Wednesday, July 19, 2006


by Horatius Bonar

"We have been carnal and unspiritual. Associating too much and too intimately with the world, we have in a great measure become accustomed to its ways."

"We have been timid. Fear has often led us to smooth down or generalize truths which if broadly stated must have brought hatred and reproach upon us. We have thus often failed to declare to our people the whole counsel of God."

"We have given a greater prominence to man's writings, man's opinions, man's systems in our studies than to the Word. We have drunk more out of human cisterns than divine. We have held more communion with man than God."

"We have allowed business, study or active labor to interfere with our closet hours. Sleep, company, idle visiting, foolish talking and jesting, idle reading, unprofitable occupations, engross time that might have been redeemed for prayer. Why is there so little concern to get time to pray? Why is there so much speaking, yet so little prayer?"

"We have been unfaithful. The fear of man and the love of his applause have often made us afraid."



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