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Sovereign Grace Church - What A Contradiction Is A Believer To Himself - by John Newton

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May 27, 2018
Preacher: John Newton
Passage: Romans 7:15

What A Contradiction Is A Believer To Himself

…that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I

(ROMANS 7:15)

To hear a believer speak his apprehensions of the evil of sin, the vanity of the world, the love of Christ, the beauty of holiness, or the importance of eternity, who would not suppose him proof against temptation? To hear with what strong arguments he can recommend watchfulness, prayer, forbearance, and submission, when he is teaching or advising others, who would not suppose but he could also teach himself, and influence his own conduct? Yet, alas! the person who rose from his knees before he left his chamber, a poor, indigent, fallible, dependent creature, who saw and acknowledged that he was unworthy to breathe the air or to see the light, may meet with many occasions before the day is closed to discover the corruptions of his heart, and to show how weak and faint his best principles and clearest convictions are in their actual exercise. And in this view, how vain is man; what a contradiction is a believer to himself!

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