Repost: Important Revelations (1 of 2)

As I’m taking a bit of a respite from blogging, I remembered that I can do what other slackers do and just repost stuff I’ve written before. How easy is that?

This one is serious though. I feel it’s the most important thing God has shown me and that I’ve posted in a long time.

When we’re convicted of sin, or spoken to by God, or our eyes are opened to something in Scripture, we can’t expect it to have the same impact on others as it has had on us. It’s very frustrating to read authors who feel that everybody has the same weaknesses. People are on different timetables and have different strengths and weaknesses. But aside from that, the sin of murmuring, as Thomas Watson puts it, is something I see a lot of that goes largely unnoticed, including myself of course, until recently. I mean noticed, not taken care of. That will come. But I’ve made progress already. The post is recent, from July 2.



This is a sin I haven’t really been aware of much lately. It isn’t talked about often. Thomas Watson writes about this in The Art of Divine Contentment. I’ve been making an effort to think more positively, or less negatively, but when he uses the word murmur and explains it like he does, it’s very convicting. I can see how this is subtly insidious, and the devil would love to see a lot of it, without our ever really realizing it as long as it stays under the radar, so to speak. I can also see how profitable this would be if it could be reduced by working on it with God’s grace.

Thou that art a murmurer art in the account of God as a witch, a sorcerer, as one that deals with the devil: this is a sin of the first magnitude. Murmuring oft ends in cursing: Micah’s mother fell to cursing when the talents of silver were taken away, (Judges 17:2) so doth the murmurer when a part of his estate is taken away. Our murmuring is the devil’s music; this is that sin which God cannot bear: “how long shall I bear with this evil congregation which murmur against me?” (Num. 14:27) It is a sin which whets the sword against a people: it is a land-destroying sin; “neither murmur ye as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.” (1 Cor. 10:10) It is a ripening sin this; without mercy it will hasten England’s funerals. O then how excellent is , which prevents this sin! To be contented, and yet murmur is a : a contented Christian doth acquiesce in his present condition, and doth not murmur, but admire. Herein appears the excellency of contentation; it is a spiritual antidote against sin.

I think that letting this happen is one way that nice young people can become cranky old people. Not cranky like Carl Trueman, but truly mean and destructively negative people. But remember not to murmur about them. Some are in a lot of pain in one way or another, have systems in their brain or hormones that are out of whack, or who knows what. And some people have a heart of gold under that protective veneer.

Do everything without grumbling or arguing,
Philippians 2:14 NIV

Also see (because people murmur a lot about politics and whatnot):
The Contemporary Calvinist: Christians Have a Choice to Make: God or Country?

Being content
In rhetoric, a solecism is defined as an offense against the rules of grammar by the use of words in a wrong construction; false syntax.

3 Responses to “Repost: Important Revelations (1 of 2)”

  1. 1 Clare Trowbridge

    Dear Zealot,
    We mustn’t forget the scriptual admonishment from “Life and death are in the power of the tongue” and the words Jesus used to show we will give an accounting for every word spoken. selah. Does not the Holy Spirit guide us bfore we utter words that cause pain and suffering to others and give the enemy of our souls a field day? So I heartedly agree with you and thank you for the much needed reprint…Chaplain Merlin Carothers recently said “The happiness that we can choose to have by an act of our will is rapidly becoming a lost art.” August’13 (“Praise News”)
    Revival clearly does begin with each one of us! You are appreciated! Clare (Rev.19:7,1 Thes.5:16, Phil.4:4, Matt.5:12

  2. 2 Thomas Provost

    I love the statement – “Our murmuring is the devil’s music. I bet gossip is like a masterful symphony to his ears. What must our love, adoration, thanksgiving and praise be to our Heavenly Father?

  3. 3 Scripture Zealot

    Thank you Clare and you’re welcome.

    Tom–oh, gossip too! How difficult it is to live by Eph 4:29, which I don’t think about nearly as often as I should.

    (BTW I’m putting ‘Murmuring’ as a heading on that repost.)

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