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 The foulest filth under the cleanest cloak-Philpot

The foulest filth under the cleanest cloak

(J. C. Philpot, "New Years' Address, 1858")

"Take heed unto yourselves!" Acts 20:28

There are few Christians who have not ever found
SELF to be their greatest enemy. The pride, unbelief,
hardness, and impenitence of a man's own heart; the
deceitfulness, hypocrisy, and wickedness of his own
fallen nature; the lusts and passions, filth and folly of
his own carnal mind; will not only ever be his greatest
burden, but will ever prove his most dreaded foe!

Enemies we shall have from outside, and we may
at times keenly feel their bitter speeches and cruel
words and actions. But no enemy can injure us like
ourselves! In five minutes a man may do himself
more real harm, than all his enemies united could
do to injure him in fifty years!

To yourself you can be the most insidious
enemy and the greatest foe!

In all its forms, SELF in its inmost
spirit is still a . . .
proud, and
creature; masking its real character in a
thousand ways, and concealing its destructive
designs by countless devices.

We have but to look on the professing church to find . . .
the highest pride under the lowest humility,
the greatest ignorance under the vainest self-conceit,
the basest treachery under the warmest profession,
the vilest sensuality under the most heavenly piety,
and the foulest filth under the cleanest cloak.

"Take heed unto yourselves!" Acts 20:28


 2007/5/3 16:52Profile

Joined: 2007/2/1
Posts: 20
South Africa

 Re: The foulest filth under the cleanest cloak-Philpot

Very good!

When I read the theme of the post "The foulest filth under the cleanest cloak-Philpot", I immediately thought of a book...
"Freedom from a self-centered life / Dying to self" It is selections from the Writings of William Law, Edited by Andrew Murray.

Some quotes that support Philpot's address:
"He (self) is the depth of all subtlety...he can hide himself under all forms of goodness. He can watch and fast, write and instruct, pray much and preach long, give alms to the poor, visit the sick...If we do not know to seek him where he hides in his cloak of religion, all teaching and effort will be in vain. We may be ready to die to his pride and sin, and not know that his stronghold is in the temple. Self will even offer to lead and help us in dying to self. "
"It is this self that crucified is from this self sinful man must be purified."
"Nothing that we do ourselves can have any good in it, because it is self working in us. The good in us is the work of God's Spirit."

Jesus looked at them intently and said, "For humans this is impossible, but for God all things are possible." (Matthew 19:26)

In Christ


 2007/5/3 19:02Profile

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