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LEONARD WOODS 1835 AN ESSAY ON NATIVE DEPRAVITY – Chapter 2

Now the general current of human actions is such in regard to the divine law, as to afford conclusive and overwhelming evidence of man’s moral corruption. If we turn our thoughts to the history of human conduct in the antediluvian world, and since, we shall see that man has been a sinner. If we survey the conduct of man at the present day, in every situation and at every period of life, we still find evidence of the fact that man is a sinner.

An Essay on Native Depravity – Chapter 2

Ralph Erskine – The Battle with the Devil When Coming to Christ

THE COMER’S CONFLICT: OR, THE BEGINNER’S BATTLE WITH THE DEVIL, WHEN ESSAYING TO COME TO CHRIST BY FAITH.

This subject was handled in two Discourses: The first was delivered at an evening exercise, on Saturday, July 19, 1735, before the celebration of the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, at Kinglassie, on the 20th. The second was preached on the Monday, after the administration of that ordinance.

“And as he was yet a-coming, the Devil threw him down, and tare him.” Luke 9:42

 

The Battle With the Devil When Coming to Christ

John Owen – Spiritual Mindedness – Chapter 7

In your thoughts of Christ, be very careful that they are conceived and directed according to the rule of the word, lest you deceive your own souls, and give up the conduct of your affections unto vain imaginations.
Spiritual notions befalling carnal minds did once, by the means of superstition, ruin the power of religion.

Grace And Duty of Being Spiritually Minded Chapt 7

John Owen – Spiritual Mindedness – Chapter 6

Frequent thoughts and meditations on heaven under this notion do argue a man to be spiritually minded; for it is a convincing evidence that sin is a burden unto him, that he longs to be delivered from it and all its
consequents, that no thoughts are more welcome unto him than those of that state wherein sin shall be no more.

Grace And Duty of Being Spiritually Minded Chapt 6

John Owen – Grace and Duty of Being Spiritually Minded Chapter 5 continued

Not to faint under the daily decays of our outward man, and the approaches of death thereby, to bear afflictions as things light and momentary, to thrive under all in the inward man, are unspeakable mercies
and privileges. Can you attain a better frame? Is there any thing that you would more desire, if you are believers?

Grace And Duty of Being Spiritually Minded Chapt 5 cont.

John Owen – The Grace and Duty of Being Spiritually Minded Chapter 4

We can have no greater evidence of a change in us from this state and condition, than a change wrought in the course of our thoughts. A relinquishment of this or that particular sin is not an evidence of a translation from this state; for, as was said, such particular sins proceed from particular lusts and temptations, and are not the immediate universal consequence of that depravation of nature which is equal in all. Such alone
are the vanity and wickedness of the thoughts and imaginations of the heart.

The Grace and Duty of Being Spiritually Minded Chapter 4