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John Owen – How to Set Your Affections on Things Above, Preface and Chapter 1

Owen wrote, ”

There is a being earthly minded which consists in an inordinate affection unto the things of this world. It is that which is sinful, which ought to be mortified; yet it is not absolutely inconsistent with the substance and being of the grace inquired after. Some who are really and truly spiritually minded, yet may, for a time at least, be under such an inordinate affection unto and care about earthly things, that if not absolutely, yet comparatively, as unto what they ought to be and might be, they may be justly said to be earthly minded. They are so in respect of those degrees in being spiritually minded which they ought to aim at and may attain unto. And where it is thus, this grace can never thrive or flourish, it can never advance unto any eminent degree.

Setting Affections on Things Above 1

Alexander Whyte – Look to Your Motives – 1894

Preached at St. George’s Whyte says, ”

Now from all this, it follows as clear as day that our true sanctification, our true holiness of heart, our true and full and final salvation, all lie in the rectification, the simplification, and the purification of our motives. The corruption and pollution of our hearts—trace all that down to the bottom, and it all lies in our motives: in the selfishness, the unneighbourliness, the unbrotherliness, the ungodliness of our motives. We are all our own motive in all that we do: we are all our own main object and our own chief end. And it is just this that stains and debases so much that we do.”

Look To Your Motives

Thomas Sullivan – Pilgrim’s Progress Study – Talkative, Adam the 1st, Shame

In this lesson the conversation is continued between Faithful and Christian. Faithful recounts his interaction with Adam the First, Moses, Discontent, and then they both encounter Talkative. It includes an introduction to Jonathan Edwards on The Religious Affections, what are NOT signs that a person has holy affections.

Pilgrim’s Progress – Faithful, Christian and Encounter with Talkative

SHOWING WHAT ARE NO CERTAIN SIGNS THAT RELIGIOUS AFFECTIONS ARE GRACIOUS, OR THAT THEY ARE NOT.

That religious affections are very great, or raised very high, is no sign

  1. That they have great effects on the body, is no sign

III. That they cause those who have them to be fluent, fervent, and abundant, in talking of the things of religion, is no sign

  1. That persons did not excite them of their own contrivance and by their own strength, is no sign
  2. That they come with texts of Scripture, remarkably brought to the mind, is no sign
  3. That there is an appearance of love in them, is no sign

VII. Persons having religious affections of many kinds, accompanying one another, is no sign

VIII. That comforts and joys seem to follow awakenings and convictions of conscience, in a certain order, is no sign

  1. That they dispose persons to spend much time in religion, and to be zealously engaged in the external duties of worship, is no sign
  2. That they much dispose persons with their mouths to praise and glorify God, is no sign
  3. That they make persons that have them exceeding confident that what they experience is divine, and that they are in a good estate, is no sign

XII. That the outward manifestations of them, and the relation persons give of them, are very affecting and pleasing to the godly, is no sign

Gisbertus Voetius – Spiritual Desertion – 1659 Chapter 1 Part 2

This book is recorded – {narrated} from the title Spiritual Desertion with the kind permission of the Dutch Reformed Translation Society. www.dutchreformed.org .   It is the narrator’s opinion that it is unequaled regarding the subject in which it treats. The opinion is based on the use of the spiritual/clinical terms that are not even employed in our day. (1) because the relation of Christian experience is often more superficial (2) if the distressed is even asked to delineate them at all – often the feelings are suppressed or there is little patience to deal with these subjects at this level. (3) because the best authors are understood and quoted by this author from a bygone day that even though now are available on line are rarely consulted with the patience that is required to read the old English.

____ In part two of this chapter the Kinds of Desertions is discussed with their remedies. Also some helpful bibliographical sources.

Spiritual Desertion – Chapter One Part Two

 

David Brainerd – Letters Written From the Brink of the Grave 1744

I have been just a dying now for more than a week; and all around me have thought me so. I have had clear views of eternity; … oh, what anguish is raised in my mind, to think of an eternity for those who are Christless, for those who are mistaken, and who bring their false hopes to the grave with them! The sight was so dreadful I could by no means bear it: my thoughts recoiled, and I said, (under a more affecting sense than ever before,) “Who can dwell with everlasting burnings?” Oh, methought, could I now see my friends, that I might warn them to see to it, that they lay their foundation for eternity sure.

Brainerd’s Letters Written From the Brink of the Grave 1744

Joseph Jones – 1860 – Man Moral and Physical: or, The Influence of Health and Disease on Religious Experience 3

Temptations – Introspection: We speak of a continual peering inward
on their thoughts, emotions, affections, convictions of sin, and various exercises of mind, instead of looking away from them all to
Christ. It is the natural proneness of a doubting and fearful mind, which it is often hard to resist.

The Effect of Disease on Christian Experience 3 – Temptations

William Gouge – How Shall We Escape if We Neglect So Great a Salvation?

From Gouge’s massive commentary on Hebrews. It is my hope to narrate all of the warning passages in the coming year as I did Owen’s commentary on Hebrews in the previous years. Gouge’s commentary was published by his son in 1655.

How Shall We Escape if We Neglect So Great a Salvation

 

Samuel Pike – Christian Fears His Faith is False – 1755

From Cases of Conscience, Case 23  “How may a professor, who fears lest his experiences are counterfeit and not genuine graces, come to such a satisfaction concerning his state, as shall encourage his continued reception of the Lord’s Supper?”

Christian Fears His Conversion is False

Thomas Goodwin – Child of Light Walking in Darkness 4

The devil may by this be able to accuse us of all deadness, and drowsi
ness, and neglect in the performance of holy duties, as want of attention and quickness in them, for these are easily discerned by any one that is observant; and of the want of stirring affections, and also of neglect of holy conference in all companies, and the like. If a godly man were to follow a man up and down in all companies, how much might he know of a man and be able to accuse him of !