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The Mortification of Sin (Puritan Paperbacks) Paperback – Abridged, May 1, 2004
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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.
|Indwelling Sin in Believers by John Owen||Temptation Resisted and Repulsed by John Owen||The Glory of Christ by John Owen|
|Topic||Spiritual Growth, Man & Sin||Spiritual Growth||Spiritual Growth, Encouragement, Jesus Christ|
|Series||Puritan Paperbacks||Puritan Paperbacks||Puritan Paperbacks|
|Original Pub Date||1667||1658||1684|
John Owen was born in 1616 in Stadhampton, Oxfordshire and died in Ealing, West London, in 1683. During his sixty-seven years he lived out a life full of spiritual experience, literary accomplishment, and national influence so beyond most of his peers that he continues to merit the accolade of 'the greatest British theologian of all time.'
Despite his other achievements, Owen is best famed for his writings. These cover the range of doctrinal, ecclesiastical and practical subjects. They are characterized by profundity, thoroughness and, consequently, authority. Andrew Thomson said that Owen 'makes you feel when he has reached the end of his subject, that he has also exhausted it.' Although many of his works were called forth by the particular needs of his own day they all have a uniform quality of timelessness. The Banner of Truth Trust has reprinted his Works in twenty-three volumes.
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- Item Weight : 5.4 ounces
- Paperback : 144 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0851518672
- ISBN-13 : 978-0851518671
- Publisher : Banner of Truth; abridged edition (May 1, 2004)
- Dimensions : 5.16 x 0.58 x 7.18 inches
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #129,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Some people I've met online imply that there is no such thing as “sin.” But you only need a quick glance at the news to see how terrible sin really is and how it destroys peace of mind. What we all need to do is figure out how to make the world a better place by limiting and avoiding sin at all costs. And because we are humans this is a difficult thing to do without God's help.
As John Owen says: “be killing sin or it will be killing you.” These are strong words but anyone who knows about sin will agree. The slavery to sin talked about in this book includes the topics of covetousness, lust, wrath, envy, unregenerancy, pride, malice, pride, unbelief, selfishness, corruption, anger, unruly passions and tumultuous affections. There is not individual counsel for each sin, but a general call to struggle with sin until it is defeated. Christians who have defeated sins in their lives know the joy of being free.
What if we replaced sin with strength, peace of mind, joy, power, comfort, courage, discipline, love, grace and goodness? Would we not be happier? From experience I can say yes...you will finally have the joy you are looking for. When you struggle with sins like covetousness it can be all consumming. Not to mention anger which tends to ruin all your relationships. So sin is worth fighting against simply because you will be happier. God will be happier with you too.
Don't be surprised if this book convicts you of your sins. Sometimes we don't know we are sinning because no one has confronted us or we haven’t read the whole Bible so don't know about all the types of sin. Some have made it simpler by referring to the seven deadly sins, etc.
While reading this book I was impressed with the author's knowledge of the Bible and how he was able to remember exact scripture to make his points so eloquently. He presents some very convincing arguments. So much of the struggle with sin is in the mind. Is it not? If we can stop it there we will prevent much sorrow. John Owen realizes this and encourages the reader to challenge and eradicate sin from your life as soon as possible.
It is true that perfection seems a gradual process. You have to know what you are dealing with before you can deal with it. So be patient with yourself and address one fault at a time. Soon you will be free. I'm still working on a few sins myself so this book was helpful in that regard.
This book seems written for male professors but really it is about the human condition and can apply to men or women.
~The Rebecca Review
"The choicest believers, who are assuredly freed from the condemning power of sin, ought yet to make it their business all their days to mortify the indwelling power of sin."
"Mortification from a self-strength, carried on by ways of self-invention, unto the end of a self-righteousness, is the soul and substance of all false religion in the world."
"...the mortification of indwelling sin remaining in our mortal bodies, that it may not have life and power to bring forth the works or deeds of the flesh is the constant duty of believers."
"If sin be subtle, watchful, strong, and always at work in the business of killing our souls, and we be slothful, negligent, foolish, in proceeding to the ruin thereof, can we expect a comfortable event? There is not a day but sin foils or is foiled, prevails or is prevailed on; and it will be so whilst we live in this world."
"The greatest part of popish religion, of that which looks most like religion in their profession, consists in mistaken ways and means of mortification."
"...unless a man be regenerate, unless he be a believer, all attempts that he can make for mortification, be they never so specious and promising, -- all means he can use, let him follow them with never so much diligence, earnestness, watchfulness, and intention of mind and spirit, -- are to no purpose."
"...be sure to get an interest in Christ; if you intend to mortify any sin without it, it will never be done."
"If we will do any thing, we must do all things. So, then, it is not only an intense opposition to this or that peculiar lust, but a universal humble frame and temper of heart, with watchfulness over every evil and for the performance of every duty, that is accepted."
"He, then, that would really, thoroughly, and acceptably mortify any disquieting lust, let him take care to be equally diligent in all parts of obedience, and know that every lust, every omission of duty, is burdensome to God, though by one is so to him."
"Sometimes in reading of the word God a man stay on something that cuts him to the heart, and shakes him as to his present condition. More frequently in the hearing of the word preached, his great ordinance for conviction, conversion, and edification, doth he meet with men. God often hews men by the sword of his word in that ordinance, strikes directly on their bosom-beloved lust, startles the sinner, makes him engage unto the mortification and relinquishment of the evil of his heart."
"The excellency of a believer is, not that he hath a large apprehension of things, but that what he doth apprehend, which perhaps may be very little, he sees it in the light of the Spirit of God, in a saving, soul-transforming light; and this is that which gives us communion with God, and not prying thoughts or curious-raised notions."
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The book is compiled in a very logical way even though perhaps you may find difficulty in following.
Ultimately the last chapter clearly defines the approach we should adopt in humble submissive surrender to God's Holy Spirit.
Thanks for making it possible to read such a book electronically.