Almost Christian – Words of Conviction

Another snippet from Matthew Mead’s Introduction to “The Almost Christian Discovered”:


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Meditate much on the strictness and suddenness of that judgment-day, through which you must pass, into your everlasting state; wherein God, the impartial judge, will require an exact account at our hands of all our talents and blessings. We must then account for time—how we have spent that; for estate—how we have employed that; for strength—how we have laid out that; for afflictions and mercies—how they have been improved; for the relations we stood in here—how they have been discharged; and for seasons and means of grace—how they have been improved. Look! how we have sowed here on earth–we shall reap for eternity! “God has set a day on which He is going to judge the world in righteousness!” Acts 17:31. “Don’t be deceived: God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows he will also reap!” Galatians 6:7. “Remember, each of us will stand personally before the judgment seat of God!” Romans 14:10

Reader, these are things which above all others, deserve most of, and call loudest for—our utmost care and endeavors, though they are least minded, by most people. Consider what a spirit of atheism (if we may judge the tree by the fruits—and the principle by the practice) the hearts of most men are filled with, who live, as if God were not to be served, nor Christ to be sought, nor lust to be mortified, nor self to be denied, nor the Scripture to be believed, nor the judgment-day to be minded, nor hell to be feared, nor heaven to be desired, nor the soul to be valued; but give up themselves to a worse than brutish sensuality, “Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more,” Ephesians 4:19; living without God in the world—this is a reflection fit enough to break our hearts, if at least we were of holy David’s temper, who “beheld the transgressors and was grieved,” and had “rivers of waters running down his eyes, because men kept not God’s laws.”

Matthew Mead, The Almost Christian Discovered

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