Friday, April 27, 2012

A Voice from the Past - John Owens

When a man on some outward respects forsakes the practice of any sin, men perhaps may look on him as a changed man. God knows that to his former iniquity he has added cursed hypocrisy, and is now on a safer path to hell than he was before.He has got another heart than he had, that is more cunning; not a new heart that is more holy.

John Owen, 1616-1683, Of the Mortification of Sin in Believers, Part II, The Nature of Mortification, Chapter 5 (Overcoming Sin and Temptation, edited by Kelly M. Kapic and Justin Taylor, Crossway Books, 2006, p. 70).

Is this a real danger? If so what steps should we take to avoid it?

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