Continuing from Part 1, we consider two more examples of religious affections that are not necessarily gracious, since they can be experienced by believers and unbelievers alike. We see:

  • Just because affections are stirred by passages of scripture doesn’t necessarily mean they are gracious
  • Just because you seem to experience love for God the Father and the Son doesn’t mean it is the result of the Spirit’s saving grace.

We are encouraged to examine our hearts in the light of Scripture and not to settle for or be deceived by counterfeit affections.


Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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