The deceitful harlot has bewitched you with her enchantments!
(Joseph Alleine, "Alarm to the Unconverted!")
Before a man has true faith, he is overcome by the world. He either . . .
bows down to mammon,
idolizes his reputation, or
is a lover of pleasure more than a lover of God.
Here is the root of man's misery by the fall: he is turned aside to the creature, and gives that esteem, confidence and affection to the creature — which is due to God alone.
Oh miserable man, what a deformed monster sin has made you! God made you "little lower than the angels" — sin has made you little better than the devils!
Sin has made you a monster who has his head and his heart where his feet should be — and his feet kicking against the God of Heaven — and everything out of place! The world which was formed to serve you — now rules you! The deceitful harlot has bewitched you with her enchantments — and made you bow down and serve her!