Archives For Iain Murray

Mark Dever supplied his own annual reading schedule entitled a “Canon of Theologians” that looks like this:
January – Early church writings (1st-3rd centuries)
February – Augustine (354-430)
March – Martin Luther (1483-1546)
April – John Calvin (1509-1564)
May – Richard Sibbes (1577-1635)
June – John Owen (1616-1683) and John Bunyan (1628-1688)
July – Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)
August – C.H. Spurgeon (1834-1892)
September – B.B. Warfield (1851-1921)
October – Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981)
November – C.S. Lewis (1898-1963) and Carl F.H. Henry (1913-2003)
December – Contemporary authors like John Stott, J.I. Packer, Iain Murray, R.C. Sproul and John Piper
I want to take this challenge this year but I am scared because I know I will almost certainly fail. And because this quote is all too true:
Erasmus: “When I get a little money I buy books: and if any is left I buy food and clothes.”
Unfortunately, after this Annual Bible Reading Challenge, I won’t have any money left…
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Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World

Do you relate to God as if he exists to further your selfish ambitions or are you convinced that you exist to glorify him? Are you trying to live without God? Iain Murray describes this way of thinking:

Worldliness is departing from God. It is a man-centered way of thinking; it proposes objectives which demand no radical breach with man’s fallen nature; it judges the importance of things by the present and material results; it weighs success by numbers; it covets human esteem and wants no unpopularity; it knows no truth for which it is worth suffering; it declines to be “a fool for Christ’s sake”. Worldliness is the mind-set of the unregenerate. it adopts idols and is at war with God. 

Are you at war with God?

If not what is your heart like?

You see worldliness is not simply externals but rather a matter of the heart.

For that’s where worldliness is. It exists in our hearts. Worldliness does not consist in outward behavior, though our actions can certainly be an evidence of worldliness within. But the real location of worldliness is internal. It resides in our hearts.

Oftentimes, we seek to define worldliness as anything or anyone involved with today’s culture. But culture is not worldliness. As soon as one mentions this there is often an immediate chance for people to take offense. However, “the conflict often reveals a wrong focus on externals.”

Yes, it is true conduct often reveals the intent of the heart. “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” But your judgment of others conduct does not always ring true with the Bible. You pass judgment on someone’s differing external behaviors but you miss the beam in your own eye. When inclined to judge, first stop and check your motives. Is your heart motivated by love? Is your heart motivated with kindness? Is your heart motivated with an intent to restore? If so judge and confront, but if not, back off and get your own heart right first. Worldliness is not a clothing style or a music style but rather it is an arrogant confident love for something that is dying. We must seek to confront those who are loving the world but be cautious not misjudge someone’s “culture” because it is simply not our own.

The idea and quotes came from the below mentioned book.
Book suggestion: BUY THIS BOOK: (click the link for information) C.J. Mahaney’s book called,  Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World