Beware of False Professors
Paul, the great apostle of the Gentiles, and not a whit behind the chiefest of the apostles, in whom the grace of God was abundant with faith and love that is in Christ Jesus, declares that he was not sufficient of himself to think anything as of himself, but that his sufficiency was of God; and it is one grand and evident mark of real grace to keep us self-emptied; yes, it is for this very thing that we have so many exercises, and so much furnace work, for we are continually bent to get into self.
All real godliness lies between God and our own souls. Take notice of the following text:
“But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”
I tell you my mind freely, and do not forget that the Lord has promised to be a little sanctuary to us in all places where we may come. God is not confined to outward means. My poor wife hardly ever can hear as she could wish, and yet the Lord keeps her more spiritual, and I can speak better to her about spiritual things than to many that are always hearing and pretending to great things under the word; but I am slow of heart to believe what such say.
Now, in all this I am not speaking against the ministry of the word. God forbid; and I hope you do not understand me so. I have too long known the worth of it years ago, under William Huntington, to do this. But these days are past, and I am now to remember how I have received and heard (Philippians 4:9).
We are getting into very dark days. Things will get worse and worse. Errors abound on all bands, and some are in errors, and yet not discovered by many simple souls.
Cleave close to the Lord in secret, be constantly examining yourself, and endeavour to confess to the Lord wherein you are wrong.
Search the Scriptures, and call upon the Lord continually.
Be as reserved as possible from professors.
If you find one or so that is simple and honest, cleave to such; but depend on it that too much going amongst professors is hurtful.
Remember, he is “a Leader and a Commander to the people,” (Isaiah 55:4) and has said, “I will instruct thee, and teach thee in the way thou shouldest go, and guide thee with mine eye.” (Psalm 32:8)
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
God grant it, for Christ’s sake. Amen.
By John Rusk