A private back door to hell

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Blueridge Believer

Puritan Board Professor
THOMAS WATSON 1671

"Can anyone hide in secret places so that I
cannot see him? Do not I fill heaven and
earth? declares the Lord." Jeremiah 23:24

Let me not only speak to scandalous sinners,
who seem to have 'damnation' written upon
their foreheads—but to secret sinners.

"Cursed is he who makes an idol and puts it
in a secret place." Deuteronomy 27:15. Some
of the Jews would not be seen openly bowing
to an idol—but they would put it in their closet
or some other secret place and there worship it.

There are many in like manner who will not
sin on the balcony, or be like Absalom and
sin in the sight of all Israel, 2 Samuel 16:22.
But they shut up their windows, and commit
their sin in secret. They have a private back
door to hell—which nobody knows of!

Perhaps they live in secret adultery, or secret
envy and malice, or secret neglect of duty. God
knows that they are living in secret sins. What
an aggravation of sin is this! These desperate,
heaven-daring sinners, though they see the
flaming sword of God's justice before them,
resolvedly venture on in sin!

"I have been watching!" declares the Lord.
Jeremiah 7:11

"I have seen your detestable acts! Woe to you!
How long will you be unclean?" Jeremiah 13:27
 
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