A spirit of delusion
A spirit of delusion seems to us widely prevalent . . .
a carnal confidence,
a dead assurance,
a presumptuous claim,
a daring mimicry of the spirit of adoption.
Who that has eyes or heart does not see and
feel the wide spread of this gigantic evil?
No brokenness of heart,
no tenderness of conscience,
no spirituality of mind,
no heavenly affections,
no prayerfulness and watchfulness,
no godly devotedness of life,
no self denial and crucifixion,
no humility or contrition,
no separation from the world,
no communion with the Lord of life and glory.
In a word, none of the blessed graces and fruits
of the Spirit attend this carnal confidence.
On the contrary . . .
often gross self-indulgence
are evidently stamped upon many, if
not most, of these hardened professors.