoughts intended to provoke and inspire. these posts are hoping to encourage people to think, especially Christians, and pant even harder for the waterbrooks of the Lord. If you are not a believer in Christ Jesus, I welcome your perspective and encourage your investigation on these matters.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Blurbs from Brooks on Hypocrisy

Thomas Brooks (1608-1680) is the author of several great Puritan books, not the least of which is Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices. These quotes are from his sermon "Hypocrites and Christ" in vol. 3 of The Works of Thomas Brooks (Banner of Truth Trust). An hypocrite always makes himself the end of all his service; but let such hypocrites know, that though their profession be never so glorious and their duties never so abundant, yet their ends being selfish and carnal, all their pretensions and performances are but beautiful abominations in the sight of God. God may possibly be at the higher end of his [the hypocrite] work, but self is at the further end; for he that was never truly cast out of himself, can have no higher end than himself. He that commonly, habitually, in all his duties and services, proposes to himself no higher ends than the praises of men or rewards of men, or the stopping the mouth of natural conscience, or only to avoid a smarting rod, or merely to secure himself from the wrath to come, he is an hypocrite. Non-submission to the righteousness of Christ keeps Christ and the hypocrite asunder. Christ will never love nor like to put the fine, clean, white linen of His own righteousness upon the old garment, the old rags of an hypocrite's duties (Rev. 19:7,8). An hypocrite may be willing to embrace Christ as a priest to save him from wrath, from the curse, from hell, from everlasting burning, but he is never sincerely willing to embrace Christ as a prophet to teach and instruct him, and a king to rule and reign over him. Many hypocrites may be willing to receive Christ Jesus, [who] are not willing to receive a Lord Jesus. They may be willing to embrace a saving Christ, but they are not willing to embrace a ruling Christ, a commanding Christ. Hypocrites love to share with Christ in His happiness, but they don't love to share in His holiness. They are willing to be redeemed by Christ, by they are not cordially willing to submit to the laws and government of Christ. They are willing to be saved by His blood, but they are not willing to submit to His scepter. Hypocrites love the privileges of the gospel, but they don't love the services of the gospel, especially those that are most inward and spiritual. An hypocrite is all for a saving Christ, for a sin-pardoning Christ, for a soul-glorifying Christ, but regards not a ruling Christ, a reigning Christ, a commanding Christ, a sanctifying Christ; and this at last will prove his damning sin (John 3:19-20). An hypocrite cannot mourn for sin as sin, nor grieve for sin as sin, nor hate sin as sin, nor make head against sin as sin . . . He that fears sin for hell, fears not to sin but to burn, but he hates sin indeed who hates sin as hell itself. An hypocrite may be troubled for sin as it blots his name, and wounds his conscience, and brings a scourge, and destroys his soul, and shuts him out of heaven, and throws him to hell. But he is never troubled for sin, he never mourns for sin, he never hates sin because it is contrary to the nature of God, the being of God, the Law of God, the glory of God, the design of God, or because of the evil that is in the nature of sin, or because of the defiling and polluting power of sin. Sound words. Sobering thoughts . . .

2 Comments:

Blogger contraddict said...

whats the conscience ?

9/20/2005 04:57:00 AM

 
Blogger Timmy said...

Pooja,

I am sure that there much more refined and thorough definitions than the one I am about to give you, but maybe it will help.

The conscience is the innate sense of knowing right from wrong, good from evil, that is inherent in all human beings. There are some who teach what is called "tabula rasa" which means blank slate, but I do not believe that we are created as blank slates. Rather, we are created in the image of God, and therefore carry certain qualities (i.e. conscience) consequently. Our ability to reason, to know right from wrong, to maintain civility in society is largely in part because of our conscience.
Now it is cearly possible that one's conscience can become corrupted or "seared" to the point where continually violates natural law and the law written on their hearts. On the other hand, one's conscience can be programmed by what one allows to enter his/her thought life, belief system, etc.

I appreciate your inquiry, and I hope that this might help. It is my desire that I and you as well may have a clear conscience - not an empty one. And having a clear conscience comes from knowing God through His Son Jesus Christ. Until you enter into a relationship with Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, your conscience will hold you guilty, shameful, and defiled. It is there to reveal your sin and that you need forgiveness for sin. That is why Jesus came - for sinners. And more than just a clear conscience, he gives a new life, eternal life, and pleasures forevermore in his presence.
Please let me know if I can answer any further questions you might have. Till then, hope to hear from you soon.

9/20/2005 03:32:00 PM

 

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