The vain religion of the formal hypocrite, and the mischief of an unbridled tongue (as against religion, rulers, or dissenters)
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The vain religion of the formal hypocrite, and the mischief of an unbridled tongue (as against religion, rulers, or dissenters) described, in several sermons, preached at the Abby in Westminster, before many members of the Honourable House of Commons, 1660 ; and The fools prosperity, the occasion of his destruction : a sermon preached at Covent-Garden

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Published by Printed by R.W. for F. Tyton, and Nevel Simmons in London .
Written in English


  • Sermons, English -- 17th century.

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Other titlesFool"s prosperity, Fool"s prosperity.
Statementby Richard Baxter.
SeriesEarly English books, 1641-1700 -- 483:2.
ContributionsBaxter, Richard, 1615-1691.
The Physical Object
Pagination[18], 340 p.
Number of Pages340
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL16763386M

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So imagine my surprise, when, perusing a little treatise entitled, The vain religion of the formal hypocrite, and the mischief of an unbridled tongue, penned by the Puritan theologian Richard Baxter in , I came across this. Scriptural View of pure religion -- James We learn early in the book of James that an unbridled tongue is a certain proof of a man being only "seemingly religious." James identified what he called "Pure Religion." He said, (1) Pure religion is valuable, but pretend religion is worthless.   I urge Muslim mullahs and Hindu priests to read the sermon of the 17 th century English puritan Richard Baxter titled, The Vain Religion of the Formal Hypocrite, and the Mischief of an Unbridled. The unbridled tongue is often the tongue of a hasty, choleric person. II. THE RELIGION OF THE MAN WHO DOES NOT BRIDLE HIS TONGUE IS VAIN. 1. He deceives his own heart. 2. He only seems to be religious. 3. He proves that one great ruling sin at least remains unsubdued. III. THE CONSEQUENCES OF AN UNBRIDLED TONGUE ARE SERIOUS. 1. To the person himself.

  This power of the unbridled tongue, as James says, is sufficient to invalidate one’s whole religion. “If anyone thinks to be religious among you, yet does not bridle his tongue, but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is vain.” Vain, as James uses it here means useless; unprofitable to himself and others. Read this quotation from the introduction of the book The Pilgrims of New England by Mrs. J. B. Webb. All the principal incidents that are woven into the narrative are strictly historical, and are derived from authentic sources, which give an impartial picture both of the virtues and the failings of . The life of the Custom-House lies like a dream behind me. The old Inspector,—who, by the by, I regret to say, was overthrown and killed by a horse, some time ago; else he would certainly have lived forever,—he, and all those other venerable personages who sat with him at the receipt of custom, are but shadows in my view; white-headed and wrinkled images, which my fancy used to sport with. In the book of Proverbs, there is a "fire" passage that has to do with the tongue. "Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; and where there is no talebearer, strife ceases. As charcoal is to burning coals, and wood to fire, so is a contentious man to kindle strife" (Pr , 21).

The Kolbrin is a collection of ancient manuscripts said to have been salvaged from the Glastonbury Abbey arson in The Kolbrin is also said to have had a connection to Jesus, historically through his Great-Uncle, Joseph of Arimathea.. This Culdian Trust version of The Kolbrin was publically disclosed online by Professor James M. McCanney, M.S. It is vain, therefore, to talk of righteousness apart from religion. Such righteousness has no more beauty than the trunk of a body deprived of its head. The French is “Tout ainsi comme si quelcun vouloit faire une belle monstre d’un corps sans teste;” just as if one were to try to make a beautiful monster of a body without a head. James 19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: James 26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. James 12 So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty. Carefully note that God"s measuring stick for spiritual maturity INCLUDES the use of our tongues. People can memorize a good amount of Scripture and have a good grasp of many Biblical truths, and yet have an unbridled tongue (James ). Points To Note: What James says here couldn"t be more relevant for the church on the verge of the 21st Century.