Hard, Proud, Hollow Religion

It is not uncommon for Particular Baptists to be criticized as being “hard, proud or arrogant”.  God grant that it be not true.  May we always conduct and express ourselves in such a manner that this might not be said of us.   May our Sovereign Lord cause each of us to search our hearts by His Holy Spirit as we consider these words:    

Intimacy with God is the very essence of religion.

The understanding of doctrine is one thing, and intimacy with God is another.  They ought always to go together; but they are often seen asunder; and, when there is the former without the latter, there is a hard, proud, hollow religion.

Beware of mere opinions and speculations. They become idols. They nourish pride of intellect. They furnish no food to the soul. They make you sapless and heartless.

Intimacy with God is the very essence of religion.

Horatius Bonar  (1808 -1889)                                                                                               Gospel minister of the Free Church of Scotland

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About Greg Coleman

I am a Particular Baptist who affirms the absolute sovereignty of the triune Godhead in all things. The fullness of the Godhead dwells in the God-man Jesus Christ. He is the Creator, Sustainer, Redeemer, Disposer and Judge of all that ever was, is now or ever shall be. Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and men. He was made to be sin for his people and saved them from their sins by his substitutionary, sacrificial death on the cross thereby satisfying the justice and wrath of God against them. The sufficiency of his death to the satisfaction of God’s justice is proven by his physical resurrection from the dead and enthronement in glory at the right hand of the Father. Jesus Christ is coming again to judge the living and the dead. Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.
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