Christian, Don’t Patronize Sin

J.C. Ryle encourages Christians to make war on our sin.

Look within, each one of you. Examine your own hearts. Do you see there any habit or custom which you know to be wrong in the sight of God? If you do, delay not a moment in attacking it. Resolve at once to lay it aside. (Thoughts for Young Men, pg. 55)

Now, before we continue, let me point back to the danger he emphasized earlier in the book on delaying in attacking sin. He said:

Habits are like stones rolling down hill,–the further they roll, the faster and more ungovernable is their course…Custom is the nurse of sin. Every fresh act of sin lessens fear and remorse, hardens our hearts, blunts the edge of conscience, and increases our evil inclination. (pg. 11)

With this powerful imagery in mind let’s return to Ryle’s comments we began with. He continued:

Nothing darkens the eyes of the mind so much, and deadens the conscience so surely, as an allowed sin. It may be a little one, but it is not the less dangerous for all that. A small leak will sink a great ship, and a small spark will kindle a great fire, and a little allowed sin in like manner will ruin an immortal soul. Take my advice and never spare a little sin. (pg. 55, emphasis original)

I’ll leave you with these two lines from Pastor Ryle:

Put up with a few little sins, and you will soon want a few more. (pg. 57)

Whatever the world may please to say, there are no little sins. (pg. 57)

For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” –Romans 8:13

About Pastor Matt

Matt Baker is the Pastor of Redeemer Fellowship Church.
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