Pithy gems from the puritan William Secker

(William Secker)

Pride is the sinner's torment; humility is the saint's ornament.

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Many have passed the rocks of gross sins—who have suffered shipwreck upon the sands of self-righteousness.

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Many blush to confess their faults, who never blush to commit them.

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Until we taste the bitterness of our own misery, we will never relish the sweetness of God's mercy.

Until we see how foul our sins have made us, we will never pay our tribute of praise to Christ for redeeming us.

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If you would know the heart of your sin, then you must know the sins of your heart!

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Sin's first-born is death—and its last-born is Hell.

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"I hate pride and arrogance!" Proverbs 8:13

God abhors those people worst, who adore themselves most.

Pride is not a Bethel—that is, a house where God dwells;
but a Babel—that is, a stinking dungeon in which Satan abides.

Pride is not only a most hateful evil—but the most radical evil.

As all other lusts are found lodging in it—so they are found springing from it.

Pride is a foul leprosy, in the face of morality.

Pride is a hurtful worm, gnawing at the root of humility.

Pride is a cancer within, and a spreading plague without!

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By fasting, the body learns to obey the soul.
By praying, the soul learns to command the body.

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A true Christian no more trusts in the best of his services, as in the worst of his sins!