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    Self-Deception

    A person may have well balanced theology, and his general views of truth would be considered evangelical and orthodox. And yet, thus far may he proceed in the deepest 'self deception'.

    With all this "form of knowledge," this lodgment of the truth in the understanding, this subscription of the intellect to the doctrines of revelation, he is an utter stranger to that 'heart transformation', that inward illumination of the Holy Spirit, without which the soul is spiritually dead, the heart is unrenewed and unholy, and the whole man is unfit for the kingdom of heaven.

    In short, we have here the case of one who, while his judgment assents to the truth, his heart entirely rejects it. The Gospel is to him a thing of intellectual subscription, and not of heart experience. Not a single truth of the Bible has become an element of life and holiness in his soul.

    (From Octavius Winslow's, "The Coming of the Lord in its Relation to Nominal Christianity")

    Posted by John on April 3, 2010 11:35 AM

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    What a fearful thing to contemplate!

    But what is the difference between the intellect and the heart? Is the distinction biblical? Is the heart non-intellectual? If it is non-intellectual, then what is its relation to the content of Scripture -- no relation? If it is intellectual, then how is it distinguished from the intellect?

    What is the difference between judgment and heart, so that the judgment can assent to something that the heart "entirely" rejects, as if the two does not even overlap? But if the two does not overlap, then how can the heart "judge" anything to accept or reject it? But if there is an overlap, then how can the heart "entirely" reject something that the judgement accepts?

    What is the difference between subscription and illumination? And what is the difference between subscription an experience? Is not an intellectual subscription and experience? If not, what are all these things that he is talking about?

    If he leaves all these terms confused and undefined, then the whole mess amounts to superstition, no?

    There is a huge difference Michael. Our faith in Christ is not a mere intellectual assent, like the devils in James. When our heart is renewed in Christ in regeneration, we do not merely understand the facts intellectually but are given a love for them. The unregenerate nature may intellectually grasp the facts, but only the regenerate can see the beauty and truth in them. Nothing wrong with intellectual belief and understanding, but if it is not accompanied by a love for these truths. This could not be MORE biblical.

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