by John Owen – February 14th, 2019
Chapter 6 “WHAT MORTIFICATION IS” Continued
2). Some lusts more discernible
Some lusts are far more sensible and discernible in their violent actings than others. Paul puts a difference between uncleanness(51) and all other sins: “Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body” (1Co 6:18). Hence, the motions of that sin are more sensible, more discernible than of others. When perhaps the love of the world, or the like, is in a person no less habitually pre-dominant than uncleanness, yet it makes not so great a combustion in the whole man.
And on this account some men may go for mortified men in their own thoughts and in the eyes of the world, who yet have in them no less predominance of lust than those who cry out with astonishment upon the account of its perplexing disturbances—yea, than those who have by the power of it been hurried into scandalous sins. However, it is only that their lusts are in and about things which raise not such a tumult in the soul, about which they are exercised with a calmer frame of spirit, their very temperament being not so nearly concerned in them as in some other.
(51) uncleanness – unlawful indulgence of sexual desire.
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