Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Overcoming Sin and Temptation, by John Owens

Sin is such a touchy topic right now. Our culture demands that we be tolerant of everyone's behavior, no matter what the Bible says about it and while we as Christians know that this isn't true and we (sometimes) stand firm on hot button issues such as homosexuality or abortion, we have unwittingly allowed this societal permissiveness to influence our daily lives and sins that a generation or two ago were virtually unheard of in the lives of believers are now as common as dental checkups and vaccination schedules. Most assuredly each generation within the Church has it's own unique temptations, however, it seems to me that there has been a growing lethargy and unwillingness to call out and confront the sins that are found in the lives of believers. Furthermore, there is a general confusion among young believers as to how to approach sin and temptation. We have been raised in a social climate that says that everything is permissible (except intolerance) and a great confusion has come upon us as we see that the Bible clearly states that we should resist sin and temptation, but the church often does not practically explain to us how that is to be done.

Over the next few months, I will be joining with Christians from around the world as we read John Owens' classic work Overcoming Sin and Temptation. Tim Challies started this virtual reading group over at his blog and I am excited to learn what God has in store for us as we read through the books chapter by chapter. It will not be an easy read – Owens is a challenging author in more ways than one! Not only does he write in a style rather unfamiliar to modern readers, but he also writes about topics which we sometimes would rather not disturb!

I will be posting weekly reflections on my own readings here and participating in the conversation over at Challies' blog. I'm cautiously looking forward to this excursion into Owens' works – I know it will be a challenge and I tend to be lazy (sloth? Oh dear...) Will you join me?

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