A Model Of Christian Charity Analysis

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The definition of a Puritan is a person who is strict in moral or religious matters, often excessively so (Dictionary.com).The Puritans believed certain rules that have to do with their religion, one of those rules was that God had formed a unique agreement with them. They believed that God expected them to live according to the Scriptures, to reform the Anglican Church, and to set a good example that would cause those who had remained in England to change their sinful ways. Many sermons were written in the sixteen-hundreds, including one by John Winthrop and another by Robert Cushman. The two puritan sermons “A Model of Christian Charity” by John Winthrop and ”The Sin and Danger of Self-Love” by Robert Cushman have many similarities yet so …show more content…
The sermons main topic is about how God has created us diverse and unequal. He tells the reasons of why God created us all different and explains God’s laws. One of the reasons that God created everyone diverse and unequal, is so that people need each other. To explain this, God wanted everyone to have their own personality, skills, and uniqueness. If everyone was the same, how can anyone learn something new? To quote Winthrop “Every man might have need of others, and from hence they might be all knit more nearly together in the bonds of brotherly affection.” He is saying that the diversity in everyone promotes brotherly love, even though some people might not like others being different. The two laws that mainly stuck out in this sermon were the laws of Justice and Mercy. The law of Justice is the natural law, and The law of Mercy is the Law of Grace. The Law of Nature is for innocence, the time where you are the most innocent is birth. This law encourages love among neighbors and groups. The Law of Mercy (Grace) state's love for all which means to love thy neighbor and even enemies. Man, diverse and unequal, are made one body through christ and love. The applications in the sermon “A Model of Christian Charity” are for the people, work and their goals. It states that people should be knit together by faith, and they are …show more content…
“Let no man seek his own: But every man another’s wealth.”(1 Corinthians 10: 24.), is the first quote in the sermon meaning no man should not worry about just himself, he shall worry about others too. The sermon talks about how man has pride in self-love and how they abuse it. They do not only abuse self-love, they also abuse their pride. Cushman states in the sermon about how man (meaning human) project their own matters first and how they should not do such a thing. A man should not pride himself too much, or that is a sin. A man should love himself, his family and friends, yes, but he should also be able to neglect them, including himself, sometimes to help a stranger, or someone in need. Should a man care about himself as much as he should? Cushman answers this question saying no, he should be selfless. To definition of selfless is "being concerned more with the needs and wishes of others than with one's own; unselfish" (Dictionary.com). Cushman was trying to explain selflessness in many ways, including a quote from his sermon saying; “God ever commend a man for carnal love of himself? Nay he brands it, and disgraceth it, as self love, taking thought for the flesh; loving of pleasure” Rom. 13:14, 2 Tim. 3:4. He answers that quote saying that it is a natural policy

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