Archive for July, 2010

A Puritan using the word “Ecstasy?”

July 22, 2010

I received a quote from the puritan John Flavel (1630-1691) the other day and found it amazing and surprising. See what you think:

“Ecstasy and delight are essential to the believer’s soul and they promote sanctification. We were not meant to live without spiritual exhilaration, and the Christian who goes for a long time without the experience of heart-warming will soon find himself tempted to have his emotions satisfied from earthly things and not, as he ought, from the Spirit of God. The soul is so constituted that it craves fulfillment from things outside itself and will embrace earthly joys for satisfaction when it cannot reach spiritual ones. The believer is in spiritual danger if he allows himself to go for any length of time without tasting the love of Christ and savoring the felt comforts of a Savior’s presence. When Christ ceases to fill the heart with satisfaction, our souls will go in silent search of other lovers. By the enjoyment of the love of Christ in the heart of a believer, we mean an experience of the “love of God shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given to us”(Rom 5:5)‚Ķbecause the Lord has made himself accessible to us in the means of grace, it is our duty and privilege to seek this experience from Him in these means till we are made the joyful partakers of it.”

What is surprising is that a Puritan advocated emotional worship. Bet ya didn’t see that coming. What is amazing is that he insists that if we don’t have an “experience” of heart warming, emotional worship, we will seek that experience from the world. This is a concept that PCA churches need to grow in, ours included.

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Getting back to blogging…

July 22, 2010

Since Hudson’s birth three months ago, I’ve let my blog posting go by the wayside. I’d like to get back into this practice, and possibly use some posts as “e-devotionals” for the church. thanks for your patience as our family continues to adjust to our new arrival…

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