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John Owen Illustrates how Temptation Joined with any lust, aims to Contaminate the Entire soul

December 20, 2015

"In what part soever of the soul the lust be seated wherewith the temptation is united, it draws after it the whole soul by one means or other, and so prevents or anticpates any opposition. Suppose it be a lust of the mind, ---as there are lusts of the mind and uncleanness of the spirit, such as ambition, vain-glory, and the like, ---what a world of ways hath the understanding to bridle the affections that they should not so tenaciously cleave to God, seeing in what it aimeth at there is so much to give them contentment and satisfaction! It will not only prevent all the reasonings of the mind, which it doth necessarily, ---being like a bloody infirmity in the eyes, presenting all things to the common sense and perception in that hue and color, ---but it will draw the whole soul, on other accounts and collateral considerations, into the same frame. It promises the whole a share in the spoil aimed at; as Judas's money, that he first desired from covetousness was to be shared among all his lusts."

 

John Owen, "Of Temptation: The Nature and Power of It, Etc.;". The Works of John Owen, Volume VI.  The Banner of Truth Trust: Carlisle, PA.  (1668) 2000.  p.113-114.

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August 29, 2015

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