2007-05-02

On Sin

This comment on Psalm 116:6 We have sinned with our fathers is quoted by Spurgeon in his Treasury of DavidLet us look a little further back, to find the age of sin; even as far as the original, from whence comes all the copy of imitation. Be they never so new in act, they are old in example: "We have sinned with our fathers." God tells them they had rebelled of old; "As your fathers did, so do ye" (Ac 8:51). Antiquity is no infallible argument of goodness: though Tertullian says the first things were the best things; and the less they distanced from the beginning, the poorer they were; but he must be understood only of holy customs. For iniquity can plead antiquity: he that commits a new act of murder finds it old in the example of Cain; drunkenness may be fetched from Noah; contempt of parents from Ham; women's lightness from the daughters of Lot. There is no sin but hath white hairs upon it, and is exceeding old. But let us look further back yet, even to Adam; there is the age of sin. This is that St. Paul calls the old man; it is almost as old as the root, but older than all the branches. Therefore our restitution by Christ to grace is called the new man.

2007-05-01

Adams Quotes 06

The following quotations were found here.

"Some have a true zeal of a false religion, and some a false zeal of a true religion."
Thomas Adams in Heaven made sure

"It is one thing for thee to possess sin, another thing for sin to possess thee."
Thomas Adams in The Black Saint or The Apostate

"Will you trust your five senses above the four Gospels?"
Thomas Adams in The Victory of Patience

"Nothing but eternity can make either joy or sorrow absolute."
Thomas Adams in The Victory of Patience

"His goodness without His greatness might fail us; His greatness without His goodness would terrify us."
Thomas Adams in The Sacrifice of Thankfulness

These are from The Westminster Collection of Christian Quotations (Martin H Manser)

The Law - The law, though it have no power to condemn us, hath power to command us.

Marriage - As God by creation made two of one, so again by marriage He made one of two.

Mercy - He that demands mercy and shows none ruins the bridge over which he himself is to pass.

Satan - If thou wilt fly from God, the devil will lend thee both spurs and a horse.

Trinity - It is rashness to search, godliness to believe, safeness to preach, and eternal blessedness to know the Trinity.

Also note
Heresy - Heresy is - Humano sensu electa, Scripturae sacrae contraria, palam docta, pertinaciter, defensa, - begot of a man’s brain, contrary to the Holy Scriptures, openly taught, and peremptorily defended.

Humility - In Spiritual graces let us study to be great, and not to know it.

Satan - Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands; but Satan his millions.

Sin, death - Sin is the strength of death and the death of strength.

On death

Ps 82:6,7 Ye are gods; there he considered their pomp and dignity: But ye shall die like men; there he minds their end, that with the change of his note they might also change countenance. He tells them their honour, but withal their lot. In power, wealth, train, titles, friends, they differ from others; in death they differ not from others. They are cold when winter comes, withered with age, weak with sickness, and melt away with death, as the meanest: all to ashes. All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower, 1 Pe 1:24: the glory, that is, the best of it, but a flower. No great difference, the flower shows fairer, the grass stands longer, one scythe cuts down both. Beasts fat and lean, fed in one pasture, killed in one slaughter. The prince in his lofty palace, the beggar in his lowly cottage, have double difference, local and ceremonial height and lowness; yet meet at the grave, and are mingled in ashes. We walk in this world as a man in a field of snow; all the way appears smooth, yet cannot we be sure of any step. All are like actors on a stage, some have one part and some another, death is still busy amongst us; here drops one of the players, we bury him with sorrow, and to our scene again: then falls another, yea all, one after another, till death be left upon the stage. Death is that damp which puts out all the dim lights of vanity. Yet man is easier to believe that all the world shall die, than to suspect himself.

On Hypocrites


Hypocrites are like pictures of canvas, they show fairest at farthest. A hypocrite's profession is in folio, but his sincerity in decimo-sexto, nothing in the world to speak of. A hypocrite is like the Sicilian Etna, flaming at the mouth when it has snow at the foot: their mouths talk hotly, but their feet walk coldly. The nightingale has a sweet voice, but a lean carcass; a voice and nothing else but a voice: and so have all hypocrites ... Hypocrites labour to seem saints, not to be so; but the holy labour to be saints, more than to seem saints. The kite may fly aloft but her eye and mind is to the earth. She seems to be a gallant bird at her pitch, till she falls down upon a carrion. Oh how the pretentious zealot makes a show to honour Christ with his lofty profession, as if he were altogether a man of heaven: tarry but a little, throw the bait of glory in his way, and he will stoop to a carrion, and be taken with the pride of His own commendation. If you have an angel's tongue and a devil's heart, you are no better than a post in the crossway, that rots itself to direct others; or a torch that, having pleasured others with the light, goes out itself in smoke and stench.