Pristine Grace

Altogether Vanity
by John Bunyan
Altogether Vanity

     I find to this day seven abominations in my heart:

  1. Inclining to unbelief;
  2. Suddenly to forget the love and mercy that Christ manifesteth;
  3. A leaning to the works of the law;
  4. Wanderings and coldness in prayer;
  5. To forget to watch for that I pray for;
  6. Apt to murmur because I have no more, and yet ready to abuse what I have;
  7. I can do none of those things which God commands me, but my corruptions will thrust in themselves.

     When I would do good, evil is present with me. These things I continually see and feel, and am afflicted and oppressed with, yet the wisdom of God doth order them for my good;

  1. They make me abhor myself;
  2. They keep me from trusting my heart;
  3. They convince me of the insufficiency of all inherent righteousness;
  4. They show me the necessity of flying to Jesus;
  5. They press me to pray unto God;
  6. They show me the need I have to watch and be sober;
  7. And provoke me to pray unto God, through Christ to help me, and carry me through this world.