You must look to it, and mend your pace. We must rebuke them.2. It comprehends profit, pleasure, and honour; your business, your profession, your family. There is one class who are so evenly adjusted in their faculties, so well balanced in mind constitutionally, and who from birth are so Christianly educated, and who are so genially affected by parents, friends, and social connections, and who have all the appointments of society so fitted round about them, that when they become Christians their life seems to be a tranquil and almost unresisting progress. The tendency of our age and nation is particularly to external activity, not to internal meditations. It comprehends profit, pleasure, and honour; your business, your profession, your family. Spurgeon. (5)Unbelief and mistrust of God's mercy?3. I have never seen a tree whose leaves sung, unless, somehow, the wind was caused to play among them; but the leaves of any tree will sing when the wind does play through them. So a man's course in religion may often seem to be right and pro. Then there are some persons who seem so constituted that their religious feelings almost never flow so readily as when they act for other people. (3)God's way of salvation still lies open before you;2. (5)Unbelief and mistrust of God's mercy?3. There are many persons who are very little affected by social sympathy, or music, or art, or any of the other influences to which I have referred, but who would be amazingly lifted up if they could have certain doubts which they have concerning their religious safety purged away. What first drew you away; how did this declension commence; and where did it commence, and how did it first manifest itself? You may find out by the symptoms already indicated, whether or not you are in any measure ceasing to "run well." Then the duty is repentance. The obedience of error is not religion, nor is the belief of truth religion. David likens the sun to a strong man rejoicing to run a race; not dreading it and shrinking back from it, but delighting in the opportunity of putting forth all his powers. I will mention, next, sympathy with other minds. You might by this time have been far on upon the road. There is no other religion worth anything, or availing aught,but that which answers to this description. Beecher. (a)Did you not overload yourself with worldly care? We would arouse them.(C. Let us specify a few. The great God, so prolific of thought, so endless in diversity of function, has a million ways by which to express Himself. There is such a thing (would there were not) as declension in religion. The Galatians declined. As, for example, the truth relates in part to the character of God, which it represents to be infinitely excellent and amiable. e. This rational that a woman has a right to do what she pleases with her own body as far as abortion is concerned has been taken to the next logical step by Dr. Kavorkian who assumes that a person has a right to do with their own body as they please, even if it is to take their own life by assisted suicide. (1)Those who will not obey truth will become the dupes of lies. (1)Those who will not obey truth will become the dupes of lies. )Hindrances to religious lifeH. in the resource materials are not necessarily affirmed, in total, by this ministry. Oh, how many different ways there are by which God comes into the soul! First, our religion must always aim at a good and healthy condition of the body. Is it His law? If vital religion be driven out of the soul, it will be as the Canaanites were to be driven before the Israelites, "by little and little."(H. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? Thirdly, men are left in an ungrowing and barren state from an ignorance of the various influences or instruments by which religious feeling may be cultivated. It may be considered as —1. When they go forth into life, benevolence is their guiding principle. (5)Unbelief and mistrust of God's mercy?3. No Other View — Galatians 5:7-12 Using the illustration of running a race, Paul demonstrates once again his love for the Galatian church and his desire for them to continue in the grace of the Gospel. Who so runs, runs well. Is it His law? We are apt to sleep as do others. It implies such a state of the heart, and such a comformation of conduct, as comports with the nature of the things revealed and believed. )Gradual back-slidingH. The guard's chagrin at having lost time and hindered over fifty passengers for so trifling a cause may be imagined.Various hindrancesC. There are many persons who are very little affected by social sympathy, or music, or art, or any of the other influences to which I have referred, but who would be amazingly lifted up if they could have certain doubts which they have concerning their religious safety purged away. Scripture: Galatians 5:1–5. No wonder you felt near Him. (3)God's way of salvation still lies open before you;2. It cannot otherwise be obeyed. I will mention, next, sympathy with other minds. They are not to be regarded as alternatives, but as parts of true Christian experience. Indeed, they can be nothing else. This is highly probable. There can be no better definition of it, unless it be one which we find in Scriptures, viz., this "faith that worketh by love." (1)Did I do it? Saul did not obey the command of the Lord. We may learn hence the high importance, yea, necessity of apprehending and believing the truth. It was an under-current. What are the causes of this — the obstacles that come in the way of Christian endeavour?I. There is one class who are so evenly adjusted in their faculties, so well balanced in mind constitutionally, and who from birth are so Christianly educated, and who are so genially affected by parents, friends, and social connections, and who have all the appointments of society so fitted round about them, that when they become Christians their life seems to be a tranquil and almost unresisting progress. On the contrary, you must deal with them as the means of grace.III. As, for example, the truth relates in part to the character of God, which it represents to be infinitely excellent and amiable. (e)Did not false teachers do it, as in the case of the Galatians? As those who once made good progress in the ways of God may afterwards sit up, their after-carriage proving no ways answerable to their promising beginnings; so, when it thus happens, it is matter of sad regret to beholders, and of deserved reproof to the persons themselves. It includes everything which may be preferred to God. Paul heard of it, and wrote to them on the subject. )Hindrances to religious lifeH. They are persons of great constitutional benevolence. II. You were running so well. David likens the sun to a strong man rejoicing to run a race; not dreading it and shrinking back from it, but delighting in the opportunity of putting forth all his powers. (1)Your loss has been already great. We must rebuke them.2. The Galatians declined. How melancholy it is that men should turn away from God, that they should grow worse, as they get nearer the grave and the judgment! Paul did not hesitate to praise the Galatians, and say, "Ye did run well." Nevins, D. D.)LinksGalatians 5:7 NIVGalatians 5:7 NLTGalatians 5:7 ESVGalatians 5:7 NASBGalatians 5:7 KJVGalatians 5:7 Bible AppsGalatians 5:7 ParallelGalatians 5:7 Biblia ParalelaGalatians 5:7 Chinese BibleGalatians 5:7 French BibleGalatians 5:7 German BibleGalatians 5:7 CommentariesBible Hub, (3)God's way of salvation still lies open before you;2. Then the duty is repentance. The want of general technical religious culture is one obvious cause of confusion and distress. The ship had been going forward by the wind, but going back by the current." We would arouse them.(C. The great God, so prolific of thought, so endless in diversity of function, has a million ways by which to express Himself. To obey the truth is not anything that can be done at once, or that requires to be done only at stated periods. There are many persons who are very little affected by social sympathy, or music, or art, or any of the other influences to which I have referred, but who would be amazingly lifted up if they could have certain doubts which they have concerning their religious safety purged away. c. It is amazing how many of these self proclaimed messiah's lead their followers to taking their own lives. )(5) Unworthy trifles: — A lost pound of candy delayed a train crowded with passengers for a considerable time on June 24th, at New London, U.S. Just as the special train was about to start, a well-dressed young man went to- the guard and asked him if he would delay his train a few minutes while he went for a valuable package he had mislaid. There is such a thing (would there were not) as declension in religion. We are apt to sleep as do others. Spurgeon. To take every faculty or power God has given you, and bring it under Divine influences, and make it act right — that is being a Christian; and all partialisms, by just so much as they are partialisms, are, therefore, misunderstandings or misappropriations of Christian truth. I never had such a sense of the goodness of God as I had then." God have mercy on hinderers. God have mercy on hinderers. "Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world." Thirdly, men are left in an ungrowing and barren state from an ignorance of the various influences or instruments by which religious feeling may be cultivated. When you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet standing in the holy place flee to the mountains. There is such a thing (would there were not) as declension in religion. The duty is veneration. This excessive activity carries us away, and exhausts our susceptibility. )Hindrances to religious lifeH. Let us specify a few. We may learn hence the high importance, yea, necessity of apprehending and believing the truth. Nevins, D. D.)LinksGalatians 5:7 NIVGalatians 5:7 NLTGalatians 5:7 ESVGalatians 5:7 NASBGalatians 5:7 KJVGalatians 5:7 Bible AppsGalatians 5:7 ParallelGalatians 5:7 Biblia ParalelaGalatians 5:7 Chinese BibleGalatians 5:7 French BibleGalatians 5:7 German BibleGalatians 5:7 CommentariesBible Hub, (5)Unbelief and mistrust of God's mercy?3. Obedience to truth not known or not credited is impossible. Who so runs, runs well. Some easily-besetting sin (Hebrews 12:1).3. There are many persons who are very little affected by social sympathy, or music, or art, or any of the other influences to which I have referred, but who would be amazingly lifted up if they could have certain doubts which they have concerning their religious safety purged away. In what shape or phase of it, it drew away and destroyed Demas, I do not know. Nevins, D. D.)LinksGalatians 5:7 NIVGalatians 5:7 NLTGalatians 5:7 ESVGalatians 5:7 NASBGalatians 5:7 KJVGalatians 5:7 Bible AppsGalatians 5:7 ParallelGalatians 5:7 Biblia ParalelaGalatians 5:7 Chinese BibleGalatians 5:7 French BibleGalatians 5:7 German BibleGalatians 5:7 CommentariesBible Hub. Sincerity is not religion, nor is orthodoxy, but the obedience of the truth. The third class — which is the great middle class — consists of persons who are professedly Christian people, but who have great and almost unceasing religious difficulties.I. )HinderersP.It is possible that fellow-professors may hinder. Our weakness and infirmity, soon tired and exhausted, when the race is long or the road is rough.(G. What they supposed to be an infernal temptation was the protest of nature in themselves. Is it the greatness of God that is the object of contemplation? Obedience to truth not known or not credited is impossible. The obedience of error is not religion, nor is the belief of truth religion. But, secondly, the endeavours which men are continually making to live a religious life while using only a part of their natures, will explain a great many difficulties which Christians experience. The worst evils will come of being hindered. (1)God has blessed His Word to your arousing. It is the mother of almost all the Christian graces; so much so that in respect of multitudes, although it is not difficult for them to exercise Christian graces when they are perfectly healthy, it is almost impossible for them to do it when they are not healthy. (3)Your danger is great of being overtaken by error and sin. The duty is veneration. Does the truth relate to the subject of sin? I never had such a sense of the goodness of God as I had then." From abortion to laws granting homosexuals special rights, we are living in a crazy mixed up world. Bowes. We are stimulated or depressed, urged on or held back, by those with whom we are associated in Christian fellowship. And I ask you, professor of religion, what it was that hindered you. Let a Christian form an intimate friendship with an ungodly person, and from that moment all progress is stayed; he must go back; for when his companion is going in the opposite direction, how can he walk with him except by turning his back upon the path which he has formerly trodden?(P. Gurnall. In what shape or phase of it, it drew away and destroyed Demas, I do not know. Such is not the teaching of the gospel. How can it be-but that Christians should be weak, when there is so much to stimulate, and so little to feed them?II. "It will not burn you, my child; take it." Is it His law? Thirdly, men are left in an ungrowing and barren state from an ignorance of the various influences or instruments by which religious feeling may be cultivated. (3)God's way of salvation still lies open before you;2. Melvill, B. D.)At Preston, at Malines, at many such places, the lines go gently asunder; so fine is the angle, that at first the paths are almost parallel, and it seems of small moment which you select. True and seasonable is the remark of Adams of Puritan times — "He who will not be a mortified saint on earth shall never be a glorified saint in heaven."(C. Religion is not a job, which, being done, there is an end of it; not a mere arrears to be paid up, or a mere score to be wiped off. And there is another passage which applies perhaps to every case of defection. Whenever one either totally or partially departs from the living God, it is because of an evil heart of unbelief that is in him. They make benevolence their conscience. Other people have their difficulties about the sacred Scriptures; they do not read the Scriptures enough to be troubled by them. Although the hindrance in every case is not precisely the same, yet there is a passage of Scripture which is applicable to every case. There can be no better definition of it, unless it be one which we find in Scriptures, viz., this "faith that worketh by love." (The Christian. Indeed, they can be nothing else. Is it His law? W. Beecher.I propose to discuss some of those causes which prevent growth and development of religious life. II. Thinking there might have been Government bonds or priceless jewels in the missing package, he asked the young man what was in it, that he might aid him in recovering it. Obedience to truth not known or not credited is impossible. H. Natural affections, rightly directed, become, by that very rectitude, gracious. As, for example, the truth relates in part to the character of God, which it represents to be infinitely excellent and amiable. This is the natural poverty which comes from the want of religious thrift. (b)did you not indulge carnal ease? It is sometimes said that we are to distinguish between the natural affections and the gracious ones. (About 2,000) During his speech two men were standing on his left holding hands and kissing. We are stimulated or depressed, urged on or held back, by those with whom we are associated in Christian fellowship. (2)Carelessness, procrastination, and neglect? H. What sin did you fall into, what duty omit, what was it that you suffered yourself to become inordinately attached to? The great God, so prolific of thought, so endless in diversity of function, has a million ways by which to express Himself. There is still greater reason to fear that in many cases worldly friends and companions are the hinderers. Such persons oftentimes say, "I never can have deep religious feelings by ordinary means; but when such a man was in trouble, and told me of the wants of his family — his wife and children — and I took my hat and went home with him, and mingled my tears with theirs, it did seem as if I was not a hand-breadth from heaven. Major Prophets We are so let and hindered in running "the race that is set before us," because of —1. So all our social affections must be used, Christianized, and made to be a part of our Christian life. I will mention, next, sympathy with other minds. If we see no indications of declension in you, yet He who sees not as man sees may. There is a visible diminution of interest in the things of religion. We may learn also the insignificance and worthlessness of mere faith and knowledge. I do not know of any gracious affections that are not natural ones. There is still greater reason to fear that in many cases worldly friends and companions are the hinderers. And I ask you, professor of religion, what it was that hindered you. W. Beecher.I propose to discuss some of those causes which prevent growth and development of religious life. And I ask you, professor of religion, what it was that hindered you. Share this page using one of these tools: Email / username or password was incorrect! In some of you, however, even we do see them. Deep down, the Master has given me confidence that you will not defect. (5)Unbelief and mistrust of God's mercy?3. We know little about Demas except that Paul speaks of his being a fellowlaborer with him in the gospel. Pray for them. Religion is not a job, which, being done, there is an end of it; not a mere arrears to be paid up, or a mere score to be wiped off. You are not far from Him when you get so near Him as to give your time and energies for the good of His needy creatures. But, secondly, the endeavours which men are continually making to live a religious life while using only a part of their natures, will explain a great many difficulties which Christians experience. We are apt to sleep as do others. Too bad the people in the Heaven's Gate cult did not take heed to these words of Jesus. In the April 3rd edition of the newspaper U.S.A. Today, it was announced that they were beginning an ambitious plan to rescue the ancient city of Petra. I will mention, next, sympathy with other minds. )Obstructions to spiritual progressDean Goulburn.What are the conditions which alone could frustrate the progress upon a river of a strong man and an expert rower, placed in a good and swift boat, and furnished with oars? The ship had been going forward by the wind, but going back by the current." Let me say, preliminarily, that there are a great many persons who seem to need no special religious teachings, for one of two opposite reasons. (5)You are not now abiding all the day with your Lord.2. gressive, but the under-current of his besetting sins is driving him the very contrary way to what he thinks.(Cheever. Is it His law? I do not know of any gracious affections that are not natural ones. So all our social affections must be used, Christianized, and made to be a part of our Christian life. How melancholy it is that men should turn away from God, that they should grow worse, as they get nearer the grave and the judgment! (The Christian. 3. I have never seen a tree whose leaves sung, unless, somehow, the wind was caused to play among them; but the leaves of any tree will sing when the wind does play through them. As the disciples said of the literal temple, "See what manner of stones are here," so we once said of the spiritual temple; but now, not one stone upon another.(W. "A deceived heart hath turned him aside." )Hindrances to religious lifeH. He, in His power, works on the soul, not through one thing alone — not alone through steeple, nor meetinghouse, nor lecture-room, nor closet, though often and much through these; but through all things — through the heavenly bodies, and animals, and insects, and worms, and clouds, and mountains, and oceans, and rivers, and the productions of the earth; and not by these only, but by everything that affects man's comfort and happiness in this life — by store and anvil, and plane and saw, and hospital and poor-house, and music and forms of beauty, and sweet feelings and trials, and sufferings and victories over temptation, and light and darkness, and joy and sorrow, and ten thousand unnameable subtle influences that touch the human soul; by all these God reveals His greatness and goodness to us, that He may win us to Himself, and make us heirs of immortality; and, blessed be His name, not to us alone who are here, but to every one, everywhere!(H. How melancholy it is that men should turn away from God, that they should grow worse, as they get nearer the grave and the judgment! It inclines us to sin; and unless we resist the inclination, sin gets the mastery over us, and we are slaves. There is a visible diminution of interest in the things of religion. Religion is not a job, which, being done, there is an end of it; not a mere arrears to be paid up, or a mere score to be wiped off. I shall select, therefore, only some less apparent, but nevertheless influential causes which produce barrenness in Christian life. I have mentioned already, and shall mention again only for the sake of completeness, secret religious exercise, as one of the things that promote Christian feeling. Probably you were never so near like God as you were then. gressive, but the under-current of his besetting sins is driving him the very contrary way to what he thinks.(Cheever. Indeed, they can be nothing else. We would arouse them.(C. The Galatians declined. It is to be assumed that man is a symmetrical being in his Divinely created nature; that every part of that nature was needed, or God would not have given it, and that no man can become what God meant, who does not develop every part of himself according to the spirit of Christianity. Some easily-besetting sin (Hebrews 12:1).3. 16 But I say, Walk by the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. And there is another passage which applies perhaps to every case of defection. "Behold I have played the fool. It is the mother of almost all the Christian graces; so much so that in respect of multitudes, although it is not difficult for them to exercise Christian graces when they are perfectly healthy, it is almost impossible for them to do it when they are not healthy. And I ask you, professor of religion, what it was that hindered you. Indifference to prayer and self-examination.2. Cherish a fervent desire of eternal life. God have mercy on hinderers. Natural affections, rightly directed, become, by that very rectitude, gracious. (2)Truth not obeyed is disobeyed, and so sin is multiplied. In Paul's second letter to Timothy he said these sad words, "Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world.". Those who have no religious conscience, and whose life is one of quiet compliance with circumstances as they are — it is not particularly to such that I speak to-day. range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed Does the truth relate to the subject of sin? Dr. Whenever one either totally or partially departs from the living God, it is because of an evil heart of unbelief that is in him. They have temptations, but they yield so easily to them that they are not disturbed by them. The duty is submission. )Obeying the truthW. The tendency of our age and nation is particularly to external activity, not to internal meditations. 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