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Ten Marks of a Flesh-Pleaser by Richard Baxter (1615-1691)

  • When a man in his desire to please his appetite, does not do it with a view to a higher end, that is to say to the preparing himself for the service of God, but does it only for the delight itself.
  • When he looks more eagerly and industriously after the prosperity of his body than of his soul.
  • When he will not refrain from his pleasures, when God forbids them, or when they hurt his soul, or when the necessities of his soul call him away from them.
  • When the pleasures of his flesh exceeds his delights in God, and his Holy Word and ways, and the expectations of endless pleasure.
  • When he had rather be at a play, or a feast, or other entertainment, or getting good bargains or profits in the world, than to live in the life of faith and love, which would be a holy and heavenly way of living.
  • When men set their minds to scheme and study to make provision for the pleasures of the flesh, and this is first and sweetest in their thoughts.
  • When they had rather talk, or hear, or read of fleshly pleasures, than of spiritual and heavenly delights.
  • When they love the company of merry sensualists, better than the communion of saints, in which they may be exercised in the praises of their Maker.
  • When they consider that the best place to live and work is where they have the pleasure of the flesh.
  • When he will believe or like no doctrine, but “easy-believism,” and hate mortification as too strict “legalism.”
By these, and similar signs, sensuality may easily be known; indeed, by the main bent of the life.

 

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2 thoughts on “Ten Marks of a Flesh-Pleaser by Richard Baxter (1615-1691)

  1. I love your blog!!!!!

    ■When he had rather be at a play, or a feast, or other entertainment, or getting good bargains or profits in the world, than to live in the life of faith and love, which would be a holy and heavenly way of living.

    This quote convicts me! We do not hear people talk like this anymore, and it is one of the reasons I enjoy reading books by godly dead men.

  2. Gluttony is prevalent in the Church….as it is in the world. We refer to our ‘feasts’ as Fellowship meals….without ever inviting the poor to partake. We destroy the Temple of God with our drug of choice….food and its pleasures. God is not pleased. Sin is Sin. We either serve the Spirit or we serve the flesh master. There is no middle ground here. The ‘List’ is totally refreshing and on the mark with the Word. I often read the b log of a Texas minister who is morbidly obese. He insists that sexual sins are the ony sins against the body. He remains in my heart and I know that one day he will hear the voice of the Holy Spirit and reject this destructive pleasure. I know that because it is God who has placed the needs of this preacher in my heart.

    Good post, thanks.

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