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Mortification of Sin: A Puritan's View on How to Deal with the Sin in Your Life [Paperback]

By John Owen (Author) & Owen John (Author)
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John Owen insisted on the importance of Christians dealing effectively with their sinful tendencies and attitudes. He believed that God, through his Word and Spirit, has provided the guidelines and the power for this to be achieved. In this book, John Owen effectively dismisses various excuses for not engaging in self-scrutiny and yet avoids the current trend of self-absorption. In so doing he provides principles to help believers live lives of holiness. We owe a great debt to our Christian forefathers who spent time studying the Bible and applying it to the world around them. The Christian Heritage series seeks to take the best and most practical of their works and re-present it for a new generation.

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John Owen insisted on the importance of the Christian dealing effectively with their sinful tendencies and attitudes. He believed that God, through his Word and Spirit, had provided the guidelines and the power for this to be achieved. In this book, John Owen effectively dismisses various excuses for not engaging in self-scrutiny and yet avoids the current trend of self-absorption. In so doing he provides principles to help believers live lives of holiness.

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Studio: Christian Heritage
Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 4.5" Height: 7.25"
Weight:   0.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2002
Publisher   Christian Focus Publications
Series  Christian Heritage - Useful Books Of Lasting Value  
ISBN  1857921070  
ISBN13  9781857921076  

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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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If it is not real what good is it?!!  May 24, 2008
If there is no delivering power from sin's control in your life. If there is no reality of Christ in your life.... what good is your Gospel? This book reveals how God, through the cross, can bring power into your life, if you want it. If you are sick of powerless empty Christianity and desire the cross to be applied to your heart unto freedom, here it is. Get it and share it!! Expect great things!
A classic of practical Christian living   Apr 23, 2008
"The mortification of sin in believers" by John Owen is a Christian classic written in 1656 by a Puritan and Oxford don. Owen was greatly respected for both his deep and exhaustive exposition and his practical application based on a transparently godly life. I, too prefer the original version, but such is the power of the thought of that original that even with omissions the text, the message comes through. Unfortunately, his language in the original is antiquated amd ponderous, making it difficult for the modern reader to understand (though those used to the Authorised Version should cope), but the content makes the effort worthwhile. Much of his strongly worded statements are directed against "Papists," the legalists and ceremonialists of his day. This may be off-putting to some, but all of what he says is just as relevant today if the reader does not restrict what is said to Roman Catholicism, for legalists and ceremonialists, obvious and hidden, are in every denomination and church.

His purpose in writing the book (based on a series of sermons) is to give advice on how best a Christian believer can defeat sin in their lives. He begins by explaining the second half of Romans 8:13 - "but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live," making five points that: (a) the duty, means and promise are conditional; (b) they are for believers; (c) only by means of the Holy Spirit can sin be defeated; (d) what duty of "mortifying the deeds of the body" means; and (e) the power and worth of the promise "you shall live".

One by one he deals with these points in depth, showing that even the best of believers will have to battle against sin all their lives and that only the Holy Spirit can successfully do this work. It is work worth the labour for a believer's life, energy and comfort is dependent on putting sin to death to live a life of godliness (Col 3:1-10). In defining what he meant by mortification of sin, he follows Paul's lead and shows what it is NOT, then what it IS, emphasising that only a believer can truly mortify sin and that mortification is not defeating a particular sin, but it is laying the axe to sinful attitudes and inclinations at their root in the fallen nature.

He then gives nine directives of HOW to mortify sin:
1. Check that a besetting sin is not fatal
2. Constantly remind yourself of the guilt, danger and evil of sin
3. Load your conscience with the guilt and evil of sin, the offence against God's love
4. Develop a vehement desire for deliverance
5. Some sin is rooted in character - this is no excuse but a challenge to greater battle
6. Avoid sources of temptation
7. Oppose sin at its very beginnings and do not wait until it emerges full-blown
8. Learn your true status and value by considering the greatness of God.
9. Speak no peace to yourself until God does

Finally he gives advice on the preparation of the heart for victory over sin by fixing on Jesus and the work of the Spirit.

If we are really serious about overcoming the evils of pride, selfishness and lust in ourselves to enjoy the wonder of God's unconditional love and grace and to live the life of the Spirit of Christ, then this is a book worth reading. And more than that: study it with your Bible open, building into your way of life the principles it gives.
Must read  Apr 8, 2008
Very good reading. Every Christian should read this. Short and easy to read.
Re-written in plain English and Abridged  Mar 15, 2008
I was dissappointed when I received this book to find that it is an abridged version that has been re-written into easy to read language. Although I find the original language difficult, it wasn't just re-written in modern language, it was dumbed down and parts cut out. Some of the original punch was lost. However, it is available for free as a download online since it is so old. Look for vol 6 of his works and have lots of paper.
O you Foolish Galatians , Thank you Lord for using John Owen for YOUR Glory  Mar 11, 2007
As Christians, in this World today we need to Learn and Learn and Learn and then Teach and Remember what we were Taught.I read "The Mortification of Sin", then I bought 9 copies and handed them out to my friends,family,pastors and thats what you do with Good Sound Doctrine.

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