O God, stamp eternity on my eyeballs…
Monthly Archives: August 2011
August 23, 2011Posted by on
The Drunkard’s Will
(by Gorham D. Abbott, 1833)
“I, ________, beginning to be enfeebled in body, and fearing that I may soon be palsied in mind, and having entered upon that course of drinking from which I have not resolution to flee; do make and publish this, my last will and testament–
Having been made in the image of my Creator, capable of rational enjoyment, of imparting happiness to others, and of promoting the glory of God–I know my accountability. Yet such is my fondness for sensual gratification, and my utter indisposition to resist temptation, that I give myself entirely to alcohol and its associate vices, and make the following bequests–
My property I give to be wasted–knowing it will soon fall into the hands of those who furnish me with liquor.
My reputation, already tottering on a sandy foundation–I give to destruction.
To my beloved wife, who has cheered me thus far through life–I give shame, poverty, sorrow, and a broken heart.
To each of my children–I bequeath my example, and the inheritance of the shame of their father’s character.
I give my body–to disease, misery, and early death.
Finally, I give my soul, which can never die–to the disposal of that God whose commands I have broken, and who has warned me by His Word–that no drunkard shall inherit the kingdom of heaven.”
Drunkard, this is your will!
“Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaints? Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes? Those who linger over wine, who go to sample bowls of mixed wine. Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly! In the end it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper!” Proverbs 23:29-32
(Gracegems Editor’s note: I have worked in a hospital for over 40 years–and have personally cared for hundreds of such miserable alcoholics. I assure you that the above description is not in any way, an over-statement! Drinking alcohol in moderation is certainly not a sin. Yet Christians should think hard and long, before they flaunt their liberty before weaker brethren or their children–lest they become stumbling blocks to others! The power and influence of example is enormous–especially to our children.)
August 21, 2011Posted by on
The world is his sphere — “the regions beyond,” his motto — to gather out God’s elect, his object — the current of the Spirit, his line of direction. -CH Mackintosh
August 20, 2011Posted by on
Whitefield once wrote:
I was honored today with having a few stones, dirt, rotten eggs and pieces of dead cats thrown at me.
-George Whitefield, a famous preacher who preached over 18,000 sermons between 1736-1770
In fact, John Wesley told his disciples that persecution was a mark of success: He would teach them, train them, then send them out. When they came back he would ask them two questions:
Did anyone get saved?
If they answered yes, he would keep them in his ministry. If they answered no, he would ask them another question:
Did anyone get mad?
If they answered no he would tell them,
You are not called to the ministry!
And Charles Spurgeon, called the Prince of Preachers, said this:
To be laughed at is no great hardship to me. I can delight in scoffs and jeers. Caricatures, lampoons, and slanders are my glory. But that you should turn from your own mercy, this is my sorrow. Spit on me, but, oh, repent! Laugh at me, but, oh, believe in my Master! Make my body as the dirt of the streets, but damn not your own souls!
Let the love of Jesus constrain you to go out into the highways and hedges to compel poor sinners to come in. Some may say, ‘This is not proceeding with a zeal according to knowledge;’ but I am persuded, when the power of religion revives, the gospel must be propagated in the same manner as it was first established, by itinerant preaching.
Go, dear sir, go and follow your glorious Master without the camp, bearing His reproach. Never fear the scourge of the tongue, ot the threatenings that are daily breathed out against the Lord, and against His Christ. Suffer we must. Ere long perhaps, we may sing in prison, and have our feet in stocks; but faith in Jesus turns a prison into a palace, and makes a bed of flames become a bed of down. Let us be faithful today, and our Lord will support us tomorrow.
George Whitefield (1749-1769) wrote
I love those that thunder out the Word. The Christian World is in a dead sleep. Nothing but a loud voice can awaken them out of it.
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