Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Earthly-Mindedness -- Chapter 1

I've decided to re-read Earthly-Mindedness by Jeremiah Burroughs and discuss his points chapter-by-chapter.  This book was reprinted in 1991 by Soli Deo Gloria Publications and contains "A Treatise of Earthly-Mindedness" (first published in 1649) and "The Second Treatise on a Heavenly Conversation."

The Scripture verses underlying both of Mr. Burroughs' treatises are found in Paul's epistle to the Philippians:  "Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.  (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)  For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ," (Phil. 3:17-20).

The disposition of the wicked (those who set themselves up against the gospel) is to mind earthly things.  The disposition of the godly is to converse in heaven.  Therefore, the doctrine set forth in this book is that "This is the great difference between a wicked man and a godly man:  One minds earthly things, and the other has his conversation in heaven."

In the first treatise on earthly-mindedness, Mr. Burroughs will set forth:
  1. What it is to mind earthly things in a sinful way
  2. The great evil that there is in minding earthly things
  3. Proof whereby those who think that they are clear of this sin may have it revealed in their conscience that they do mind earthly things
  4. The reason why the hearts of men and women are after earthly things
  5. Ways to take your hearts off of earthly things
It is not a mark of evil to have, use, or enjoy earthly things.  Therefore, Chapter 2 will further define the meaning of 'minding earthly things.'

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"For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit," (Rom. 8:5).