I’ve Been Tagged

I usually don’t participate in these type things, but this is one is simple and involves books so I’ll make an exception. Plus, I was tagged by my friend Timmy Brister and I don’t want to disappoint him. Here are the rules:

1. Grab the book closest to you.

2. Open to page 123; go down to the fourth sentence.

3. Post the text of the following three sentences.

4. Name the author and book title.

5. Tag three people to do the same.

OK, this was difficult because there are stacks of books all around me at my desk: books to read, books I’m reading, books for reference, newly purchased books, etc. I think the closest was The Armies of the Lamb: The Spirituality of Andrew Fuller, edited and introduced by Michael A. G. Haykin which I am referencing for some editing work which I’m doing on Hercules Collins writings. When I followed the instructions above, I found this gem:

I acknowledge that to rest our hopes upon such evidence as I propose, that is, upon a consciousness of our being the subjects of those dispositions to which the Scriptures promise salvation, is not the way to be always happy. If we indulge in secret sin, or live in the neglect of known duty, or sink into a spirit of conformity to the world or a spirit of Laodicean lukewarmness, or be careless as to a close walk with God, or attend on ordinances without desire after communion with him – in either of these cases, we shall, in a great degree, lose our consciousness of love of God, and consequently live in fear and bondage. Indeed, it is better that we should live so, than to go about to persuade ourselves that all is well, and so settle upon our lees in ungrounded security. [Bonus sentence] Though, after all, it is not desirable to live in such bondage, and the way to be delivered from it is to abound in those means which tend to cherish our love to God; for perfect love will cast out fear.

I now hereby tag: Jeremy, Daddy, and John Rush


  1. Steve,

    I’m having blogger troubles… I wonder if I will ever be able access my account again (?)…

    Anyway, I’ll do your bidding on this one as soon as I can at anvil and fire.

    Have been doing some interesting reading these last few days…

    See ya!


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