Saturday, January 10, 2009

What Is Needed Today

Today's Puritan Audio Devotional--
"Grace Denial"by Octavius Winslow (insightful)
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What is most needed today

(Arthur Pink, "Eternal Punishment")

It is the deepening conviction of the writer, that what is most needed today, is a wide proclamation of those truths which are the least acceptable to the flesh.

What is needed today, is a scriptural setting forth of the character of God--
His absolute sovereignty,
His ineffable holiness,
His inflexible justice,
His unchanging veracity.

What is needed today, is a scriptural setting forth of the condition of the natural man--
his total depravity,
his spiritual insensibility,
his inveterate hostility to God,
the fact that he is "condemned already" and that the wrath of a sin-hating God is even now abiding upon him!

What is needed today, is a scriptural setting forth of the alarming danger which sinners are in--the indescribably awful doom which awaits them,
the fact that if they follow their present course only a little further--they shall most certainly suffer the due penalty of their iniquities!

What is needed today, is a scriptural setting forth of the nature of that dreadful punishment which awaits the lost--
the awfulness of it,
the hopelessness of it,
the unendurableness of it,
the endlessness of it!
Excepting the Cross of Christ, nothing else so manifests the heinousness of sin--as the doctrine of eternal punishment.

It is just because these truths have been withheld so much from public ministry to the saints--that we now find so many backboneless, sentimental, lop-sided Christians in our assemblies!

A clearer vision of the awe-inspiring attributes of God--would banish much of our levity and irreverence.

A better understanding of our depravity by nature--would humble us, and make us see our deep need of using the appointed means of grace.

A facing of the alarming danger of the lost sinner--would cause us to "consider our ways" and make us more diligent to make our "calling and election sure."

A realization of the unspeakable misery which awaits the lost (and which each of us fully merited) would immeasurably deepen our gratitude, and bring us to thank God more fervently--that we have been snatched as brands from the burning, and delivered from the wrath to come! It would also make us far more earnest in our prayers--as we supplicate God on behalf of the unsaved.
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