John Owen – The Holiness That The Gospel Requires

A section from the Nature and Causes of Apostasy.  Very searching, very humbling. God be merciful to me, a sinner. ”

“This evangelical holiness will not allow of nor will consist with the constant, habitual omission of any one duty, or the satisfaction of any one lust of the mind or of the flesh. As we are, in all instances of duty, to be “perfecting holiness in the fear of God,” 2 Corinthians 7: 1, so “no provision is to be made for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof,” Romans 13: 14. This is that which loseth it so many friends in the world. Would it barter with the flesh, would it give and take allowances in any kind, or grant indulgence unto any one sin, multitudes would have a kindness for it which now bid it defiance. Every one would have an exemption for that sin which he likes best, and which is most suited to his inclinations and carnal interests.”

The Holiness That the Gospel Requires