HUMILITY

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“Humility is one of the strongest evidences of the indwelling of the Spirit of God. We know nothing of humility by nature — for we are all born proud.

To convince us of sin,
to show us our own vileness and corruption,
to put us in our right place,
to make us humble and self-abased
— these are among the principal works which the Holy Spirit works in the soul of man.

Few of our Lord’s sayings are so often repeated as the one which closes the parable of the Pharisee and Tax-collector, “Everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled — and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luke 18:14) To have great gifts, and do great works for God, is not given to all believers. But all believers ought to strive to be clothed with humility.”

“All of you — clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 1 Peter 5:5

— J C Ryle

“Humility is a lovely garment. Let a child of God look at his face every morning in the looking-glass of God’s Word, and see his sinful spots. This will make him walk humbly all the day after. God cannot endure to see his children grow proud. He allows them to fall into sin, as he did Peter, that their plumes of pride may fall off, and that they may walk humbly.”

— Thomas Watson

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PRIDE AND ARROGANCE

“I hate pride and arrogance!” Proverbs 8:13

It is a dreadful fact, whether we like to allow it or not — that PRIDE is one of the common sins which beset human nature. We are all born Pharisees. We all naturally think far better of ourselves than we ought. We all naturally imagine that we deserve something better than we have.

Pride is an old sin. It began in the garden of Eden, when Adam and Eve thought they had not got everything that their merits deserved.

Pride is a subtle sin. It rules and reigns in many a heart without being detected, and can even wear the garb of humility.

Pride is a most soul-ruining sin. It prevents repentance, keeps men back from Christ, checks brotherly love, and nips spiritual desires in the bud.

Let us watch against pride, and be on our guard.

Of all garments, none is so graceful, none wears so well, and none is so rare — as true humility. “All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, God opposes the proud — but gives grace to the humble.” 1 Peter 5:5

— J C Ryle

“The true throne of pride, is the heart of man. If we desire, by God’s grace, to put down pride — the only way is to begin with the heart. Let us seek that He would purify our hearts from pride — and then assuredly, our life also shall be humble. Make the tree good — and then the fruit shall be good; make the fountain pure — and the stream shall be sweet.”

— Charles Spurgeon

FEMINISM IS A SIN

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There are distinctions between men and women because God created them to be different. They are not equal and have different purposes and qualities. That is how God made them. Men are masculine and women are feminine. Men should look and act different from women and vice versa.

Feminism is rebellion against God’s authority, therefore it is the sin of witchcraft.

1 Samuel 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

Women are to submit in everything to the man who is the head in the home and in the church.

1 Corinthians 11:3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

Ephesians 5:22-24 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

Women should be keepers of the home.

Titus 2:5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

1 Timothy 5:14 I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.

WHAT IS REPENTANCE?

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“Biblical repentance as preached by John the Baptist, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the apostles, is A CHANGE OF MIND TOWARD GOD AND SIN THAT RESULTS IN A CHANGE OF LIFE. IT IS A SPIRIT-WROUGHT CHANGE OF MIND THAT LEADS TO A CHANGE OF LIFE. It is not a change of life. That would be a works salvation. It is a radical, Spirit-wrought change of mind toward sin and God, such a dramatic change of mind that it changes one’s actions….Those who do not preach repentance or who make light of it or who claim it is the same as faith or who redefine it so that it has nothing to do with sin are not following the Bible pattern for evangelism. They are following a manmade program. The bottom line is that Bible preachers proclaimed repentance. If faith is the same as repentance, this would make no sense. Those who follow the Bible will preach repentance and will require evidence thereof. ”

— David Cloud

“There is a good deal of trouble among people about what repentance really is. If you ask people what it is, they will tell you ‘It is feeling sorry.’ If you ask a man if he repents, he will tell you: ‘Oh, yes; I generally feel sorry for my sins.’ That is not repentance. It is something more than feeling sorry. Repentance is turning right about, and forsaking sin. I wanted to speak Sunday about that verse in Isaiah, which says: ‘Let the guilty forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts.’ That is what it is. If a man don’t turn from his sin, he won’t be accepted of God; and if righteousness don’t produce a turning about—a turning from bad to good—it isn’t true righteousness.”

— D. L. Moody

“Just now some professedly Christian teachers are misleading many by saying that ‘repentance is only a change of mind.’ It is true that the original word does convey the idea of a change of mind; but the whole teaching of Scripture concerning the repentance which is not to be repented of is that it is a much more radical and complete change than is implied by our common phrase about changing one’s mind. The repentance that does not include sincere sorrow for sin is not the saving grace that is wrought by the Holy Spirit. God-given repentance makes men grieve in their inmost souls over the sin they have committed, and works in them a gracious hatred of evil in every shape and form. We cannot find a better definition of repentance than the one many of us learned at our mother’s knee: ‘Repentance is to leave the sin we loved before, and show that we in earnest grieve by doing so no more’”

— Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Ezekiel 18:30 Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin.