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George Whitfield on intrusive thoughts and the Christian

Via Grantley Morris, courtesy of Ralph:

There are Christians who feel like God has rejected them and mistakenly suppose that their Lord will spurn them for all of eternity and yet, despite it all, these amazing men and women of God continue to do their best to serve the Lord. Most Christians can only gasp in awe that anyone feeling this way would continue with God. I am convinced that such people will be exalted forever as heaven's heroes. Here is an excerpt from George Whitefield: And think not that God is angry with you for these distracting, though ever so blasphemous thoughts. No, He knows it is not you, but Satan working in you; and therefore, though God will certainly punish him; yet reward and pity you. And though it is difficult to make persons in your circumstances to believe so; yet I do not doubt that you are more acceptable to God when performing your holy duties in the midst of such involuntary distractions, than when you are wrapped up by devotion, as it were, into the third heavens; for when the unwanted thoughts come you are suffering, as well as doing the will of God.

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