The Poor Caitiff. Chapter Four: Of Perfect Life, The Counsel of Christ

Those that will turn truly to Christ must flee occasions, words, sights, and deeds, exciting to sin. For when the fiend sees one among a hundred who withstands his enticings, and turns to God and follows the steps of Christ, by virtues, despising the joys of this present life, and seeking to love everlasting heavenly things, he finds a thousand frauds to beguile and trouble, and a thousand manners of temptations to cast him down from God’s love to the love of the world. And he begins at the least, that by foul thoughts he makes him be foul towards God. He brings to man’s mind the lusts which he hath used before and tells to his thought that he may not leave all his worldly and fleshly likings; and saith. It is too hard for a man to put himself from all present mirth. He stirs up fantasies, and vain thoughts innumerable, and unprofitable affections which before were asleep.

By John Wycliffe

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