To Ponder:

The Almost Christian!

“You almost persuade me to become a Christian!” Acts 26:28. How far a man may go in the way to heaven–and yet be but almost a Christian? This is shown in twenty various steps: 1. A man may have much knowledge–and yet be but almost a Christian. 2. A man may have great and eminent spiritual gifts–and yet be but almost a Christian. 3. A man may have a high profession of religion, be much in external duties of godliness–and yet be but almost a Christian. 4. A man may go far in opposing his sin–and yet be but almost a Christian. 5. A man may hate sin–and yet be but almost a Christian. 6. A man may make great vows and promises, strong purposes and resolutions against sin–and yet be but an almost Christian. 7. A man may maintain a strife and combat against sin–and yet be but almost a Christian. 8. A man may be a member of a Christian church–and yet be but almost a Christian. 9. A man may have great hopes of Heaven–and yet be but almost a Christian. 10. A man may be under visible changes–and yet be but almost a Christian. 11. A man may be very zealous in matters of religion–and yet be but almost a Christian. 12. A man may be much in prayer–and yet be but almost a Christian. 13. A man may suffer for Christ–and yet be but almost a Christian. 14. A man may be called by God and embrace his call–and yet be but an almost Christian. 15. A man may have the Spirit of God–and yet be but almost a Christian. 16. A man may have faith–and yet be but almost a Christian. 17. A man may have a love to the people of God–and yet be but almost a Christian. 18. A man may obey the commands of God–and yet be but almost a Christian. 19. A man may be sanctified–and yet be but almost a Christian. 20. A man may do all the external duties and worship which a true Christian can–and yet be but almost a Christian. (Matthew Mead, “The Almost Christian Discovered; Or, The False Professor Tried!” 1661)

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