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The Mortification of Sin (Puritan Paperbacks) [Paperback]

By John Owen (Author)
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Pages   144
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.18" Width: 5.16" Height: 0.58"
Weight:   0.34 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2004
Publisher   BANNER OF TRUTH #535
ISBN  0851518672  
EAN  9780851518671  

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John Owen, abridged and made easy to read by Richard Rushing In this abridgement of a classic work, the famous Puritan John Owen shows the need for Christians to engage in a life-long battle against the sinful tendencies that remain in them, despite their having been brought to faith and new life in Christ. Owen is very insistent that believers cannot hope to succeed in this battle in their own strength. He sees clearly that the fight can be won only through faith in Christ, and in the power of the Spirit. Fighting sin with human strength will produce only self-righteousness, superstition and anxiety of conscience. But with faith in Christ, and with the power of the Spirit, victory is certain. The temptations in times like Owen?s and ours are obvious on every side; the remedy to them is clearly pointed out in this practical and helpful book.

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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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O you Foolish Galatians , Thank you Lord for using John Owen for YOUR Glory  Mar 10, 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.
Mortify Mortify Mortify  Feb 1, 2007
This is an absolute essential book for the Christian who truly wants to grow in Christ and understand the deeper work God desires to do in our lives.
John Owen Just Cut Me Open  Mar 11, 2006

I usually give a book a month or more to ruminate so I can weigh the value of its contents against all that I have learned from scripture, but in this one case I'm breaking that rule. I swear John Owen just drove the sword of the Spirit into the very midst of my still-beating heart like a surgeon's scalpel. This book is life-changing. It is biblical, powerful, relevant and Spirit-filled. Owen has made all the questions which lingered in my mind with regard to sanctification and the means by which we are to pursue holiness by the power of the Holy Spirit suddenly coalesce into a coherent, scriptural, practical, spiritual whole. In 130 pages (Puritan Paperback edition) he did this! And how foolish I feel for not having seen it all before when it is so clear and simple and plainly biblical! But don't take my word for it. Here's the opening statement of the section on the actual work of mortification:

"Suppose a man is a true believer, and yet finds in himself a powerful indwelling sin. This sin makes him captive to its power, and consumes his heart with trouble. It perplexes his thoughts, weakens his soul in communion with God, takes away his peace, defiles his conscience, and exposes him to hardening through the decietfulness of sin. What shall he do? What course shall he take to mortify this sin, lust or corruption? How can he gain victory enough, even though it is not utterly destroyed, yet, in his contest with it, he may be enabled to maintain his power, strength and peace in communion with God?"

This paragraph launches the reader into the answer to these very questions. How can we "by the Spirit put to death the deeds of the body, [so that we] will live" (Rom. 8:13)? Of particular worth to me was Owen's pointing out that superficial application of the promises of God is NOT mortification. He points out (rightly so) that the peace and mercy of God are only lasting and effective when imparted by God Himself, not by any means we possess in ourselves. I have been foolishly speaking "peace, peace" to my heart when there was no true peace because I would not wait upon the Spirit to apply the true peace that comes from God. I have been applying the ointment of the promise while it is yet devoid of the healing medicine of the Holy Spirit.

"This is to bless ourselves, without the blessing of God."

I honestly don't think I can praise this volume highly enough. In its abridged, modernized version it is a simple enough read for any Christian. In its depth and soundness of doctrine it is worthy even of the consideration of the most astute biblical scholar. In the blessedness and value of its subject it stands head-and-shoulders above most modern Christian literature. How great would the visible church be today if all of those who belong to the church invisible would read and follow "The Mortification of Sin"! And for a mere $8, who among those who profess the name of Christ ought not to have this volume in his hands?
Read This Book...  Feb 12, 2006
About the Author: Owen was considered one of the greatest minds of the seventeeth century, serving as vice-chancellor at Oxford and publishing extensively. He also was very politically active during much political turbulence in England at the time. Owen was a contemporary of John Bunyan's and once was able through his political connections to arrange to have Bunyan released from prison. Owen is also widely considered to be the most difficult of all the major Puritan theologians to read, because of his highly intricate and frankly not very readable prose. Most people (including me!) find a modern re-written edition much more palatable than his originals, and many editions of The Mortification of Sin (including this one) are a modern abridgement.

Mortification is a word meaning to put to death, and this book explains how we both have a duty and a necessity to actively fight against every outbreak of sin in our lives daily. His most quoted advice from the book sums up his position, "always be killing sin or it will be killing you." He urges us to "always be at it while you live; do not take a day off from this work."

There are chapters on the importance of putting sin to death, the work of the Holy Spirit in mortification, how our spiritual health depends on it, what mortification is and is not, seeing sin for what it is, keeping a tender conscience and a watchful heart, waiting for God, and the work of Christ and the power of the Spirit.

No cute word pictures, no self-affirmations---just a blunt and comprehensive examination of what every Christian must do to become more holy. As Owen says, "Live in the light of Christ's great work, and you will die a conqueror." Read this book.

Worth wading through the "King James" English  Mar 27, 2004
This review refers to the copy this site has pictured, i.e. the Christian Focus edition in the Christian Heritage series.

Prior to starting at the beginning and slogging through, you may wish to take a peek at the structure the book is organised around:

General Rules:

1. p84
2. p89

Particular Directions:

1. p106
2. p109
3. p123
4. p129
5. p130
6. p133
7. p134
8. p137
9. p151

A totally refreshing read. I plan to follow my local Christian bookseller's advice as soon as possible: "This book needs to be read and reread". The reason for this is that it is so easy to become complacent about sin and sins. Praise God for Puritan literature such as this!

Owen's first General Rule (p84) is absolutely essential: "Be sure to get an interest in Christ if you intend to mortify any sin." He is in complete agreement with Arthur Pink in The Life of Faith, (p54) who says "None can possibly make any progress in the Christian life unless he first be a Christian." Logical? Obvious? Not to all in our time of universalism and pluralism unfortunately.

One difficulty I had (and I am unable to find a page reference for it) was that Owen says that even if we have stopped acting out a sin, we have not mortified it, because its root remains. This needs to be looked at in light of what our Lord said (Mt 5:29 NIV): "If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away..." and again (vs 30) "And if your right eye causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away..." I know Jesus uses the word "cause" here, but surely what he is actually referring to is the avoidance of acting out an internal sinfulness through any part of the body. Removal of limbs per se will not change the heart, and Jesus wasn't pretending that. But we can see here that, in contrast to what Owen says, it is worth dealing with the symptoms of a sinful heart, regardless of the existence of the internal unmortified root.


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