Grumbling about the Government (Newton)

Recently, I heard Sinclair Ferguson talk about a character named "Querulus" in one of John Newton's letters. Querulus (or querulous) basically means complaining and whining. In Letter 35 from the first volume of Newton's Works, he talks about a Christian named Querulus. It's definitely based on a true story - or true stories! Even though …

No Reason to Complain (Brooks)

When we face trials and afflictions, sometimes we complain.  We grumble why such and such is happening to us, we complain that other people deserve the trial, or we murmur at the pain and hardship of it all.  Even mature Christians sometimes grumble when trials come.  If the trial is really difficult, it's hard not …

When Sin Turns into an Affliction (Bunyan)

Israel's complaining and grumbling began early on in the wilderness years. In fact, if my count is correct, they complained around 5 times in the first year or so after God rescued them from Egypt.  In one instance of their grumbling, God gave Israel what they whined for: meat to eat.  In fact, God said …

A Kind Of Implicit Blasphemy In Complaining (Boston)

If you know a few things about Israel's wilderness years, you know they complained and grumbled more than once.  Israel's grumbling was a terrible sin, because it showed that they doubted God's providence and promise, it showed their arrogant and covetous hearts, and it showed they didn't trust God.  Paul says we can learn from …

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