Belief and the First Commandment

Continuing to draw from the Westminster Larger Catechism on sins forbidden by the First Commandment, this sermon primarily emphasizes the fact that unbelief is a violation of the First Commandment, because it denies to God the honor of relying upon His word.  Every form of unbelief, whether it be rejection of Christ as Saviour, or a refusal to rely upon His divine providence and goodness, is a transgression of the first of the Ten Commandments.

This message also deals with incorrigibleness, insensibility under judgments, and despair.  Each of these constitutes a refusal to humble ourselves before God, submitting to His authority and His providence.  Thereby, we place ourselves and our desires ahead of God, which plainly transgresses the very letter of the commandment.