"Heartlessness upon the apprehensions of difficulties and discouragements. Prov. xxii. 13, "The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets." Every difficulty deters him from duty. He thinks it impossible for him to attain to that accuracy, exactness, and perfection which he is in this matter to press after; and therefore contents himself in this old coldness, negligence, rather than to run the hazard of a universal circumspection."
John Owen, "The Nature, Power, Deceit, and Prevalency of the Remainders of Indwelling Sin in Believers". The Works of John Owen, Volume VI. The Banner of Truth Trust: Carlisle, PA. (1668) 2000. p.243.
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