Monday, May 15, 2017

Strewing Flowers on a Dead Corpse!

External morality is not heart-purity. A person may be clothed with great moral virtues, such as justice, charity, prudence, and temperance and yet go to Hell.

We must not rest in mere outward morality. A swine may be washed yet be a swine still. Morality does but wash a man, grace changes him.  Morality may shine in the eyes of the world but it differs as much from purity, as a pebble differs from a diamond!

Morality is but strewing flowers on a dead corpse! A man who is but highly moral is but a tame devil!  How many have made 'morality' their savior!  Morality will damn as well as vice!  A boat may be sunk with gold as well as with dung!

The moral person, though he will not commit gross sins yet he is not sensible of heart sins. He is not troubled for unbelief, hardness of heart, vanity of thoughts. He abhors gross-sins not gospel-sins.

The snake has a fine appearance but has a deadly sting! Just so, the moral man is fair to look on but has a secret antipathy against the holy ways of God. Morality is not to be rested in. The heart must be pure. God would have Aaron wash the inner parts of the sacrifice.  Morality does but wash the outside, the inside must be washed.

[Thomas Watson]

Leviticus 9:14 ... And he did wash the inwards and the legs, and burnt them upon the burnt offering on the altar.

2 Corinthians 4:16 ... For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

Matthew 5:8 ...  Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.❤