Indwelling Sin and Salvation

September 5, 2008

Black as night inside my chest,

The colour of my heart.

Deceit and evil above the rest,

Each and every part.

My actions I do not approve,

My deeds cloaked in sin.

Darkness envelops every move,

The darkness that’s within.

Indwelling sin motivates me,

To serve only myself.

Inclination from God to flee,

Cast upon the shelf.

One cure for the depraved heart,

A substitute is needed.

Holiness from Him to impart,

For me He interceded.

Christ Jesus is the only way,

To remove the night.

Go to Him on knees and pray,

Turns the black to white.

Trust in Christ and His death,

He paid the penalty.

Atonement on His every breath,

From the night, flee.

“The Evil of Sin”

March 22, 2007

“What a dreadful evil is sin! It has introduced disorder into our world, and destruction upon God, and the most awful ruin upon man. God is dishonoured in his character and government, and man is ruined both in body and soul. It distresses the soul with the keenest anguish, and disgraces the body to the last degree. It exposes, that, to endless torment; this, to everlasting infamy: the one to worms and rottenness, and both to fire and brimstone. How miserable, then, is man! Miserable indeed, miserable beyond conception, if left in the hands of his enemies. Sin and the law, death and the grave, united their various powers to make us completely wretched: and wretched w must have been, had not grace provided, and the gospel revealed, relief. Yes, my fellow-sinners, if sovereign mercy had not interposed on our behalf, despair had been rational, and damnation certain. But, blessed be God, grace, divine grace has appeared: it shines in the gospel and reigns through Jesus Christ. It has made provision for the guilty and destitute; for all, whoever they be, that are willing to owe their salvation to its power and agency. The admirable and animating words, which are now under consideration, inform us; that there is a deliverance, to be expected by the miserable sinner; to be enjoyed, by the real saint; a glorious deliverance, from sin and the law, from death and the grave. Victory over these enemies; deliverance from these evils, a delightful truth, transporting thought!”

Abraham Booth (1734-1806)

(“Christian Triumph,” in Michael A. G. Haykin, ed., The Works of Abraham Booth [Springfield, MO: Particular Baptist Press, 2006], I:217)

"Listening to the Past – Lessons from Andrew Fuller" 9

February 18, 2007

This next quote comes from a letter from Andrew Fuller to John Ryland dated April 2, 1795. It can be found in Michael A. G. Haykin’s, The Armies of the Lamb: The Spirituality of Andrew Fuller (Dundas, ON: Joshua Press, 2001), p. 133.

… Sin is to be overcome, not so much by maintaining a direct opposition to it, as by cultivating opposite principles. Would you kill the weeds in your garden, plant it with good seed; if the ground be well occupied, there will be less need of the labour of the hoe. If a man wished to quench fire, he might fight it with his hands till he was burnt to death; the only way is to apply an opposite element.