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Temptation and Sin [Hardcover]

By John Owen (Author)
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Studio: Sovereign Grace Publishers Inc.
Pages   324
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.38" Width: 6.18" Height: 1.02"
Weight:   1.36 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 25, 2001
Publisher   Sovereign Grace Publishers Inc.
ISBN  1589600681  
ISBN13  9781589600683  

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John Owen John Owen (1616-1683) was an early Puritan advocate of Congregationalism and Reformed theology.

Born at Stadhampton, Oxfordshire, Owen was educated at Queen's College, Oxford, where he studied classics and theology and was ordained. Because of the "high-church" innovations introduced by Archbishop William Laud, he left the university to be a chaplain to the family of a noble lord. His first parish was at Fordham in Essex, to which he went while the nation was involved in civil war. Here he became convinced that the Congregational way was the scriptural form of church government. In his next charge, the parish of Coggeshall. in Essex, he acted both as the pastor of a gathered church and as the minister of the parish. This was possible because the parliament, at war with the king, had removed bishops. In practice, this meant that the parishes could go their own way in worship and organization.

Oliver Cromwell liked Owen and took him as his chaplain on his expeditions both to Ireland and Scotland (1649-1651). Owen's fame was at its height from 1651 to 1660 when he played a prominent part in the religious, political, and academic life of the nation. Appointed dean of Christ Church, Oxford, in 1651, he became also vice-chancellor of the university in 1652, a post he held for five years with great distinction and with a marked impartiality not often found in Puritan divines. This led him also to disagreement, even with Cromwell, over the latter's assumption of the protectorship. Owen retained his deanery until 1659. Shortly after the Restoration of the monarchy in 1660, he moved to London, where he was active in preaching and writing until his death. He declined invitations to the ministry in Boston (1663) and the presidency of Harvard (1670) and chided New England Congregationalists for intolerance. He turned aside also from high preferment when his influence was acknowledged by governmental attempts to persuade him to relinquish Nonconformity in favor of the established church.

His numerous works include The Display of Arminianism (1642); Eshcol, or Rules of Direction for the Walking of the Saints in Fellowship (1648), an exposition of Congregational principles; Saius Electorum, Sanguis Jesu (1648), another anti-Arminian polemic; Diatriba de Divina Justitia (1658), an attack on Socinianism; Of the Divine Original Authority of the Scriptures (1659); Theologoumena Pantodapa (1661), a history from creation to Reformation; Animadversions to Fiat Lux (1662), replying to a Roman Catholic treatise; Doctrine of Justification by Faith (1677); and Exercitationes on the Epistle to the Hebrews (1668-1684).

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A Masterpiece of Spiritual Direction  Jan 4, 2006
Can it really be that in the decade or so that this site has been online that no one has submitted a review of this book? The very thought saddens me. [Correction: There are two reviews of The Complete Works of John Owen which have been there since 2000/01.] When C. S. Lewis recommended that you intersperse the reading of modern books with old books, I'm sure he had in mind books like this. As an English Puritan of the 17th century, Owen looked at life differently than we do today, and if there is one English Puritan whose wisdom and scholarship towers above the rest, it is Owen.

Mencken defined Puritanism as "the haunting fear that someone, somewhere may be happy." This wrong-headed view, characteristic of an entire generation of scholars and social critics, has been largely discredited but still retains its strength in the collective consciousness of our culture. In truth, the Puritans had a passionate love for life, were outgoing and sociable, and had a deep appreciation for aesthetic beauty. But they did take their God and their duties to Him seriously, and that can be seen in this remarkable book.

Let us assume for the sake of argument that the following premises apply to you:
1. You love God.
2. You know that God hates sin.

Given the truth of these premises, how would you live your life?

Owen affirmed the truth of these premises, as do many of us who call ourselves Christians. But unlike most of us, he really took the matter of sin and temptation seriously. Learn from him. Surprisingly enough, this is an inspiring book, not a depressing one. It is inspiring because Owen talks about critical matters of the heart that no one in your church or in the contemporary Christian publishing scene is talking about. Christians today need to be addressing the issue of temptation perhaps more than any previous generation, but no one is talking about it. Owen DOES talk about it, and in very concrete and specific terms.

Some practical advice: Read this book with a highlighter in your hand. You will come across many insightful statements that you will want to return to quickly. Create your own little index at the front in pencil. For example, as I look at the front of my copy, I have written "Special seasons of temptation 127ff". And on p. 127 Owen writes: "A season of unusual outward prosperity is usually accompanied with an hour of temptation. Prosperity and temptation go together; yea, prosperity is a temptation, many temptations, and that because, without eminent supplies of grace, it is apt to cast a soul into a frame and temper exposed to any temptation, and provides it with fuel and food for all." (Yes, that was just two sentences, and in an English which is strange to our ears. But you'll get used to it.)

I leave you with a short but powerful quote from page 9: "[B]e killing sin, or it will be killing you."

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