John Owen, Killing Sin, and the Need for Conversion

“Be killing sin or sin will be killing you,” says John Owen in his famous work, The Mortification of Sin in Believers. Sin is ferocious and relentless and unless we are actively seeking to kill it, before too long we will be devoured. Killing sin doesn’t mean we completely destroy it (that’s Jesus’ job, not ours). It…

The Great Discovery of the Gospel

The Father peculiarly fixes [love] upon the saints; this they are immediately to [look at] in him, to receive of him, and to make such returns thereof as he is delighted withal. This is the great discovery of the gospel: for whereas the Father, as the fountain of the Deity, is not known any other way but…

The Result of a Debased Mind: Practicing and Approving of Evil Deeds

Though they know God’s decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them. (Romans 1:32) These unbelieving sinners that Paul has just spoken of in verses 28-31 know that what they are doing is wrong. Paul never speaks of the law…

What Lizard Needs to Be Killed in Your Life?

C.S. Lewis writes about the necessity to kill sin, and the pain that can come with it, in The Great Divorce: I saw coming toward us a Ghost who carried something on his shoulder. Like all the Ghosts, he was unsubstantial, but they differed from one another as smokes differ. Some had been whitish; this…

Weekly Spurgeon

From Morning and Evening “And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house.” – 2 Samuel 11:2 At that hour David saw Bathsheba. We are never out of the reach of temptation. Both at home and abroad we are liable…

The Power of God’s Word in Killing Sin

Sometimes in reading of the word, God makes 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 — does he meet with men.  God often hews men…