You may have heard Paul Washer mention a tract he was once sent by Leonard Ravenhill...OTHERS MAY: You CANNOT-by G.D. Watson.If God has called you to be really like Jesus He will draw you into a life of crucifixion and humility, and put upon you such demands of obedience, that you will not be able to follow other people, or measure yourself by other Christians, and in many ways He will seem to let other people do things which He will not let you do.Other Christians and ministers who seem very religious and useful, may push themselves, pull wires, and work schemes to carry out their plans, but you cannot do it, and if you attempt it, you will meet with such failure and rebuke from the Lord as to make you sorely penitent.Others may boast of themselves, of their work, of their successes, of their writings, but the Holy Spirit will not allow you to do any such thing, and if you begin it, He will lead you into some deep mortification that will make you despise yourself and all your good works.Others may be allowed to succeed in making money, or may have a legacy left to them, but it is likely God will keep you poor, because He wants you to have something far better than gold, namely, a helpless dependence upon Him, that He may have the privilege of supplying your needs day by day out of an unseen treasury.The Lord may let others be honored and put forward, and keep you hidden in obscurity, because He wants to produce some choice fragrant fruit for His coming glory, which can only be produced in the shade. He may let others be great, but keep you small. He may let others do a work for Him and get the credit for it, but He will make you work and toil on without knowing how much you are doing; and then to make your work still more precious He may let others get credit for the work which you have done, and thus make YOUR REWARD TEN TIMES GREATER when JESUS COMES.The Holy Spirit will put a strict watch over you, with a jealous love, and will rebuke you for little words and feelings or for wasting your time, which other Christians never feel distressed over. So make up your mind that God is an Infinitely Sovereign Being, and has a right to do as He pleases with His own. He may not explain to you a thousand things which puzzle your reason in His dealings with you, but if you absolutely sell yourself to be His love slave, He will wrap you up in Jealous Love, and bestow upon you many blessings which come only to those who are in the inner circle.Settle it forever, then that you are to DEAL DIRECTLY WITH the HOLY SPIRIT, and that He is to have the privilege of tying your tongue, or chaining your hand, or closing your eyes, in ways that He does not seem to use with others. Now, when you are so possessed with the living God that you are, in your secret heart, pleased and delighted over this PECULIAR, PERSONAL, PRIVATE, JEALOUS GUARDIANSHIP and MANAGEMENT OF the HOLY SPIRIT OVER YOUR LIFE, then you will have found the vestibule of Heaven.-G.D.Watson (1845-1924).SOURCE: Faith, Prayer, & Tract League,Tract #76; Grand Rapids, MI 49504.
My only problem with things like this that make distintions between "types" of christians is that it just does not seem biblical.Jesus said "If any man..." which means, whoever comes after Him, whoever belongs to Him, the Cross will be that person's reality.So I do not believe that some can and others can't...there are not regular christians and really holy set apart christians. If we are His then we are saved by grace and we are all receiving a kingdom through much tribulation.
Yeah, you're right, in that context it makes sense.
[url=http://tractleague.com/tracts/others-may-you-cannot-70]'Others May, You Cannot' no. 76[/url]
I don't believe Watson was speaking of other genuinely converted Christians in that text. There are maturity levels in the Christian walk and we are all at different levels of our sanctification. I cannot do some things that others can because I have been brought by Grace to a point that I despise certain things that others bask in. In retrospect there are things that I easily do that you may not. May we all finish well.
It seems to me he is speaking about the individual way he leads us. He didn't comdemn one for being led another way than the one he was speaking of, just being a willing vessel or bondslave to the One who chooses our paths. The real question is are we following Him in the path He leads us on. He may require totally different things because of His use for the vessel. It is all about obedience to what He is speaking to each of us individually. What is sin or disallowed to us may never have been revealed to another person as of yet, but we have to follow the road of obedience to the will of God revealed to us regardless of what someone else does. It may be OK for them but not for me because God told me no.