The Almost Christian Discovered: Or, The False Professor Tried and Cast. ...

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Sheldon, Blakeman & Company, 1856 - History - 104 pages

Matthew Mead guides Christians who wish to know whether they have taken the spiritual and emotional steps necessary to attain conversion to the faith.

Mead takes a multi-faceted approach to conversion; the journey of Christians varies in length, some must walk far and do much to enter the faith. Many must try for successive years, held back by personal circumstances or persistent shortfalls of character. What keeps a person 'almost Christian' is discussed at length, with examples given of those who frequently come close, but do not quite make it and become true believers in the Lord.

The central pillar of Christian belief is the admission that Christ is the keystone to all salvation; there can be no half-measures in this. Another common pitfall is refusing to accept aspects of Christ's divinity, or his prophecies or his being the Son of God. Refusing to give up a sin, be it one of pride, lust or weak will, is another trait that keeps a believer 'almost Christian'.

Writing in the mid-17th century, Mead was part of the Puritan movement, working as an educator and lecturer on religious topics. He worked at multiple churches in England and in Holland, and was affiliated to the east London borough of Stepney for most of his life.


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Page 227 - For he that soweth to the flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption, but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
Page 105 - And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
Page 227 - Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, saying, I beseech thee, O LORD, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight.
Page 36 - He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob.
Page 101 - Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.
Page 46 - I shall see him, but not n'ow; I shall behold him, but not nigh; There shall come a Star out of Jacob, And a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, And shall smite the corners of Moab, And destroy all the children of Sheth.
Page 187 - For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly ; neither is that circumcision which is outward in the flesh : but he is a Jew, which is one inwardly ; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter ; whose praise is not of men, but of God.
Page 42 - Behold, thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God, and knowest his will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law...
Page 234 - For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at, any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
Page 110 - And when they came thither to the hill, behold, a company of prophets met him ; and the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them.

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