The new convert asked in frustration: "I am told every Sunday to be holy. I am admonished to be righteous and obedient. But how do I avoid sin?" Herein the great John Owen (1616-1683 Puritan theologian from Oxfordshire) gives an outstanding short treatise on the mortification of sin.
Owens explains: "When sin lets us alone we may let sin alone; but as sin is never less quiet than when it seems to be most quiet, and its waters are for the most part deep when they are still, so ought our contrivances against it to be vigorous at all times and in all ways"
"The Mortification of Sin" was written by the erudite scholar and outstanding Puritan John Owen who advocates the essential truth that the believer must put off sin, its entrapments and allurements. Through the Word and Spirit, God has supplied effective and potent spiritual resources for the Christian to grow in sanctification. This is an aged book penned by a Puritan, yet, or actually thus, it is powerful and effectual for the modern Christian. We all need the truth of scripture systematized in this mighty volume.
Owen asks: "Do you mortify? Do you make it your daily work? Be always at it whilst you live; cease not a day from this work; be killing sin or it will be killing you"
He adds: "The vigor and power and comfort of our spiritual life depends on our mortification of deeds of the flesh"
He is the author of the finest commentary on the Book of Hebrews; also a must read.
Owens warns: "The custom of sinning takes away the sense of it, the course of the world takes away the shame of it"
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