It’s But a Little Sin!

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(Thomas Brooks, “Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices!“)

“So that Satan will not outsmart us–for we are familiar with his evil schemes.” 2 Corinthians 2:11

“Ah!” says Satan, “It is but a little sin–a little pride, a little worldliness, a little lust, etc. You may commit it without any danger to your soul. It is but a little one; you may commit it, and yet your soul shall live.”

Consider, that there is great danger, yes, many times most danger–in the smallest sins.
“A little leaven leavens the whole lump!” 1 Corinthians 5:6
If the serpent sneaks in his head–he will draw in his whole body after him.

Greater sins sooner startle the soul, and awaken and rouse up the soul to repentance, than lesser sins do. Little sins often slide into the soul, and breed, and work secretly and indiscernibly in the soul, until they come to be so strong, as to trample upon the soul, and to cut the throat of the soul!

Many are eternally undone by the ‘little sins’, as they call them, that are nourished in their own bosoms.

A little hole in the ship, sinks it.

A small breach in a dyke, carries away all before it.

A little stab at the heart, kills a man.

A little sin, without a great deal of mercy, will damn a man!

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The Sword of Discipline

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“Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush Him and cause Him to suffer.” Isaiah 53:10

To see God thrust the sword of His pure, infinite and incensed wrath through the very heart of His dearest Son, notwithstanding all His supplications, prayers, tears, and strong cries–is the highest manifestation of the Lord’s hatred and indignation of sin–which ever was, or ever will be!

It is true, God revealed His great hatred against sin . . .
by casting the angels down to hell,
by turning Adam out of paradise,
by drowning the old world, and
by raining hell out of heaven upon Sodom and Gomorrah,
and by the various and dreadful judgments which He has been a-pouring forth upon the world in all ages. But all this hatred is but an emblem of hatred–compared to that hatred which God manifested against sin, in causing the whole curse to meet upon our crucified Lord!

It is true that God reveals His hatred of sin by those endless, easeless, and remediless torments, which He inflicts upon devils and damned men. But this is no hatred–compared to that hatred against sin, which God revealed when He opened all the floodgates of His envenomed wrath upon His Son–His ownSon, His only Son, His Son who always pleased Him.

Suppose there was a father who had but one son–and he was such a son in whom he always delighted, and by whom he had never been provoked. Now suppose you should you see this father inflicting the most intensified pains and punishments, tortures and torments, calamities and miseries upon this, his dearest son. Would you not wonder at the cause of the father’s exercising such amazing, such matchless severity, fury and cruelty upon his only beloved son?

Now cast your eye upon the actings of God the Father towards Jesus Christ–and you will find that He has inflicted more and greater torments upon the Son of His dearest love–than all mortals ever have or could inflict upon others. God made all the penalties and sufferings that were due to us–to fall upon Jesus Christ. God Himself inflicted upon dear Jesus, whatever was requisite to the satisfying of His justice, to the obtaining of pardon, and to the saving of all His elect!

“He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5

A Little Cooler Perhaps

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“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3

You moral and upright people without Christ–you are as surely lost as the despicable reprobate!

You chaste and respectable people without Christ–you will be as surely damned as the vile prostitute who walks the streets at midnight!

“Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish!” Luke 13:3

Thomas Brooks had this sarcastic comment to say about the moral rogue.

“This is all the comfort that can be given to a moral man–that he shall have “a cooler Hell” than others.”

The Amazing Mercy of God

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“Who is a God like You, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of His inheritance? You do not stay angry forever, but delight to show mercy!” Micah 7:18

God takes delight in showing of mercy. He takes no pleasure in giving His people up to adversity. Mercy and kindness flow from Him freely and naturally. He is never severe, never harsh. He never stings us–but when He is sadly provoked by us.

God’s hand sometimes may lie very hard upon His people–when His heart, His affections at those very times may be yearning towards them. “Is not Ephraim my dear son, the child in whom I delight? Though I often speak against him, I still remember him. Therefore my heart yearns for him; I have great compassion for him–declares the LORD.” Jeremiah 31:20

No man can tell the heart of God–by His hand.

God’s hand of mercy may be open to those against whom His heart is set–as you see in the rich fool and Dives.

And His hand of severity may lie hard upon those on whom He has set His heart–as you may see in Job and Lazarus.

“When you can’t trace His hand–trust His heart!”

Where Your Riches Will Lead You

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There are three things that earthly riches can never do
:
they can never satisfy divine justice,
they can never pacify divine wrath,
nor can they ever quiet a guilty conscience.
Until these things are done–man is undone!

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Remember that those sins which are now as jewels sparkling in your eyes
–will at last be millstones around your necks, to sink you forever in Hell!

He who believes on the Lord Jesus Christ shall be saved–be his sins ever so many!
He who believes not on the Lord Jesus Christ shall be damned–be his sins ever so few!

He Left Heaven!

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“If anyone would come after Me–he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.” Matthew 16:24

Let the sufferings of our Lord Jesus Christ, work us into a gracious willingness to embrace sufferings for His sake, and cheerfully and resolutely to take up His cross and follow Him.

Did Christ suffer, who knew no sin–and shall we think it strange to suffer, who know nothing but sin?

Shall He lie sweltering under His Father’s wrath–and shall we cry out under men’s anger?

Was He crowned with thorns–and must we be crowned with rose-buds?

Was His whole life, from the cradle to the cross, made up of nothing but sorrows and sufferings–and must our lives, from the cradle to the grave, be filled up with nothing but pleasures and delights?

Was He despised–and must we be admired?

Was He debased–and must we be exalted?

Was He poor–and must we be rich?

Was He low–and must we be high?

Did He drink of a bitter cup, a bloody cup–and must we have only cups of consolation?

Let us not think anything too much to do for Christ,
nor anything too great to suffer for Christ,
nor anything too dear to part with for such a Christ, such a Savior–who thought nothing too much to do, nor too grievous to suffer–so that He might accomplish the work of our redemption!

He left Heaven for us–and shall not we let go of this world for Him?

He left his Father’s bosom for us–and shall not we leave the bosoms of our dearest relations for him?

He underwent all sorts of sufferings for us–let us as readily encounter with all sorts of sufferings for Him.

Pastors: Do Not Neglect Your Responsibilities

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“Covetousness, which is idolatry.” Colossians 3:5

Covetousness is explicit idolatry.

Covetousness is the darling sin of our nation.

Covetousness being idolatry–is highly provoking to God.

This leprosy has infected all sorts and ranks of men.

Whatever a man loves most and best–that is his god. The covetous man looks upon the riches of the world as his Heaven–his happiness–his great ALL.
His heart is most upon the world,
his thoughts are most upon the world,
his affections are most upon the world,
his discourse is most about the world.

He who has his mind taken up with the world, and chiefly delighted with the world’s music–he has also his tongue tuned to the same key, and takes his joy and comfort in speaking of the world and worldly things. If the world is in the heart–it will break out at the lips. A worldly-minded man speaks mostly of worldly things. “They are of the world, therefore they speak of the world,” John 4:5. The love of this world oils the tongue for worldly discourses, and makes men . . .
forget God,
neglect Christ,
despise holiness,
forfeit Heaven.

Ah! the time, the thoughts, the strength, the efforts–which are spent upon the world, and the things of the world–while sinners’ souls lie a-bleeding, and eternity is hastening upon them!

I have read of a greedy banker, who was always best when he was most in talking of money and the world. Being near his death, he was much pressed to make his WILL. Finally he dictates:

First, I bequeath my own soul to the devil–for being so greedy for the muck of this world!

Secondly, I bequeath my wife’s soul to the devil–for persuading me to this worldly course of life.

Thirdly, I bequeath my pastor’s soul to the devil–because he did not show me the danger I lived in, nor reprove me for it!

“People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction!” 1 Timothy 6:9

In The Very Bowels of Hell

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(Thomas Brooks, “The Golden Key to Open Hidden Treasures”)

“The wicked shall be turned into Hell.” Psalm 9:17

That is, “The wicked shall certainly be turned into the nethermost Hell!” Yes, they shall forcibly be turned into the lowest and darkest place in Hell. God will, as it were, with both hands thrust them into Hell–into that prison of torment where divine justice eternally detains them.

Certainly, the very place in which the wicked shall lodge and be tormented to all eternity, namely–Hell, the bottomless pit, the dungeon of darkness, the lake of fire and brimstone, the fiery furnace–will extremely aggravate the dolefulness of their condition.

O sirs, were all the water in the sea ink, and every blade of grass a pen–all would be too short to delineate the nature of this dungeon, where all lost souls must lodge forever!

Where is the man who, to gain a world, would lodge one night in a room that is haunted with devils? Is it nothing to dwell in Hell with them forever?

“Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath!” 1 Thessalonians 1:10. Oh, what infinite cause have we to exalt our dear Lord Jesus, who by the Hellish sorrows which He suffered for us, has freed us from the dreadful bondage of sin, Satan, and wrath that we lay under! Oh, prize that Jesus! Oh, exalt that Christ! Oh, extol that Savior, who has saved you from that eternal wrath!

“For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 5:9

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You may want to read JC Ryle’s powerful 2 page article on the same topic, “He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire!