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Between Doing and Teaching


Our senses are the landing ports of our spiritual enemies. How needful is that resolution of holy Job, ‘I have made a covenant with mine eyes!’ When Eve began to gaze on the forbidden fruit with her eyes, she soon began to long after it with her heart. When she saw that it was good for food and pleasant to the eyes (here was the lust of the flesh and lust of the eye) but, above all, a tree to be desired to make one wise, wiser than God would have her be, nay, as wise as God himself. She took of the fruit thereof and gave also unto her husband with her and he did eat. As soon as ever she sinned herself, she turned tempter to her husband. It is dreadful, when those, who should be help-meets* for each other in the great work of their salvation, are only promoters of each other’s damnation. But thus it is. If we ourselves are good, we shall excite others to goodness. If we do evil, we shall entice others to do evil also. There is a close connection between doing and teaching. How needful then is it for us all to take heed that we do not sin any way ourselves, lest we should become factors for the devil and ensnare, perhaps, our nearest and dearest relatives?

—George Whitefield, “The Seed of the Woman and the Seed of the Serpent” in Lee Gatiss (Ed.), The Sermons of George Whitefield (Crossway, 2012), 50.

* Far be it from me to be pedantic, but this term irritates me. I explained why in this post.

Posted 2018·10·29 by David Kjos
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