Be Sure Not to Violate the First Commandment

And how do you do that?  By avoiding the sorts of sins listed in the Westminster Confession-

Q. What are the sins forbidden in the first commandment?

A. The sins forbidden in the first commandment are,

Atheism, in denying, or not having a God;

Idolatry, in having or worshipping more gods than one, or any with or instead of the true God;
the not having and avouching him for God, and our God;

the omission or neglect of any thing due to him, required in this commandment;

ignorance, forgetfulness, misapprehensions, false opinions, unworthy and wicked thoughts of him;
bold and curious searching into his secrets;

all profaneness, hatred of God;

self-love, self-seeking, and all other inordinate and immoderate setting of our mind, will, or affections upon other things, and taking them off from him in whole or in part;

vain credulity, unbelief, heresy, misbelief, distrust, despair, incorrigibleness and insensibleness under judgments, hardness of heart, pride, presumption, carnal security, tempting of God;

using unlawful means, and trusting in unlawful means;

carnal delights and joys;

corrupt, blind, and indiscreet zeal;

lukewarmness, and deadness in the things of God;

estranging ourselves, and apostatizing from God;

praying, or giving any religious worship, to saints, angels, or any other creatures;

all compacts and consulting with the devil, and hearkening to his suggestions;

making men the lords of our faith and conscience;

slighting and despising God and his commands;

resisting and grieving of his Spirit, discontent and impatience at his dispensations, charging him foolishly for the evils he inflicts on us;

and ascribing the praise of any good we either are, have, or can do, to fortune, idols, ourselves, or any other creature. (WC 1:105).

Quite a list, isn’t it. Take care to be diligent to avoid them all. That way you’ll keep the First Commandment.

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One thought on “Be Sure Not to Violate the First Commandment

  1. Michael Acidri 9 Sep 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Surely this is meat and not milk! More insights from the West Minster Confession pleeeease!

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