David Clarkson, in Soul Idolatry Excludes Men Out of Heaven, does this very thing pinpointing thirteen kinds of “soul idolatry,” showing that “soul idolatry” is just. 24 Apr an old worthy Puritan named David Clarkson whose three volume set of But Clarkson is quick to remind believers of the soul idolatry that. David Clarkson Richard Baxter commended David Clarkson for “solid judgment, healing moderate principles, Soul Idolatry Excludes Men out of Heaven.

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Open, external idolatry–when men, out of a religious respect, bow to, or prostrate themselves before anything besides the true God. That which we most intend we make our god; for to be most intended is an act of worship due sol to the true God; for he being the chief good must be the last end.

Nothing can effect this, but that which is infinite—the righteousness of God. That which we most trust we make our idolahry for confidence and dependence is an act of worship which the Lord calls for as due only to himself. It is the honor due only to the Lord clarison have the first, the highest place, both in our minds and hearts and endeavors.

You are commenting using your WordPress. That which we most highly value we make our God. And our apostle, who calls covetousness idolatry, dissuades from this ‘confidence in riches’ as inconsistent with confidence in God 1 Tim. To desire anything more, or as much, as the enjoyment of Idolqtry to idolize it, to prostrate the heart to it, and worship it as God alone should be worshiped.

He alone should be that one thing desirable to us above all things. Email required Address never made public.

Soul Idolatry Excludes Men Out of Heaven

There are two kinds of idolatry: When that timewhich should be taken up with thoughts of God, is spent in thoughts of other things—when God is not in all your thoughts—or if He sometimes is there, yet if other things take a higher place in your thoughts—if when you are called to think of God—as sometimes davjd day we should do with all seriousness—if ordinarily and willingly you make these thoughts of God give place to other things, it is idolatry.


Other things may be minded; but if they be more minded than God, it is idolatry—the worship of God is given to the creature. He who serves his lusts is as incapable of entering heaven, as he who worships idols of wood or stone!

And what act of worship is there which the Lord more requires than this soul-dependence upon Him alone? Notify me of new comments via email. That which we most aim at, we make our God. But Clarkson is quick to remind believers of the soul idolatry that remains in us.

We cannot serve God and clarksoon, God and our lusts too, because this service of ourselves, of the world, takes up that care, that industry, those endeavours, which the Lord must have of necessity, if we will serve him as God; and when these are laid out upon the world and idklatry lusts, we serve them as the Lord ought to be served, and so make them our gods.

That which we most delight and rejoice in, that we worship as God; for transcendent delight is an act of worship due only to God; and this affection, in its height and elevation, is called glorying.

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Soul idolatry will exclude men out of heaven as well as open idolatry. For a such a person is really an idolater who worships the things of this world.

All other things are to be loved in Him and for Him. For esteem is an act of soul worship.

That to which we are most grateful, that we worship as God; for gratitude is an act of worship. When this worship is communicated to other things, whatever they are, we thereby make them idols, and commit idolatry. To ascribe that, which comes from God unto the creatures, is to set them in the place of God and so to worship them. These are the three great idols of worldly men, to which they prostrate their souls! Thanks for this one—very challengin and I linked to it today on my blog.


He counts this a full recompense for all his tears, prayers, inquiries, waitings, endeavors.

David Clarkson Quotes (Author of Soul Idolatry Excludes Men Out of Heaven)

To take more delight in relations, wife, or children, in outward comforts and accommodations, than in God—is to worship them, as we ought only to worship God.

It is His prerogative to be the hope of His people Jer. Now according to this distinction of worship, there are two sorts of idolatry—. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes. When a man bows to or prostrates himself before a thing, this is the worship of the body.

These are the three great idols of worldly men, to which they prostrate their souls! That which we most doul we worship as our god; for fear is an act of worship.

And this we have only in and from Christ. That to which we are most grateful, that idollatry worship as God. Love to the creature, whenever it is inordinate, it is an idolatrous affection. Now the chief end must be our chief aim—it must be intended and aimed at for itself; and all other things must be aimed at for its sake in a subserviency to it.

God is so amazing in how He leads us right to what we need at every turn.