Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Sunday, December 8, 2013

the religious swine

On just such husks do the religious swine feed

(Arthur W. Pink)

"Take heed what you hear." Mark 4:24

The word hear obviously includes what is read, for 
that which is written or printed is addressed to the
ears of our intellect. Few people today realize the 
urgent need for 'taking heed' unto what they read. 
Just as the natural food which is eaten either helps 
or hinders the body; so the mental food we receive 
either benefits or injures the mind, and that, in turn, 
affects the heart. Now just as it is harmful to listen 
to the rubbish and poison which is being served from 
the great majority of present-day pulpits, so it is 
exceedingly injurious to the soul to read most of 
what is now being published. Take heed what you 
hear--and read! 

"Those who are after the flesh do mind the things 
of the flesh" (Romans 8:5), and are charmed with 
oratorical eloquence, catchy sayings, witty allusions, 
and jocular displays. On just such husks do the
religious swine feed
; but the penitent prodigal 
can find no nutriment therein! 

Christian reader, if you value the health of your soul,
cease hearing and quit reading all that is lifeless,
unctionless, powerless--no matter what prominent or
popular name is attached thereto. Life is too short
to waste valuable time on that which profits not. 
- {emphasis mine}

Ninety-nine out of every hundred of the religious books, 
booklets, and magazines now being published, are not 
worth the paper on which they are printed! Take heed 
what you hear--and read!

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