Tag: Hatred of Sin

Total strangers

A.W. Pinkby A.W. Pink

“Come, and hear, all you who fear God, and I will declare what he has done for my soul!” Psalm 66:16

It is greatly to be feared that there are multitudes in Christendom who truly imagine and sincerely believe that they are among the saved, yet who are total strangers to a work of divine grace in their hearts.

It is one thing to have clear intellectual conceptions of God’s truth–it is quite another matter to have a personal, real heart acquaintance with it.

It is one thing to believe that sin is the awful thing that the Bible says it is–but it is quite another matter to have a holy horror and hatred of it in the soul.

It is one thing to know that God requires repentance–it is quite another matter to experimentally mourn and groan over our vileness.

It is one thing to believe that Christ is the only Savior for sinners–it is quite another matter to really trust Him from the heart.

It is one thing to believe that Christ is the sum of all excellency–it is quite another matter to love Him above all others.

It is one thing to believe that God is the great and holy One–it is quite another matter to truly reverence and fear Him.

It is one thing to believe that salvation is of the Lord–it is quite another matter to become an actual partaker of it through His gracious workings.

by A.W. Pink

1st Mark: Forgiven Souls Hate Sin

J.C. Ryle 90x115by J.C. Ryle

Forgiven souls HATE SIN. They can enter most fully into the words of our Communion Service, “The remembrance of sin is grievous unto them, and the burden of it is intolerable.” It is the serpent which bit them—how should they not shrink from it with horror? It is the poison which brought them to the brink of eternal death—how should they not loathe it with a godly disgust? It is the Egyptian enemy which kept them in hard bondage—how should not the very memory of it be bitter to their hearts? It is the disease of which they carry the marks and scars about them, and from which they have scarcely recovered—well may they dread it, flee from it, and long to be delivered altogether from its power! If you and sin are friends, you and God are not yet reconciled. You are not fit for heaven; for one main part of heaven’s excellence is the absence of all sin.

by J.C. Ryle