Thursday, August 18, 2005

Seeking Sanctification not Self-Help

With many churches putting the Word of God to the side in order to preach a more man-pleasing self-help and motivation. I found this question and answer by Thomas Watson quite profound.


Question: How shall we know that we love the reproofs of the Word?

Answer 1: When we desire to sit under a heart-searching ministry. Who cares for medicines that will not work? A godly man does not choose to sit under a ministry that will not work upon his conscience.

Answer 2: When we pray that the Word may meet with our sins. If there is any traitorous lust in our heart, we would have it found out and executed. We do not want sin covered, but cured. We can open our breast to the 'sword' of the Word and say, 'Lord, smite this sin.'



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