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The Mortification of Sin

A Puritan's View of How to Deal with Sin in Your Life

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1616-1683

Owen was by common consent the weightiest Puritan theologian, and many would bracket him with Jonathan Edwards as one of the greatest Reformed theologians of all time.   ___________

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Author: John Owen

Introduction by J. I. Packer

"I owe more, I think, to John Owen than to any other Theologian, ancient or modern, and I am sure I owe more to this little book on mortification than to anything else he wrote..."

-J. I. Packer ____________________________

John Owen drove the sword of the Spirit into my heart like a surgeon's scalpel. 

Review by: Jonathan A Blevins (Duluth, Minnesota)

I usually give a book a month or more to ruminate so I can weigh the value of its contents against all that I have learned from scripture, but in this one case I'm breaking that rule.  

...John Owen just drove the sword of the Spirit into the very midst of my still-beating heart like a surgeon's scalpel. 

This Book is Life-Changing

This book is life-changing.  It is biblical, powerful, relevant and Spirit-filled. Owen has made all the questions which lingered in my mind with regard to sanctification and the means by which we are to pursue holiness by the power of the Holy Spirit suddenly coalesce into a coherent, scriptural, practical, spiritual whole. 

In (only 100 pages or so) he did this! And how foolish I feel for not having seen it all before when it is so clear and simple and plainly biblical!  But don't take my word for it.  Here's the opening statement of the section on the actual work of mortification:

"Suppose a man is a true believer, and yet finds in himself a powerful indwelling sin. 

This sin makes him captive to its power, and consumes his heart with trouble. 

It perplexes his thoughts, weakens his soul in communion with God, takes away his peace, defiles his conscience, and exposes him to hardening through the deceitfulness of sin. What shall he do?
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 What course shall he take to mortify this sin, lust or corruption? 

How can he gain victory enough, even though it is not utterly destroyed, yet, in his contest with it, he may be enabled to maintain his power, strength and peace in communion with God?" _________________________

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