Wonder not if you see a diversity of success in preaching of the word. Some receive it with joy; the most despise it as a thing of nought. Whence is this difference? Multitudes are rejected of God, — cast out of his care, — barren land; he will till them no more. A cursed state! Marvel not that many refuse to hear the word, that they love lies; they are given up of God to their hearts’ lusts. -John Owen
But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.”] By what is here said it is evident that a man may contract fearful guilt, and may undo himself to all eternity by that which he has no great sense of the badness of in the time of it, when he commits it does not seem heinous to him ; for Simon, he never seems to have had any great sense of any hurt in his proposal of buying the gift or power of conferring the Holy Ghost with money. He was very bold in his proposal, and in all likelihood it was very unexpected to him to meet with such a rebuke.
Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. From the collected sermons of John OwenA Warning Against Hardness of Heart in Christians
From the writing of William Perkins, to John Angell James, Pilgrims Progress, and a look at the great revivals in our country, an examination of the evangelism and the counsels given to the awakened.
From the website, International Outreach, “The proper method of seeking involves man’s doing all that is in his natural power to seek God. One of the most common expressions in Puritan writings is “use the means.” Today this expression is almost unknown in Christianity and in books on evangelism. If it were used, most people, even Reformed people, would not know what was meant by it. It is, however, an encouragement to seek God using the means which God had provided for men to come to know Him. Although it is not in man’s moral ability to find God, it is in his natural ability to do certain things which might increase the possibility of his being saved or put him in a way of salvation. The Puritans constantly urged upon men the necessity of doing all they could. ”
These three podcasts examine in detail the charge that the Puritans taught that a person who is under awakening must prepare himself, or go through a necessary time of conviction of sin before he is ready to come to Christ. Puritans and Preparationism 1 of 3
The following narration is dedicated to my friend Karl who has found this book very helpful to him. The Lord sweetly calms the heart, and persuades it that his sins are pardonable, and that the good he wants may be supplied, this is a great support to the soul. Hope is always expectation of a good to come. Now when a poor sinner sees his sins, the number of them, the nature of them, the vileness of them, the cursedness of hissoul, that he can take no rest, he sees no rest in the creature, nor in himself. – from the book The Poor Doubting Christian Drawn to Christ chapter 1
This is a sermon 1 of 5 about affliction in the lives of Christians. Edmund Calamy was the famed preacher that John Owen went to see the night he was converted, but there was a substitute preacher instead. The Godly Man’s Ark
Awake, therefore, all of you in whose hearts is any thing of the ways of God ! Your enemy is not only upon you, as on Samson of old, but is in you also. He is at work, by all ways of force and craft, as we shall see.
Would you not dishonor God and his gospel; would you not scandalize the saints and ways of God; would you not wound your consciences and endanger your souls; would you not grieve the good and holy Spirit of God, the author of all your comforts; would you keep your garments undefiled, and escape the woful temptations and pollutions of the days wherein we live; would you be preserved from the number of the apostates in these latter days; — awake to the consideration of this cursed
enemy, which is the spring of all these and innumerable other evils, as also of the ruin of all the souls that perish in this world!John Owen Indwelling Sin Chapter 1
Moore – 1811 – wrote, “The proper temper for prayer should precede the act. The disposition should be wrought in the mind before the exercise is begun. To bring a proud temper to an humble prayer, a luxurious habit to a self-denying prayer, or a worldly disposition to a spiritually-minded prayer, is a positive anomaly. A habit is more powerful than an act, and a previously indulged temper during the day will not, it is to be feared, be fully counteracted by the exercise of a few minutes devotion at night. “Cultivating a Devotional Spirit