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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Puritan Nuggets of Gold # 45

Humility (continued)

As Christ ceased not to be a King because He was like a servant, nor to be a lion because He was like a lamb, nor to be God because He was made man, nor to be a judge because He was judged; so a man doth not lose his honor by humility, but he shall be honored for his humility. (Henry Smith)

If you lay yourself at Christ's feet He will take you into His arms. (William Bridge)

A humble man hath this advantage of a proud man, for he cannot fall. (Edward Marbury)

A humble sinner is in a better condition than a proud angel. (Thomas Watson)

God's choice acquaintances are humble men (and women). (Robert Leighton)

Better is the sin which humbles me, than that duty which makes me proud. (Thomas Watson)

Hypocrites

Hypocrites are like pictures on canvas, they show farest at farthest. (Thomas Adams)

A hypocrite is like the Sicilian Etna, flaming at the mouth when it hath snow at the foot: their mouths talk hotly, but their feet walk coldly. (Thomas Adams)

They are set upon excess of ceremonies, because they are defective in the vital parts, and should have no religion if they had not this. All sober Christians are friends to outward decency and order; but it is the empty self-deceiver that is most for the unwarrantable inventions of man, and useth the worship of God but as a mask or puppet-play, where there is great doings] with little life, and to little purpose. The gaudiness of men's religion is not the best sign that it is sincere. Simplicity is the ordinary attendant of sincerity. (Richard Baxter)

It is fearful for a man to bind two sins together, when he is not able to bear the load of one. To act wickedness, and then to cloak it, is for the man to wound himself, and then go to the devil for a plaster. What man doth conceal, God will not cancel. (Thomas Adams)

The hypocrite, certainly, is a secret atheist; for if he did believe there was a God, he durst not be so bold as to deceive Him to His face. (Thomas Adams)

Take heed also of being hypocritical Christians. Take heed you do not receive the truth without receiving the truth in the love of that truth. It is just with God that they should fall into errors whose hearts did never love real truths. Better never to have received the truth, than to receive it, and not in the love of it. (Thomas Lye)

If thou hast an angel's tongue and a devil's heart, thou art no better than a post in the cross-way, that rots itself to direct others. (Thomas Adams)

The hypocrite desires holiness only as a bridge to heaven. (Joseph Alleine)


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