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[b]From belly—to cards or dice[/b]

(Thomas Brooks, "London's Lamentations" 1670)

"Those who wear expensive clothes and indulge
in luxury are in palaces." Luke 7:25

"There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and
fine linen and lived in luxury every day." Luke 16:19

"The rich man also died and was buried. In hell,
where he was in torment," Luke 16:22-23

Luxury is one of the great darling sins of our age and day!
It is a very God-dishonoring sin, and a God-provoking sin,
and a soul-damning sin! It shuts men out from all the glory
of heaven—and tumbles them down to the lowest hell!

Look! no luxurious person shall enter into heaven. Of all
sorts of sinners—the luxurious sinner is most rarely reformed.
The adulterer may become chaste, the thief may become an
honest man, the swearer may obtain a sanctified tongue;
but how rare is it to see a luxurious person repent, break
off his sins, submit to Christ, and walk to heaven!

Of such professors who live and wallow in luxury and
intemperance, if we compare Christ's laws and their
lives together, I think we may confidently conclude,
that they are not Christians.

Panormitan, a heathen, having read Christ's sermon
on the mount, and comparing those standards with
the loose and luxurious lives of professing Christians;
concluded that those people were not Christians.

Chrysostom preferred brute beasts before luxurious
people; for the beast goes from belly—to labor. But
the luxurious person goes from belly—to bed; or from
belly—to cards or dice, if not to something worse!

"You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence.
You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter!"
James 5:5


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