Monday, December 29, 2008

John Owen and The Ideal State of the Soul

"Constant self-abasement, condemnation, and abhorrency is another duty that is directly opposed unto the...rule of sin in the soul. No frame of mind is a better antidote against the poison of sin...It is the soil wherein all grace will thrive and flourish...To keep our souls in a constant state of mourning and self-abasement is the most necessary part of our wisdom."

- John Owen, as cited by J.I. Packer in his introduction to Triumph Over Temptation, pp. 25

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