Hares and Hunters

”The true Christian is sensible and mindful of 
indwelling sin. He confesses that in everything 
he comes exceedingly short, and that his best 
services are not only defective–but defiled. He 
accounts himself as an unprofitable servant–and 
is abased in his own eyes. He knows that all that 
distinguishes him from the vilest of men–is the 
free grace of God!”

“He derives all his hope and comfort, as well as his 
strength–from Jesus, whom he has known, received 
and loved, and to whom he has committed his soul. 
He renounces all confidence in the flesh, and esteems 
all things as loss–compared to the surpassing greatness 
of knowing Jesus Christ his Lord, for whose sake he has 
lost all things–considering them rubbish, that he may
gain Christ!”

~ John Newton


“Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.” James 3:1

“James here refers not to the men who perform public duties in the Church, but to those who usurp to themselves the right to pass censure on others. These are the critics, who like to be regarded as the shepherds of morality. They turn the fault-finding look of superiority upon others. Alas, it is an innate condition of the human make-up, to make one’s reputation by scoring off other folk.

Note that James is not discouraging those fraternal admonitions, which the Spirit so much and so often presses upon us, but is condemning an excessive passion, which springs from self-seeking and pride, whereby one man inveighs against his fellow, speaks against him, sneers at him, snaps and rummages about to find something to use to his harm–be it but hearsay.

It is usually the case that persistent critics of this sort make wild claims in hunting down the faults of others. Such is the immoderate and arrogant behavior from which James bids us to turn back.

Such critics, after all, give themselves a hard standard when they force everyone’s words and deeds to the utmost rigor; they do not find pardon, who cannot bear to pardon another.”

~ John Calvin



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