Wednesday, December 3, 2014

John Tillotson on Immutability

John Tillotson (1630-1694) was the the Archbishop of Canterbury from 1691-1694. The following brief quotations are taken from a sermon he preached on the doctrine of Divine Immutability.
And, as mutability in God would darken all his other perfections, so would it take away the foundation and comfort of all religion; the ground of our faith, and hope, and fear, of our love and esteem of God, would be quite taken away. We could have no great honor or esteem for a being that is fickle and inconstant; if his power and justice were uncertain, his threatenings would, in a great measure, lose their awe and force; if his truth and faithfulness could fail, no promises and declarations, how gracious whatsoever would be any security or firm ground of trust and confidence.
Later he adds:
And, first, the unchangeableness of God is matter of great terror to wicked men. Let but the sinner consider what God is, and the consideration of his unchangeable nature must needs terrify him: “Your eyes are too pure to approve evil” (Habakkuk 1:13.)
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