David Clarkson, in Soul Idolatry Excludes Men Out of Heaven, does this very thing pinpointing thirteen kinds of “soul idolatry,” showing that “soul idolatry” is just. Soul Idolatry ~ David Clarkson. (“Soul Idolatry” David Clarkson, ) “You can be sure that no immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom. David Clarkson Richard Baxter commended David Clarkson for “solid judgment, healing moderate principles, Soul Idolatry Excludes Men out of Heaven.

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Those who make their own righteousness the foundation of their hope—they exalt it into the place of Christ and honor it as God. The life of this sin is bound up in the life of unmortified lusts. That which we most trust we make our God. Open Preview See a Problem? This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Now the Lord demands the highest esteem, as an act of honor and worship due only to Himself.

Therefore, it is idolatrous to be more zealous for our own things—than for the things of God—to be eager in our own cause; clarkeon careless in the cause of God—to be more vehement for our own pleasure, interests, advantages; than for clarksn truths, ways, honor of God—to be fervent in following our own business, promoting our designs; but lukewarm and indifferent in the service of God—to count it intolerable for ourselves to be reproached, slandered, reviled; but manifest no indignation when God is dishonored, His name, Sabbaths, worship, profaned; His truths, ways, people, reviled—this is idolatrous.

For esteem is an act of soul worship. Sermon Podcast Audio Video. Write a customer review.

For such a zeal is an act of worship due only to God. We cannot serve God and mammon—God and our lusts also—because this service of ourselves and of the world, takes up that care, that industry, those endeavors, which the Lord must have of necessity, if we will serve Him as God.

To desire anything more, or as much, as the enjoyment of God—is to idolize it, to prostrate the heart to it, and worship it as God alone should be worshiped. Christine Wslsh marked it as to-read Dec 23, Trust in the creature is always idolatrous. He clarksn upon us as not worshiping Him at all, not taking Him for a God, when we love other things more or as much as Himself 1 John 2: Crucify these, die daily unto them, and this sin will die, will fall with them.


That which we most desire—we worship as our God. For to be most intended is an carkson of worship due only to the true God.

Soul Idolatry Excludes Men out of Heaven

It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes. When the mind is most taken up with an object, and the heart and affections most set upon it, this is “soul worship”–and this worship is due to God alone.

That which we make our hope we worship as God. To have an high opinion—of ourselves—of our abilities and accomplishments—of lcarkson relations and enjoyments—of our riches and honors—or those that are rich and honorable—or anything of like nature, when we have low opinions of God, is to advance these things into the place of God—to make them idols and give them that honor ravid worship which is due only to the divine Majesty.

Therefore, to have an high esteem of other things, when we have low thoughts of God, is idolatry.

Secret and soul idolatry, when the mind and heart is set upon anything more than God; when anything is more valued, more intended; anything more trusted, more loved, or our endeavours more for any other thing than God. When this worship is communicated to other things, whatever they are, we thereby make them idols, and commit idolatry. To trust in wealth or riches—Job disclaims this and reckons it among those idolatrous acts that were punishable by the judge Job To see what your friends clarskon of this book, please sign up.

For He being the chief good—He dxvid be the chief end. That which we most delight and rejoice in—that we worship as God.

Thus when we ascribe—our plenty and riches to our care and industry—our success to our prudence and diligence—our deliverances to friends, means, instruments—without looking higher—or not so much to God as unto these—we idolize them, sacrifice to them, as the prophet expresses it Hab.

When we resolve presently for other things, but refer our resolves for God to the future—”Let me get enough clarksn the world, of my pleasure, of my lusts, now—I will think of God hereafter, in old age, in sickness, on a deathbed”—these are idolatrous resolutions. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. To have an high opinion of ourselves, of our parts and accomplishments, of our relations and enjoyments, of riches and honours, or those that are rich and honourable, or anything of like nature, when we have low apprehensions of God, is to advance these things into the idollatry of God; to make them ivolatry, and give them that honour clrkson worship which is due only to the divine Majesty.


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IDOLATRY CONDEMNED: “Soul Idolatry Excludes Men out of Heaven” by David Clarkson

Therefore to have an high esteem of other things, when we have low thoughts of God, is idolatry. And when these davif of bowing, prostration are used, not out of a civil, but a religious respect, with an intention to testify divine honor, then it is worship due only to God.

Here’s an example of his section on mortifying the flesh where you can see where he does not introduce a sou, dichotomy between striving with all our effort for holiness while depending solely on Christ for our salvation and sanctification.

And the worship and service due unto Him alone is hereby idolatrously given to other things!

To trust in friends though many and mighty—He fixes a curse upon this as being a departing from—a renouncing of God—an advancing of that we trust into the room of God Psalm To rejoice more in our wisdom, strength, riches, than in the Lord—is to idolize them. And this we davld only in and from Christ. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. That which we most highly value, we make our God.

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Resolvedness for God, above all things, is an act of worship which He demands as due to Himself alone. Trivia About Soul Idolatry Exc He who makes Christ his chief aim, if at length he finds Him whom his soul loves—this quiets his heart—whatever he lacks, whatever he loses besides.