Monday, August 4, 2014

Earthly-Mindedness -- Chapter 4

I'm continuing my look at Jeremiah Burroughs' Earthly-Mindedness.  Please see my introduction and Chapter 1 summary here, Chapter 2 summary here, and Chapter 3 summary here.

In Chapter 4 Jeremiah Burroughs looks at eight additional evils of earthly-mindedness:
  1. It causes many foolish lusts in the heart.
  2. It is the root of apostasy.
  3. It wonderfully deadens the heart in prayer.
  4. It is just with God that the names of earthly-minded men should be written in the earth (the earthly-minded have cause to fear God because they do not partake of the good things of God; therefore, the earth shall be their portion).
  5. It causes the curse of the serpent to be on earthly-minded men.
  6. It is a dishonor to God and a scandal to religion.
  7. It exceedingly hinders preparation for death.
  8. It will drown the soul in perdition.
Mr. Burroughs states the obvious in this chapter, but I think it's a good, daily reminder for all Christians:  "A man cannot truly repent of sin and yet willfully continue in it."

He also pricks the heart when describing the effects of an earthly mind on the Christian's prayer life:  "You complain many times of your vain thoughts in the performance of holy duties.  You cry out of dead spirits then, but here lies the cause.  You have given yourselves up so much to the things of the world at other times, that when you come to converse with God, your hearts are so dead and dull.  This is the ground of it, this is the great root of all, it lies here in your earthly-mindedness.  Oh, how many prayers have been spoiled by an earthly heart!"

In my next post for this series, we will look at five things that may be wrought in an earthly-minded man found in Chapter 5.

"But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition," (1 Timothy 6:9).