A caution to the presumptuous
“Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.”
1 Corinthians 10:12
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These strong men sometimes will not use the means of grace, and therefore they fall.
There are some persons here, who rarely attend a place of worship; they do not profess to be religious; but I am sure they would be astonished if I were to tell them, that I know some professedly religious people who are accepted in some churches as being true children of God, who yet make it a habit of stopping away from the house of God, because they conceive they are so advanced that they do not want it. You smile at such a thing as that.
They boast such deep experience within; they have a volume of sweet sermons at home, and they will stop and read them; they need not go to the house of God, for they are fat and flourishing.
They conceit themselves that they have received food enough seven years ago to last them the next ten years. They imagine that old food will feed their souls now.
These are your presumptuous men.
They are not to be found at the Lord’s table, eating the body and drinking the blood of Christ, in the holy emblems of bread and wine.
You do not see them in their closets; you do not find them searching the Scriptures with holy curiosity.
They think they stand—they shall never be moved; they fancy that means are intended for weaker Christians; and leaving those means, they fall.
They will not have the shoe to put upon the foot, and therefore the flint cuts them; they will not put on the armour, and therefore the enemy wounds them—sometimes well-nigh unto death. In this deep quagmire of neglect of the means, many a proud professor has been smothered.
Thomas was absent to his cost (John 20:24,25). Can you always give your “apologies for absence” to the Lord and to your fellow-members with a clear conscience?
Sermon no. 22
12 May (Preached 13 May 1855)
If you are not a believer in Jesus Christ,
you can be accepted in to his kingdom.
I invite you to let him to make of you what He always wanted.
Marvelous God Almighty, I come to you in the precious name of Jesus, who died for me to make me free of sin, I want Jesus to enter in to my heart and make me free, I confess that He is the son of God. I ask to change my heart and to give me wisdom to understand your Holy Word full of promises of eternal value, not only to live on this earth, but to be expectant of my life in heaven. In the precious name of Jesus I ask.
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