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"The Almost Christian Discovered

or the

False Professor Tried and Cast

Being the Substance of Seven Sermons, Preached at St. Sepulchre’s In London, 1661."

by Matthew Mead

Originally Published 1661

1819 Edition
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The Almost Christian Discovered or the False Professor Tried and Cast - Sermons by Matthew Mead

"The Word travels with life or death, salvation or damnation; and brings forth one or another in every soul that hears it."

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Matthew Mead Quotes

MATTHEW MEAD (1629-1699), English Puritan Preacher

The Word, Living and Powerful:

"The Word travels with life or death, salvation or damnation; and brings forth one or another in every soul that hears it."

read online: "The Almost Christian Discovered or the False Professor Tried and Cast" by Matthew Mead

The True Child vs. the Hypocrite:

"It is hard to show how low a child of God may fall into sin, and yet have true grace, but that the sinner will be apt thereupon to presume; so it is as hard to show how high a hypocrite may rise in a profession, and yet have no grace, but that the believer will be apt thereupon to despond."

read online: "The Almost Christian Discovered or the False Professor Tried and Cast" by Matthew Mead

The Weak Christian vs. the Hypocrite:

"There are none more averse than weak believers, to apply the promises and comforts of the Gospel to themselves, for whom they are properly designed; so there are none more ready than they to apply the threats and severest things of the world to themselves, for whom they were never intended. As the disciples, when Christ told them, "One of you shall betray me;" they that were innocent suspected themselves most and therefore cry out, "Master, is it I?" So weak Christians, when they hear sinners reproved or the hypocrite laid open in the ministry of the Word, they presently cry out, Is it I? It is the hypocrite's fault to sit under the trials and discoveries of the Word and yet not to mind them: and it is the weak Christian's fault to draw sad conclusions of their own state from premises which nothing concern them."

read online: "The Almost Christian Discovered or the False Professor Tried and Cast" by Matthew Mead

Holiness:

"The life of holiness is the only excellent life, it is the life of saints and angels in heaven; yea, it is the life of God in himself."

read online: "The Almost Christian Discovered or the False Professor Tried and Cast" by Matthew Mead

Base men pretend godliness:

"As it is a great proof of the baseness and filthiness of sin, that sinners seek to cover it; so it is a great proof of the excellency of godliness, that so many pretend to it."

read online: "The Almost Christian Discovered or the False Professor Tried and Cast" by Matthew Mead

Evidence of Affections:

"Things that are not believed, work no more upon the affections than if they had no being; and this is the grand reason why the generality of men suffer their affections to go after the world, setting the creature in the place of God in their hearts. Most men judge of the reality of things by their visibility and proximity to sense; and therefore the choice of that wretched cardinal becomes their option, who would not leave his part in Paris, for his part in Paradise. Sure, whatever his interest might be in the former, he had little enough in the latter. Well may covetousness be called idolatry, when it thus chooses the world for its God."

read online: "The Almost Christian Discovered or the False Professor Tried and Cast" by Matthew Mead

Eternity, the unseen reality:

"Oh! Consider, eternity is no dream! Hell and the worm that never dies, is no melancholy conceit! Heaven is no feigned elysium: there is the greatest reality imaginable in these things; though they are spiritual, and out of the ken of sense, yet they are real and within the view of faith! 'Look not therefore, at the things which are seen, but look at the things which are not seen; for the things that are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen, are eternal.'"

read online: "The Almost Christian Discovered or the False Professor Tried and Cast" by Matthew Mead

Men pamper their bodies and starve their souls:

"Oh! Take heed that you are not found overvaluing other things, and undervaluing your soul. Shall your flesh ... be loved and shall your soul be slighted? Wilt you clothe and pamper your body and take no care of your soul? This is as if a man should feed his dog and starve his child. 'Meats for the belly and the belly for meats; but God shall destroy both it and them.' Oh! Let not a tottering, perishing carcass have all your time and care, as if the life and salvation of your soul were not worth attending to!"

read online: "The Almost Christian Discovered or the False Professor Tried and Cast" by Matthew Mead

The Offence of Christ to the World:

"He preached no treason, nor sowed any sedition; only he preached repentance, and faith in Christ, and the resurrection, and for this he was 'called in question.'"

read online: "The Almost Christian Discovered or the False Professor Tried and Cast" by Matthew Mead

He who loses his life will find it (Luke 9:24):

"A man must die that would live; he must be empty that would be full; he must be lost that would be found; he must have nothing that would have all things; he must be blind that would have illumination; he must be condemned that would have redemption"

read online: "The Almost Christian Discovered or the False Professor Tried and Cast" by Matthew Mead

Fools to the World (1 Corinthians 1:18):

"If, as the Apostle saith, 'the preaching of Christ is to the world foolishness,' then it is no wonder that the disciples of Christ are to the world fools ... For the whole of godliness is a mystery. ... He is the true Christian that is the world's fool"

read online: "The Almost Christian Discovered or the False Professor Tried and Cast" by Matthew Mead

Dead in Sin:

"When we see a man sick and yet not sensible, we conclude the tokens of death are upon him. So when sinners have no sense of their spiritual condition it is plain that they are dead in sin: the tokens of eternal death are upon them."

read online: "The Almost Christian Discovered or the False Professor Tried and Cast" by Matthew Mead

Christianity in Fashion:

"Many profess Christianity, not because the means of grace warm the heart, or that they see any excellency in the way of God above the world, but merely to follow the fashion ... Religion in credit makes many professors, but few proselytes; but when religion suffers, then its confessors are no more than its converts, for custom makes the former, but conscience the latter. He that is a professor of religion merely for custom-sake, when it prospers, will never be a martyr, for Christ's sake, when religion suffers. He that owns the truth, to live upon that, will disown it, when it comes to live upon him."

read online: "The Almost Christian Discovered or the False Professor Tried and Cast" by Matthew Mead

"Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old." Mat 13:52 KJV
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