Friday, August 22, 2014

Earthly-Mindedness -- Chapter 6

I'm continuing my look at Jeremiah Burroughs' Earthly-Mindedness.  Please see my introduction and Chapter 1 summary here, Chapter 2 summary here, Chapter 3 summary here, Chapter 4 summary here, and Chapter 5 summary here.

In Chapter 6 Jeremiah Burroughs looks at the seven reasons of men's earthly-mindedness:
  1. The things of the earth appear real to men, and heavenly things are but a notion.
  2. Men look upon earthly things as the immediate, necessary things.
  3. These earthly things are most suitable to men's hearts.
  4. Earthly things have a very fair show to the flesh; they have a kind of goodly appearance in the eye of sense and in the eye of reason that is not corrupted by sin.
  5. Men naturally know no better things.
  6. Earthly principles are continually dropped into men by conversing with other men of the earth.
  7. Men's sensible experience of sweetness in earthly things takes their minds off of spiritual things.
In my next post for this series, we will look at eleven considerations to take the hearts of men off of earthly-mindedness in Chapter 7.

"Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven," (Psalm 23:5).