A STRONGER INDICATION OF A mind unreconciled to God can hardly be conceived than the unwillingness to receive reproof. The humble man is always thankful for admonition administered in the spirit of meekness and prompted by a sincere desire for the welfare of the offender; while the haughty sinner, whose ways are always right in his own eyes, indignantly rejects it. Hence the reasonable precaution which our Saviour addressed to His disciples: “Give not that which is holy unto dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you” (Matthew 7:6).
Theologian and evangelist of great renown, Asahel Nettleton, is the author of this month's Article of the Month. He was greatly admired and respected by Jonathan Edwards and was instrumental in the Second Great Awakening, reported to have brought over 30,000 to Christ.
His article is divided into three parts:
- First, The Care Which God Has Taken For the Reproof of Offenders—It Is Often Administered.
- Second, The Effect of This Reproof—He Hardens His Neck.
- Third, The Consequence of An Incorrigible Disposition—Sudden and Remediless Destruction.
To the text upon which he expounds; Matthew 7:6, he directs his readers to two additional passages, “He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot” (Proverbs 9:7). “Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee; rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee” (Proverbs 9:8).
Thus the reader will assuredly gain some spiritual wisdom in dealing with those around him and perhaps gain some insight into the verity of their own profession of faith. May the Lord bless the reading of Asahel Nettleton's words as they are sound scriptural teaching.
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In His service and grace,