The Disordered Christian

Puritan Thomas Watson describes him here:

There is one great difference between a child of God and a hypocrite. The hypocrite picks and chooses in religion. He will perform some duties, which are easier and gratify his pride or interest, but other duties he takes no notice of: “You tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law – judgment, mercy, and faith,” (Matt. 23:23). To sweat in some duties of religion and freeze in others is the symptom of a disordered Christian. Jehu was zealous in destroying the idolatry of Baal, but let the golden calves of Jeroboam stand (2 Kings 10:29).

[The Godly Man’s Picture, p.167 in Banner of Truth Puritan Paperback edition]

Which reminds us that some duties these days are more popular. Many professing Christians (of various persuasions) burn for:

  • abstinence from certain substances
  • witnessing to unbelievers
  • studying the Bible with others (Amen!)
  • public worship
  • external singing and making music to the Lord
  • engaging the culture
  • social justice

While many have become cold for:

  • fasting
  • secret prayer
  • rebuking the wicked
  • tithing and giving to the church
  • loving the church before and in priority over the world
  • family worship
  • forgiveness
  • private study and prayer

Oh, may we run from bringing hypocrisy on the name of Jesus! Christian, do you burn for all of your duties, or just your favorites? If only for your favorites, who is the true master of your duties?


About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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