"There is a proud heart in
every natural man. There was much pride in Adam's sin—and
there is much of it in all Adam's sons. Pride is a radical
sin, and from hence arises this over-inflated opinion of a
man's spiritual state and condition.
"The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself:
'God, I thank you that I am not like
other men— robbers, evildoers, adulterers."
"This is the unsaved man's
motto. A proud man has an eye to see his beauty—but not his
deformity. He sees his abilities—but not his spots. He sees his seeming
righteousness—but not his real wretchedness.
"It must be a work of grace
that must show a man the lack of
grace. The haughty eye looks upward—but the humble eye looks
downward, and therefore this is the believer's motto, 'I am
the least of saints—and the greatest of sinners!'
"But the tax collector
stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to
heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in
sorrow, saying, 'O God, be merciful to me, for I am a
sinner!' I tell you, this sinner, not the
Pharisee, returned home justified before God!"
versus Human Pride
More quotes from The Almost
is that which floats in the head but does not influence the
"No man was ever
kept out of heaven for his confessed badness, though many are
kept out of heaven for their supposed goodness."
"The ground of many a man’s engaging in religion is the trouble
of his conscience, and the end of his continuing in religion is
the quieting of conscience."
"It is a great
deceit to measure the substance of our religion by the bulk of
our profession, and to judge of the strength of our graces by
the length of our duties."
"There are two things very hard: one is to take the shame of our
sins to ourselves, the other is to give the glory of our
services to Christ."
With thanks to
A Puritan's Mind
"If we say that we have no
sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we
confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us
our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1
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