Saturday, August 2, 2014

Earthly-Mindedness -- Chapter 3

I'm continuing my look at Jeremiah Burroughs' Earthly-Mindedness.  Please see my introduction and Chapter 1 summary here and Chapter 2 summary here.

In Chapter 3 Jeremiah Burroughs lists the six evils of earthly-mindedness:
  1. It is adultery.
  2. It is idolatry.
  3. It is enmity against God.
  4. It is opposite and contrary to the work of grace.
  5. It puts men upon great temptations.
  6. It is one of the greatest hindrances to profiting from the ministry of the Word.
Mr. Burroughs warns that "The things of the earth do not hinder in an open way, for thousands of men who have earthly hearts do not know that they have earthly hearts.  No, it is the deceitfulness of riches, and it chokes the Word."

In my next post for this series, we will look at eight additional evils of earthly-mindedness found in Chapter 4.

"Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God," (James 4:4).