Presumptuous sins

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    Blueridge Believer Puritan Board Professor

    Presumptuous sins, these are the thieves that

    ‘break through and steal’ the saint’s comfort away.

    When the Christian comes to look into his soul after

    such a bold act, and thinks to entertain himself, as

    formerly, with the comforts of his pardoned state, interest

    in Christ, and hopes of heaven through him,

    alas! he finds a sad change. There is no promise that

    will give out its consolations to him—the cellar-door

    is locked, Christ withdrawn, and the keys carried

    away with him. He may even cry out with a sad complaint,

    as Mary when she found not Christ’s body in

    the sepulchre, ‘They have taken away my Lord, and

    I know not where they have laid him.’ Thus the

    Christian may, with aching heart, bemoan his folly,

    ‘My pride, my uncleanness, my earthly-mindedness,

    they have taken away my treasure, robbed me of my

    comfort. I could never have a comfortable sight of

    God’s face in any duty or promise since I fell into

    that foul sin.’ And therefore, Christian, have a care

    of such robbers of thy peace as this. ‘The spirit of

    man’ is called ‘the candle of the Lord,’ Prov. 20:27.

    Hath God lighted thy candle, Christian—cheered thy

    spirit, I mean, with the sense of his love? Take heed

    of presumptuous sins. If such a thief be suffered in

    this thy candle, thy comfort will soon sweal out. Hast

    thou fallen into the hands of any such presumptuous

    sins as have stolen thy peace from thee? Send speedily

    thy hue and cry after them—I mean, take thy sad

    moan to God, renew thy repentance out of hand, and

    raise heaven upon them by a spirit of prayer. This is

    no time to delay. The farther thou lettest these sins

    go without repentance, the harder thou wilt find it to

    recover thy lost peace and joy out of their hands. And

    for thy encouragement know, God is ready, upon thy

    serious and solemn return, to restore thee ‘the joy of

    his salvation,’ and do justice upon these enemies of

    thy soul for thee by his mortifying grace, if thou wilt

    prosecute the law upon them closely and vigorously,

    without relenting towards them, or being bribed with

    the pleasure or carnal advantage that they will not

    spare to offer, so their lives may be spared.

    2. Again, as presumptuous sins are the ‘thieves’

    that with a high hand rob the Christian of his comfort;

    so sloth and negligence are as the ‘rust,’ that in

    time will fret into his comfort and eat out the heart

    and strength of it. It is impossible that the Christian

    who is careless and secure in his walking, infrequent

    and negligent in his communion with God, should

    long be owner of much peace or comfort that is true.

    What if thou dost not pour water of presumptuous

    sins into the lap of thy joy to quench it? It is enough

    if thou dost not pour oil of duty to feed and maintain

    it. Thou art murderer to thy comfort by starving it, as

    well as by stabbing of it.

    WILLIAM GURNALL.
     
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