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Secret enemy in the church

Expressions of faith:
Secret enemy in the church

by William Watson

Rev. William Watson

Rev. William Watson

Pride is the worst viper in the heart. It is the first sin that ever entered the universe. It is the most secret, deceitful and unsearchable in its ways of working of any lust whatsoever. It is ready to mix with everything in our lives. Nothing is so hateful to God, and contrary to the spirit of the Gospel, or has such dangerous consequences as pride. There is no one sin that does so much to let the devil into the hearts of the saints and exposes them to his delusions. Spiritual pride is like a cancer in the body of Christ (the church), having a certain self-confident boldness before God and men. Spiritual pride takes offence easily, and puts on pretenses such as desiring to be regarded as better than others.

Spiritual pride ministers in a harsh spirit. It is frequent with a judgment of other’s opinions, conduct, advice, coldness, silence, caution, moderation, prudence, etc., saying that they are from the devil or from hell. Spiritual pride makes a person hungry for attention. If others show submission or yield to it, it is open and freely receptive.

It becomes natural for pride to expect such treatment and to take much notice if a person fails to do so. It has an ill opinion of those who do not return that which pride feels it deserves. One can really make a case in saying that pride is in or is the root of most sin. When the church becomes sick with the cancer of pride, we can’t stand the thought of people thinking we aren’t as rich or successful or as talented and deserving as others.

When the devil plows the soil of the church, all kinds of wickedness germinates and grows, i.e., envy, bitterness, strife, deceit, hypocrisy, slander, and greed. The church becomes the ugly part of our souls causing us to be more concerned about our reputation and ourselves than we are about Jesus Christ and His Kingdom.

My weekly prayer is that the reader of this commentary becomes spiritually inspired of God.

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