One of the most helpful chapters in one of the most experimental books on the evidences that a person has saving faith. Pike wrote, “A mistake here may be most detrimental; and we ought to be very cautious, lest we fall into an error on either hand; lest the false hope of the hypocrite be encouraged, or the true hope of the gracious – soul be discouraged. We must not administer peace, where there is no peace; nor yet grieve the hearts of those, whom the Lord would not have made sad. To steer the direct course between presumption and despondency, is most desirable, and yet truly difficult. Let every one, therefore, read what follows with close attention, comparing it with the word of God, and begging that the Lord, the Spirit, may enable them to apply it to their own cases and consciences in a right manner.” Cases of Conscience – Pike and Hayward 1755
John Owen observes the fearful comment of falling into the hands of the living God. As well the rest of this recording is Owen opening up Hebrews 4:1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left to us of entering into His rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. Owen wrote, “This denouncing of threatenings unto believers is suited unto their good and advantage in the state and condition wherein they are in this world; for believers are subject to sloth and security, to wax dead, dull, cold, and formal in their course. These and many other evils are they liable and obnoxious unto whilst they are in the flesh. To awake them, warn them, and excite them unto a renewal of their obedience, doth God set before them the threatenings mentioned.
This is a sermon from the Collected Works of Matthew Henry Volume 1. From Four Discourses Against Vice and Profaneness. Henry wrote, “That is a miserable calling which lust only lives by, and which soul and body will certainly be ruined by. That is a miserable service wherein the devil is the master, sin’s drudgery is the work, and hell-fire the wages, for the end of those things is death.
Such houses, and their inhabitants and maintainers, are the scandal of a Christian nation, the pests of the towns and countries where they are, the slaughter-houses of precious souls, the rendezvous of the vilest of creatures ; and more frightful habitations of devils, holds of foul spirits, and cages of unclean and hateful birds, than Babylon the great will be when it is fallen, Rev. 18:2.
Timothy Rogers, English Puritan (May 24, 1658 – November 1728), was the son of John Rogers. His first published sermon was “Early Religion, or the Way for a Young Man to Remember His Creator” in 1683. He fell into a deep melancholy from 1688 to 1690. As a result of his sufferings and the grace of God which led him out of that dark despond, he published four sermons under the title “Practical Discourses on Sickness and Recovery” in 1690, which was followed by A Discourse on Trouble of Mind and the Disease of Melancholy in 1691. He continued to deal with melancholia throughout his life, but also testified to the grace of God working in him unto the end.