The Pleasures of Sin (audio & text) – William Arnot (1808–1875)


The Pleasures of Sin (audio & text) – William Arnot (1808–1875)

From Illustrations From the Book of Proverbs “The plague is as rampant in our streets as it is represented to be in the Proverbs. Mankind has sat for the picture: there is no mistake in the outline; there is no exaggeration in the coloring. It is a mirror held up for the world to see itself in. Dark as the lines are in which the importunate, shameless solicitations of a wanton woman are drawn on this page, they are not darker than the reality, as seen in our crowded thoroughfares by day and by night. The vulture, with unerring instinct, scents the carrion and flutters around the place where it lies until an opportunity occurs of alighting upon it and satiating her appetite on the loathsome food. The power of sin lies in its pleasure. If stolen waters were not sweet, no one would steal the waters. This is part of the mystery in which our being is involved by the fall, and it is one of the most fearful features of our case. Our appetite is diseased. If our bodily appetite were so perverted that it should crave for what is poisonous and loathe wholesome food, we would not give ourselves up to each random inclination: the risk of death would be great and valuing life, we would set a guard on the side of danger. But in man fallen there is a diseased relish for that which destroys. Sin, which is the death of a man’s soul, is yet sweet to the man’s taste.”

Rev William Arnot (1808–1875) was a Scottish minister and theological writer. He was born on 6 November 1808 at a farm in the parish of Forgandenny near Scone, where his father was a farmer. William was the youngest of seven children. His mother died at his birth.[ He was educated at the local parish school then trained as a gardener alongside his older brother Robert Arnot. He worked independently as a gardener from age 16 to 20. He then decided to study for the ministry. In November 1828 he left for Glasgow and, after a year of private study, entered Glasgow University in October 1829. He had two noteworthy classmates, whose biographies he later wrote: James Halley, who died quite young, and James Hamilton, later minister of the National Scotch Church in Regent Square, London. After completing his theological studies he was licensed by the Church of Scotland in October 1837 and became assistant minister to Rev John Bonar of Larbert and Dunipace.

In 1838 he found a patron and was ordained minister of St Peter’s Church in Glasgow, one of the new quoad sacra churches built under the extension scheme of Rev Thomas Chalmers. At the Disruption of 1843 he left the established church and joined the Free Church of Scotland, taking a large portion of his congregation with him. In 1863, on the appointment of Rev Dr Robert Rainy to a professorship, Arnot was called to replace Rainy as minister of the Free High Church in Edinburgh, housed in New College, Edinburgh. While in Edinburgh, from 1871, he edited a monthly religious magazine, the Family Treasury. He three times visited America: in 1845, to minister in the dominion of Canada; in 1870 as a delegate from the Free Church of Scotland to congratulate the presbyterian churches in the northern states on their reunion; and for the third time, in 1873, as a member of the Evangelical Alliance, to attend its meetings at New York.

Having been a sympathiser with the northern states and the anti-slavery movement, he was well received in the United States. The honorary degree of D.D. was offered to Arnot by the University of Glasgow, and afterwards formally by the University of New York; but for personal reasons he declined both. He died after a six month illness at his home, 8 Merchiston Avenue in Edinburgh, 3 June 1875. He is buried beneath a huge but simple red granite monument in the northern half of the SE section of Grange, Cemetery in Edinburgh.

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Gospel According to John – Audio Bible Reading ( New Testament / NASB )


Gospel According to John – Audio Bible Reading ( New Testament / NASB )

Chapter 1 0:00 In the Beginning Was the Word
Chapter 2 6:46 The Wedding at Cana
Chapter 3 10:04 The New Birth
Chapter 4 15:11 Jesus in Galilee and Samaria
Chapter 5 22:10 The Healing at Bethesda
Chapter 6 28:24 Five Thousand Fed
Chapter 7 37:50 Jesus Teaches at the Feast
Chapter 8 44:40 The Adulterous Woman
Chapter 9 52:55 Jesus Heals the Blind Man
Chapter 10 58:15 Parable of the Good Shepherd
Chapter 11 1:03:21 The Resurrection of Lazarus
Chapter 12 1:10:10 Mary Anoints Jesus / The Triumphal Entry
Chapter 13 1:18:17 The Lord’s Supper
Chapter 14 1:23:55 Jesus Comforts His Disciples
Chapter 15 1:28:15 Jesus is the True Vine
Chapter 16 1:32:02 Jesus’ Warning
Chapter 17 1:36:44 Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer
Chapter 18 1:40:52 Judas Betrays Jesus / Jesus’ Trial
Chapter 19 1:46:54 The Crucifixion
Chapter 20 1:53:46 Jesus is Risen!
Chapter 21 1:58:35 Jesus, Peter and John at the Sea of Galilee

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Punishments of Sin – Puritan Thomas Ridgley (From a Commentary On the Westminster Larger Catechism)


Punishments of Sin – Puritan Thomas Ridgley
(From a Commentary On the Westminster Larger Catechism)

2 Thessalonians 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie Numbers 32:23 But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the Lord: and be sure your sin will find you out.
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Declension from First Love – Charles Spurgeon Audio Sermons


Declension from First Love – Charles Spurgeon Audio Sermons

Revelation 2:4 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 4 But I have this against you, that you have left your first love.
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Facebook Insider Leaks Docs; Explains “Deboosting” “Troll Report” & Political Targeting in Interview


Facebook Insider Leaks Docs; Explains “Deboosting” “Troll Report” & Political Targeting in Interview

Project Veritas has obtained and published documents and presentation materials from a former Facebook insider. This information describes how Facebook engineers plan and go about policing political speech. Screenshots from a Facebook workstation show the specific technical actions taken against political figures, as well as “[e]xisting strategies” taken to combat political speech.

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The Sweet Uses of Adversity – Charles Spurgeon Audio Sermons


The Sweet Uses of Adversity – Charles Spurgeon Audio Sermons
Job 10:2 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 2 “I will say to God, ‘Do not condemn me; Let me know why You contend with me.
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The Great Desire of the Saints – Puritan Thomas Boston Sermon


The Great Desire of the Saints – Puritan Thomas Boston Sermon

Psalm 4:6 New King James Version (NKJV) 6 There are many who say, “Who will show us any good?” Lord, lift up the light of Your countenance upon us.
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