Saturday, August 15, 2009

What is it to indulge sin?

"To give the breast to it and feed it. As a fond parent humours his child and lets him have what he wants, so to indulge sin is to humour sin.

To indulge sin is to commit it with delight: 'they had pleasure in unrighteousness' (2 Thess.2:12).

In this sense, a godly man does not indulge sin. Though sin is in him, he is troubled at it and would gladly get rid of it. There is as much difference between sin in the wicked and the godly as between poison being in a serpent and in a man. Poison in a serpent is in its natural place and is delightful, but poison in a man's body is offensive and he uses antidotes to expel it. So sin in a wicked man is delightful, being in its natural place, but sin in a child of God is burdensome and he uses all means to expel it. The sin is trimmed off. The will is against it. A godly man enters protest against sin: 'What I do I allow not' (Rom.7:15). A child of God, while he commits sin, hates the sin he commits (Rom.7)." (Thomas Watson, The Godly Man's Picture, 146).

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