Because I had a week off and some time traveling, I took the chance to read something that I actually wanted to read versus something I had to read for class. So after much deliberation about what book to read I chose Thomas Watson’s “Mischief of Sin”. Now I knew I wanted to read something puritanical and since I was going to be traveling and this book was hard cover so I chose this one.
I know its been said many times before about many different Puritans, and specifically John Bunyan, that when you prick them they bleed Bibline. Well, this book is no exception, as Watson litters the book with references and amazing quotes. Here are a few memorable lines that stay with the reader:
“We deal with God’s mercies as with flowers. When they are frewsh, we smell them and put them in our bosom. But within awhile, we throw them away and mind them no more.”
“Sin is the trojan horse out of which a whole troop of afflictions comes.”
“Sin brings many a one to a seared conscience… They are like the blacksmith’s dog that can lie and sleep near the anvil when all the spakrs fly about. Conscience is in a lethargy.”
“Tis good to fall into God’s hands when He is a friend, but it is ill falling into His hands when He is an enemy.”
“Oh, what a venomous, accursed thing sin is that makes a merciful God take comfort in the destruction of His own creature!”
“It is first a fox and then a lion. Sin does to a man as Jael did to Sisera. She gave him milk, but then she brought him low.”
And he wraps it up with a touching closing sentence in one chapter: “Christian, do not be desirous to be in heaven before your time. Wait but awhile and you shall have what you have prayed and wept for. ‘Tis but while and God will take the cross off your shoulders and set a crown upon your head.”
Every Christian needs to realize his own sin and exactly wha it is that he’s been saved from. A Christian can only live the way he ought by realizing what he was saved from.