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A Badge Of A Hypocrite

When a man hath secret thoughts in his heart, not unlike those of Naaman about his worshiping in the house of Rimmon (2 Kings 5:18), “In all other things I will walk with God, but in this thing, God be merciful unto me,” his condition is sad. It is true, indeed, a resolution to this purpose, to indulge a man’s self in any sin on the account of mercy, seems to be, and doubtless in any course is, altogether inconsistent with Christian sincerity, and is a badge of a hypocrite, and is the “turning of the grace of God into wantonness;” (Jude 4)

– John Owen –

from The Mortification of Sin in Believers, volume 6 of Works, pages 45-46

 

One comment on “A Badge Of A Hypocrite

  1. His condition is sad indeed … I do this with certain sins … think I’ll get a pass on them because other areas may be godly … pet sins!

    Good word!

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