THE ALMOST CHRISTIAN

Holding to a form of godliness. 2 TIMOTHY 3:5

The almost Christian shuns all evil, does all possible good, observes the means of grace, and possesses sincerity of heart-a real design to serve God, a hearty desire to do His will-a sincere view of pleasing God in conversation, in all that is done or left undone. For the almost Christian, this design runs through all the tenor of his life. Sincerity is the moving principle in doing good, abstaining from evil, and using the ordinances of God, the means of grace. Right here, it will probably be inquired, "Is it possible that anyone living should go so far as this and yet be only almost a Christian? What more can be implied in being a Christian altogether?" I answer, first, it is possible to go thus far and yet be only almost a Christian. I learn this not only from the Word of God, but also from the sure testimony of experience. I did go thus far for many years, using all diligence to shun all evil and to have a conscience void of offense; redeeming the time; using every opportunity of doing good to all; constantly and carefully using all the public and private means of grace; striving after a steady seriousness of behavior. God is my record, I did this in all sincerity, with a real desire to please Him who had called me to lay hold of eternal life. Yet, my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit, all that time I was but almost a Christian.

Wesley, John (2011-02-01). Renew My Heart (Classic Insights) . Barbour Publishing, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

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