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The False Professor

The False Professor

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THE DANGER OF INSINCERITY IN RELIGION.

BY RICHARD BINGHAM, M.A.



ACTS VIII. 21.

• Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter, for thy heart
is not right in the sight of Ood,*
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THE DANGER OF INSINCERITY IN RELIGION.

BY RICHARD BINGHAM, M.A.



ACTS VIII. 21.

• Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter, for thy heart
is not right in the sight of Ood,*

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THE FALSE PROFESSOR,OR,THE DAGER OF ISICERITY I RELIGIO.BY RICHARD BIGHAM, M.A.ACTS VIII. 21.• Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter, for thy heartis not right in the sight of Ood,*Whatsoever was written aforetime was writtenfor our learning : the events recorded in the Scrip-tures happened for ensamples, and are often actedover and over again in the moral history of man-kind. Therefore, since the human heart is still just what it was eighteen hundred years ago, thelanguage of the apostle to Simon of Samaria, maywith equal propriety be addressed to every falsePROFESSOR of the present day; By this term wedesignate the religionist, who either directly orindirectly, by words, actions, or general beha-viour, professes to be a true believer without80 SERMO VI.loving Grod in Christ after a spiritual manner, andappears not to be under the real influence of divine grace, though he be convinced of the truth,without having experienced an inward change, orreceived Christ into his heart. This sort of cha-racter is one who can talk much, but does not thewill of God ; knows all, yet feels nothing; criesindeed, ' Lord ! Lord ! ' but keepeth not his com-
 
mandments, being a * hearer only,' but not a doerof the word. This man is externally moral, butimpure within : in profession he is religious andpious, but a hypocrite in heart ; — ' a goodly applerotten at the core ; '—or, to quote the testimonyof inspiration rather than the language of a poet,however just, he has * the form of godliness,' buthe knows not its * power,' with * a name that heliveth,' but being in reality * dead.'If, then,^ thou who hearest these words, orread est these pages, art in such a state, I havenow a message firom the Lord to deliver to thee,O false professor of his fetith ; and whatever be thedifferent shades and peculiar features of thy cha-racter, — whether thou more nearly approachestthe caste of the nominal Christian, or art moreproperly classed among the lukewarm and theformal, — to thee is the text addressed, and testifiesto thee that ' thou hast neither part nor lot in thismatter ; for thy heart is fwt right in the sight of God!'Our attention is to be directed to this awfulDECLARATIO, aS WclI aS tO the REASO ASSIGEDTHE FALSE PROFESSOR. 81FOR it: which will cause our remarks to bearranged under two chief heads: — and mayGod in mercy be pleased so to bless his word toall our souls, that we may be led to look veryclosely into our own state, to examine ourselves andprove ourselves, and to see whether there is inus ' any root of bitterness/ or some of those ' deadflies ' which cause the ointment of the apothecaryto send forth an ill savour. Eccl. x. 1. — and may
 
the subject be brought with especial power toevery pretended Christian ; and lead him underthe blessing of God to seek, in earnest prayer, ata throne of grace such real conversion of heart,that he may yet live to worship God in spirit andin truth, and yet be included in the blessednumber of true Israelites, and the believingchildren of faithful Abraham !I. For the sake of perspicuity, T propose toconsider, in the first place, the reason assignedfor the declaration, although it comes last in thetext, — * thy heart is not right in the sight of God.'God requires the heart; and hence he saith inthe book of Proverbs, ' Give me thine heart/The Lord commands us to love him with all ourheart, and all our soul, and all our strength ; andhe speaks with most displeasure of those whodraw near to him with their lips, while theirhearts are far from him. If the heart be notengaged, that is, if we are not sincere, our sacri-fices of prayer and praise are but splendid sins.G82 SERMO VI.The supplications of the hypocrite cannot comeup as the incense, with a sweet savour unto God.What is the mere service of the lips? nothing!and what is head knowledge? nothing! Fluentspeech and ready invention are nothing worth:the religion of the heart is all and all. Giftsalone cannot stamp the character without graces :and what is more unreasonable than to supposethe existence of a work of the Spirit in the heart,when there is no fruit of the Spirit in the life?

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