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Posted: 04/28/08

The Almost Christian

The following (extremely applicable article) was written back in 1161, by Matthew Mead. It is taken from "The Almost Christian":

"There is a proud heart in every natural man. There was much pride in Adam's sin-and there is much of it in all Adam's sons. Pride is a radical sin, and from hence arises this over-inflated opinion of a man's spiritual state and condition: 'The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: God, I thank you that I am not like other men- robbers, evildoers, adulterers' (Luke 18:11). This is the unsaved man's motto.

A proud man has an eye to see his beauty-but not his deformity. He sees his abilities-but not his spots. He sees his seeming righteousness-but not his real wretchedness. It must be a work of grace-which must show a man the lack of grace. The haughty eye looks upward-but the humble eye looks downward, and therefore this is the believer's motto, 'I am the least of saints-and the greatest of sinners!'

"'But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, 'O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner!' I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God!' (Luke 18:13-14).

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Posted On: 05/01/08 12:12:48 PM Age 47, MA
It seems as thought the temptation to be aloof and haughty is around every circumstance I wander into. Its like i've got to fight it tooth and nail. All I can do is through my arms up and pray that God would keep me from pride. It is a daily battle. peace be,

I was gonna say...
Posted On: 04/29/08 07:03:25 PM Age 19, CA
Some editing must have been done, because the language doesn't sound *that* ancient!

Posted On: 04/29/08 05:35:25 PM Age 64, OH
Amen, Amen, Amen Ray. But Matthew Mead wrote this work in 1661. Matthew lived form 1629 till 1699. Look in the Book in Genesis 30; we can see that Jacob the Shepard, who God had changed his name to Israel (or the one who has power with God),took all the sheep that the Lord gave Israel back to the promised land. The sheep that Israel took back to the promised land were only the black sheep (or spotted). Jacob said to Laban (A type of the Devil, he deceived Jacob and his name means white)"if you find any white sheep in my flock they are not mine but they are stolen and you can claim them. On judgment day the Devil himself will go through the flock who claim to be Christians, or Jacobs flock, and the Devil will grab any sheep that is white and say "you are mine", and they will go with the Devil to his judgment. A person has to see his blackness to be saved. The black and spotted wool was worthless because it could not be dyed like the white wool could. Lou

Need some editing
Posted On: 04/29/08 03:54:03 PM Age 43, NY
The year was 1661 not 1161.

Dating problem?
Posted On: 04/29/08 10:42:10 AM Age 43, OR
Matthew Mead wrote his article in *1161*? Really? In Latin or Greek? Which codex might it be found in? (Snark, yes. But you really need to tighten up your editing.)

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