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The Mischief of Sin (Puritan Writings) Hardcover – June 1, 1994
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Thomas Watson is a poet, writing since age ten, and a young Christian at the age of sixty-three. Retired from the Air Force and currently employed as a County Legal Clerk, Thomas enjoys his new found love for Christ in his writings and through the fellowship of his friends at Valley Baptist Church of San Rafael, California. He has been blessed with a step-daughter, two grand daughters, and three great grandchildren who, though distant in miles, are always close in his heart. He also has a sister who knew the secret of the mighty love of Christ as a child, and has shared it with those she has known through her compassion and beautiful heart. Professing that the words he writes belong to God, Thomas enjoys reading to the congregation an occasional poem, wishing to glorify Him. Tom currently lives in Novato, California, with his dog, Tippie. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Sin will bring a man low,at times,in this life but in the life to come,it will completely cast him down.One will be completely cast down in this sense-"the torments of hell shall be in every part of body and soul." The unseen part of man-the mind,the conscience,the whole soul...,will suffer in hell,as well as the physical body. Luke 16:24 'Send Lazarus,that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue;for I am tormented in this flame.' In this life if just one part of the body is out of joint(a toothache,back pain,an upset stomach sore throat...)it seems unbearable the longer it lasts but this is just a foretaste of the torments that must be endured in 'The Lake Of Fire'.In this age the duration of pain and suffering,relatively speaking,is only temporary and for some who experience excellent health,it is very minimal,but not so in the age to come-"the torments of hell have no period put to them". Revelation 14:11 'The smoke of their torment ascendeth up forever and ever'. For someone who is nearing death,the pain and agony can often be far worse-"always dying,but never dead." In hell,there will be no pity,compassion or mercy.To one who is suffering,those things can help ease the suffering,but there will be no such comforts in hell from God or men.Not only will God not pity,the damned in hell,he will laugh at them.Proverbs 1:26 'I will laugh at your calamity.'
Thomas Watson then gives five reasons why sin must bring a man low-1."Sin must bring a man low because the sinner labors to do what he can to bring God low"-The nature of sin is that it would destroy God if that were possible,but falling short of that it seeks to have God far from the hearts and thoughts of men(to have God removed from their consciousness)Psalm 14:1a 'The fool has said in his heart,there is no God',Psalm 10:4 'The wicked through the pride of his countenance,will not seek after God:God is not in all his thoughts',Psalm 28:5 'Because they regard not the works of the Lord,nor the operation of his hands,he shall destroy them...'. God is thought of lightly,if at all,or is often looked at as if he were similar to sinful man.
What type of sinners are exposed to greater Judgement? 1."Such as are willfully ignorant"-Hosea 4:6 'Because thou hast rejected knowledge'.2.Those who sin presumptuously-they had knowledge of that which was good but refused to do it.James 4:17 'Who know to do good but do it not.' They sin against their own conscience,which will be a witness against them,when the judgement of God comes upon them.3."Lovers of sin"-"it is bad enough to tell a lie,but he who loves a lie...". Even when believers fall to temptation(and there is repentance afterwards)there is a resisting and a hatred of sin even when they are overcome by it- was this not part of the Apostle Paul's experience with indwelling sin which is given to us in Romans 7:15 'For that which I do I allow not... but what I hate that I do...'
If one would grow in their love for God,their hatred for sin must be increasing as well.Soli Deo Gloria(who initially published this work)have done a great service to the Church of Christ in reprinting valued Puritan works such as Thomas Watson's 'The Mischief Of Sin' which was previously unavailable to the majority of God's people.A book such as this can be greatly used of the Lord to promote godliness in the heart and life of those who love the Lord.