Excerpt from The Duty of Giving an Immediate Diligence to the Business of the Christian Life: Being, an Address to the Inhabitants of the Parish of Kilmany
I carry my assertion still further; and sure I am that experience hears me out when I say, that the heart of a man may be under the full Operation of a dis like or indifference to God, While the man, himself has a constitutional abhorrence at cruelty, a con stitutional repugnance to fraud, a constitutional an tipathy to what is uncourteous in manners, or harsh and unfeeling in conversation, a constitutional gen tleness of character; or, to sum up the whole in one clause, a man may be free from many things which give him a moral hatefulness in the eye of others, and he may have many things which throw a moral loveliness around him, and the soul be un der the entire dominion of that carelessness about God, which gives to sin its essential character. And upon him, even upon him, graceful and engaging as he may be by the lustre of his many aecom plishments, the saying of the Bible does not fail of being realized, that the heart of man is deceit ful above all things, and desperately wicked who can know it P.
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