Thomas Cartwright on concupiscence

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Q. What are the degrees of Concupiscence forbidden here?

A. The first is, wandering and evil thoughts, though we never like of them: for even the very rising of such thoughts in our minds, argueth our corruption of nature: for were it not for that inborn corruption, such thoughts could not once enter into our souls, further then they were offered unto us by some outward tentation of the devil, or of the world, as it was unto our Saviour Christ.

And although in the incorrupt state of man, he might dutifully have thought of the transgression of the Commandment, with a perfect hatred of it; yet the same should not have been (as now it is) suddenly rising in the mind, without thinking or meditation of the naughtiness and hatefulness thereof; where now these thoughts rise suddenly, and the hatred and detestation cometh after, and is not in such perfection as then it should have been. Whereas the Lord our God hath the eyes of his glory so pure, that he will not allow of the least corruption in the temple of our hearts, where he seateth himself. ...

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