Their supreme deity!

(Edward Griffin)

It is distressing to look through our congregations and see how people neglect God—how they live as though there were no God.

Supreme love to God will certainly produce self-denial for His sake. It will habitually avoid everything which He has forbidden; and will obey, not a part, but all of His commands. Supreme love will seek communion with its object more than any worldly pleasure. It will pant after Him—and after greater conformity to Him; it will seek His glory as its highest interest; it will consider Him as its most desirable portion; it will delight in thinking of Him more than in any worldly object; it will delight in prayer; it will renounce the world and idols—and cultivate a heavenly mind.

As humiliating as the thought is—we know that every person is God's enemy, until he is born again. "The carnal mind is enmity against God." Hence it is, that so many people who attend public worship and lead regular lives, are . . .
  so unmindful of God from day after day,
  neglect prayer,
  put eternal things out of view, and
  lose themselves in the eager pursuit of the world.

They must be conscious, if they will but reflect, that the world engages more of their care—than God or their souls—and is of course their supreme deity. They must be conscious that prayer is a burden—that pious fellowship is a burden—that the thoughts of God which sometimes intrude are unwelcome—that the Christian service is not agreeable to their taste—that they would rather be employed in amusement, or business, or pleasure, or sloth—than in piety; that they would rather be reading an amusing story—than in searching the Scriptures.

Surely such people do not love God. Such minds could not be happy in heaven—if admitted there. They must undergo a radical change—or certainly they can find no happiness beyond the grave. Ah Lord God, how many of such are to be found among us—among the dearest friends of our hearts!

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A hearer of Mr. Griffin in New Jersey in 1829, gives us a description of his preaching and of the love and brokenness which gave his preaching its power:

"During most of the sermon his face was wet with tears, and for nearly an hour he spoke to us with such tender and appealing sentences—that it seemed as if his hearers must cry out in an agony of fear and trembling. But what a climax the ending was! It was a wonder how he endured the strain so long—and that he had not given up physically exhausted. The mental agony, and his heart-breaking sympathy—were enough to break an angel down! When he fell on his knees as if he had been knocked on the head with an ax, with outstretched arms and tears coursing down his face, he cried out:
Oh! my dying fellow sinners! I beseech you to give your heart to the Savior now. Give your life to Jesus Christ, do not put it off! Do not leave this house without dedicating yourself to His service, lest you be left at last to cry—the harvest is past, the summer is ended, and I am not saved!"

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We have posted several choice short articles:

Edward Griffin, "NOAH'S ARK"

Edward Griffin, "Whom Have I in Heaven but You?"

Edward Griffin, "The Tender Mercies of God"