November 27, 2006
Here are some descriptions of unmerciful pastors.
They preach for money, not love:
Evil ministers are such as have no bowels to the souls of their people. They do not pity them or pray for them. They seek not them but theirs. They preach not for love but for lucre. Their care is more for tithes than four souls. How can they be called spiritual fathers, who are without bowels? These are mercenaries, not ministers
They don’t preach the Bible:
They are unmerciful to souls who, instead of breaking the bread of life, fill their people’s heads with airy speculations and notions; who rather tickle the fancy than touch the conscience and give precious souls rather music than food.
They preach above their people:
Some ministers love to soar aloft like the eagle and fly above their people’s capacities, endeavoring rather to be admired than undersood.
Ministers should be stars to give light not clouds to obscure the truth.
Source: Thomas Watson, The Beatitudes, p.146
Note: Watson uses the word bowels for compassion and mercy.
November 22, 2006
Here is Thomas Watson’s answer. I think it is a good one:
Consider why the wise God has suffered an inequality in the world. It is for this very reason, because he would have mercy exercised. If all were rich, there were no need of alms, nor could the merciful man could have been so well known.
Are you using the resources God gives you to show mercy? Proverbs 19:17 reminds us: “Whoever is generous to the poor, lends to the LORD, and He will repay him for his deed.”
Source: Thomas Watson, The Beatitudes, p.152
October 27, 2006
Here are some quotes I gathered from Thomas Watson, a puritan, as I studied this week:
It [blessedness] does not lie in the acquisition of worldly things. Happiness cannot by any art of chemistry be extracted here. –Thomas Watson, The Beatitudes, p.25
If a man were crowned with all the delights of the world, nay, if God should build him a house among the stars, yet the restless eye of his unsatisfied mind would be looking still higher. He would be prying beyond the heavens for some hidden rarities which he thinks he has not yet attained to; so unquenchable is the thirst of the soul till it come to bathe in the river of life and to center upon true blessedness. — Thomas Watson, The Beatitudes, p.27
On Blessing (Jesus’ or the World)
Observe how Christ’s doctrine and the opinion of carnal men differ. They think, ‘Blessed are the rich.’ The world would count him blessed who could have Midas’ wish, that all he touched might be turned into gold. But Christ says, ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit.’ The world thinks, Blessed are they on the pinnacle; but Christ pronounces them blessed who are in the valley. Christ’s reckonings and the world’s do not agree. – Thomas Watson, The Beatitudes, p.39
On Poverty of Spirit
‘Poor in spirit’ then signifies those who are brought to the sense of their sins, and seeing no goodness themselves, despair in themselves and sue wholly to the mercy of God in Christ. – Thomas Watson, The Beatitudes, p. 42
Pastor Mike Walters