The Mortification of Sin
In this abridgement of The Mortification of Sin, the famous Puritan John Owen shows the need for Christians to engage in a life-long battle against the sinful tendencies that remain in them, despite their having been brought to faith and new life in Christ.
Owen is very insistent that believers cannot hope to succeed in this battle in their own strength. He sees clearly that the fight can be won only through faith in Christ, and in the power of the Spirit. Fighting sin with human strength will produce only self-righteousness, superstition and anxiety of conscience. But with faith in Christ, and with the power of the Spirit, victory is certain. The temptations in times like Owen's and ours are obvious on every side; the remedy to them is clearly pointed out in this practical and helpful book.
"Sin does not only still abide in us, but is still acting, still labouring to bring forth the deeds of the flesh. 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 conditions, even where there is least suspicion..."
What Others Are Saying
Nothing will rekindle a longing for the knowledge of God and His holiness than a return to acknowledging our bent toward evil and discovering how to deal with the "sin that so easily besets us". John Owens, well known Puritan theologian wrote his classic Christian manual, The Mortification of Sin during a time when people were encouraged and exhorted to think deeply about sins' ramifications and how it affected God and his kingdom (and not just themselves). This little book teachs about spiritual warfare and how to view the wiles and ways of our spiritual enemy; to know sin - "to labor to be aquainted with the ways, wiles, methods, advantages and occasions of it's success..." I highly recommend this book to any serious contender for the faith of Gospel of Jesus Christ.
A must-read for all Christians. It makes you hate your sin and fall more deeply in love with your Lord.
- A.R. Ortiz
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