D. Scott Meadows
Newton is not teaching the philosophy of hedonism that enjoyment is a reliable guide for how we should live. Rather, he grants his friend’s hedonistic premise for the sake of argument and makes a case for godly living even from this. That is a subtle but important distinction, and with that understood, Newton’s letter sets a good example of Christian persuasion.
Arthur W. Pink
And why take ye thought for raiment? (Matthew 6:28).
All care for apparel is not here forbidden. There is a lawful and godly concern, whereby we may labor honestly and in a sober manner for such clothing as is [suitable] for the station of life that Divine providence has allotted us: such as is needful to the health and comfort of our bodies.
In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety (1 Timothy 2:9).
Noah Webster defines modesty as “that lowly temper which accompanies a moderate estimate of one’s own worth and importance."
D. Scott Meadows
If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself (Jn 7.17).
We gather from all this that faith is the eye of the soul, while unbelief is spiritual blindness and a moral defect for which we are most culpable. Religious agnosticism and skepticism are to be severely censured, not just pitied.
Robert G. Spinney
The Christian’s wardrobe is no small matter. The daily statements we make with our clothing—intentional or unintentional, interpreted correctly or incorrectly—are among the boldest statements we make. Thinking Christianly about clothing involves many issues…
Now one of them, when he saw that he had been healed, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice, and he fell on his face at His feet, giving thanks to Him. And he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But the nine—where are they? (Luke 17:15-17).
We are told that of all the ten lepers whom Christ healed, there was only one who turned back and gave Him thanks. The lesson before us is humbling, heart-searching, and deeply instructive.
The Lord’s Day
The Golden Age of Puritan Preaching Dr. Joel R. Beeke
The Pastor’s Use of the Law (1) Albert N. Martin
The Foundations of the Sabbath (1) Dr. Alan J. Dunn
The Church as the Bride of Christ Gordon Cook
God’s Design and Plan for Husbands (1) Jeff Smith
The New Covenant People of God and Paedobaptism (1) Dr. Alan J. Dunn