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[b]Other men's sins[/b]

(Thomas Brooks, "The Crown and Glory of Christianity,
or, HOLINESS, the Only Way to Happiness", 1662)

By other men's sins, a holy man is put in mind of the
badness of his own heart. Bernard makes mention of an
old man, who, when he saw any man sin, lamented and
wept for him; and being asked why he grieved so, for
other men's sins, answered, "He fell today--and I may
fall tomorrow!" The falls of others puts a holy man in
mind of the roots of sinfulness which are in himself.
Other men's actual sins are as so many glasses, through
which a holy man comes to see the manifold seeds of sin
which are in his own heart--and such a sight as this
cannot but melt him and break him.

A holy heart knows that the best way to keep himself
pure from other men's sins, is to mourn for other men's
sins. He who makes conscience of weeping over other
men's sins--will rarely be defiled with other men's sins.

A holy heart looks upon other men's sins as their bonds
and chains--and this makes him mourn. Ah, how can
tears but trickle down a Christian's cheeks, when he sees
multitudes, fast bound with the cords of their iniquity,
trooping to hell? Who can look upon a sinner as a bound
prisoner to the prince of darkness--and not bemoan him?

If holy people thus mourn for the wickedness of others,
then certainly those who take pleasure in the wickedness
of others--who laugh and joy, who can make a sport of
other men's sins--are rather monsters than men! There
are none so nearly allied to Satan as these--nor any so
resemble Satan as much as these! (The devil always joys
most--when sinners sin most!) To applaud them, and take
pleasure in those who take pleasure in sin--is the highest
degree of ungodliness!


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 Re: Other men's sins -brooks

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"He fell today--and I may fall tomorrow!"

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Bernard makes mention of an old man, who, when he saw [b][u]any[/u][/b] man sin, lamented and wept for him; and being asked why he grieved so, for other men's sins,...


Any man ... what more the [i]Brethren[/i]


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 Other men's sins

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and this makes him mourn




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 Re: Other men's sins -brooks

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A holy heart looks upon other men's sins as their bonds
and chains--and this makes him mourn. Ah, how can
tears but trickle down a Christian's cheeks, when he sees
multitudes, fast bound with the cords of their iniquity,
trooping to hell? Who can look upon a sinner as a bound
prisoner to the prince of darkness--and not bemoan him?

If holy people thus mourn for the wickedness of others,
then certainly those who take pleasure in the wickedness
of others--who laugh and joy, who can make a sport of
other men's sins--are rather monsters than men! There
are none so nearly allied to Satan as these--nor any so
resemble Satan as much as these! (The devil always joys
most--when sinners sin most!) To applaud them, and take
pleasure in those who take pleasure in sin--is the highest
degree of ungodliness!



This makes me think of the double minded man who is unstable in all of his ways. On the one day a man would see God's perspective of Sin and mourn and grieve and lament. Some sin hit close to home or was saw in some certain light. Yet when the throes of temptation seize upon him/her what a different mind is in view? That a dog would turn to his own vomit again and lick up that which made him sick just a few moments before. How soon the sense of sickness flies away and the temptation to partake of the poison returns.

Thus is the mystery of temptation. How could a person be tempted by such a vomit of sin? How could the enemy package such death in such a way as to appeal to the mind and heart? What twisted thoughts and lusts could cause one to crave vomit? So to for a christian to crave sin is no different besides. How unnatural? How disgusting? Yet in some mysterious way we find ourselves needing to resist temptation to sin or 'resist' the devil himself. We are told to FLEE certain sins. Not to try to be strong and show no appetite- but to FLEE. To RUN with all our might as a man fleeing a burning building. We are no match for sin and lust.

I heard the story once of a man that was going to show the devil that he was delivered from alcoholism and that he had no such desire. So he bought a small bottle of drink and boasted of the seal that showed the top had never opened. What foolishness? What pride and arrogance? He literally had the devil in his pocket. How long suppose ye till he was in bondage again? It was not long.

I heard a parable once of a man who walked down the road and saw a baby viper of the vilest sort. the viper says to the man- "take me with you and put me in your pocket and I promise not to bite you." Oh no! Said the man. I know you are the deadliest sort and one bite from you and I'm finished. "Not So!" Said the baby viper. I will be thy friend and never ever bite thee! In time the man withdrew his guard and took the viper to himself. Walking the country road he felt the piercing prick of the vipers fangs plunge deep into his thigh. "Oh, no! you bit me! I shall surely die! You promised me you promised me!! "Yes, said the viper... but you knew I was a snake when you picked me up."



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