Friday, August 3, 2007

It's only a little sin

I'm currently reading Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices by Thomas Brooks (no relation that I'm aware of). One of Satan's devices, he says, is to tell us that it's only a little sin. Brooks responds with this:
"It is the greatest unkindness that can be showed to a friend, to adventure the complaining, bleeding, and grieving of his soul upon a light and a slight occasion. So it is the greatest unkindness that can be showed to God, Christ, and the Spirit, for a soul to put God upon complaining, Christ upon bleeding, and the Spirit upon grieving, by yielding to little sins. Therefore, when Satan says it is but a little one, do thou answer, that oftentimes there is the greatest unkindness showed to God's glorious majesty, in the acting of the least folly, and therefore thou wilt not displease they best and greatest friend, by yielding to his greatest enemy." (41)
I can't honestly say that there's anything for me to add to that.


Jon said...

This reminds me of what I was reading in Joshua last night. God told Israel to go into Canaan and basically kill everyone. So they went in and killed everyone...except a town here, some people there. And in the blink of an eye, they were marrying foreigners and worshiping foreign gods. But it was just a little sin...

Good post. I felt pangs of conviction.

ChrisB said...

Thanks for commenting. So far it's a great book -- and very convicting.

You've summed up Joshua pretty well -- and explained that whole "kill the Canaanites" thing that bothers so many people. You ought to stretch that out into a post on your blog :)