Give the devil and sin an inch!

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Give the devil and sin an inch!

(Ralph Venning, “The Plague of Plagues!” 1669)

Beware of such sins as the world calls little sins! They say: “What harm is there in an innocent lie?” Alas, what a contradiction this is! Can a lie be innocent? One says, “Oh, it is only a trick of youth!” Yes, but it is such a trick as may cost you going to Hell! Another “deceives his neighbor and says: I am only joking!” Proverbs 26:19. Yes, but he who sins in jest or makes a jest of sin–may be damned in earnest!

Consider that no sin against a great God, can be strictly a little sin–though compared with a greater one, it may be. But however little it is–to account it so, makes it greater. 

The nature of the greater sin is in the least sin. A spark of fire, or a drop of poison–have the nature of much more sin. 

God has severely punished sins that have been looked upon as little sins, indeed, some of them well-meant sins–as when Uzzah took hold of the Ark when the cart shook (2 Samuel 6:6,7). When men only looked into the Ark–it cost them dearly! “The LORD killed seventy men from Beth-shemesh because they looked into the Ark of the LORD!” (1 Samuel 6:19). Gathering a few sticks on the Sabbath was severely punished! (Numbers 15:32-36). 

These seem to be small matters–but in sin, we must not consider so much what is forbidden–as why it is forbidden, and whoforbids it.

Besides, a little sin makes way for a greater sin–just as a little boy-thief entering a house, makes way for a man-thief to enter. 

It is hard to sin once and only once–to commit one little sin and only one. Give the devil and sin an inch–and they will take a mile! Vain babbling increases to more ungodliness. A little leak in a ship, may by degrees fill it with water and sink it. The Devil does not much care by what sins we go to Hell, whether small–or great; whether by religious formality–or open immorality.

If a man makes no conscience of little sins, to which the temptations can be only little–then how little conscience is he likely to make of great sins, to which there are greater temptations? 

If Judas betrays his Lord for thirty pieces of silver–then what would he not do for more? 

Beware then of little sins!


About Steve Rebus

✞Follower of Christ, Husband, Gymgoer, Photographer, Guitarist, Drummer....Oh and i'm also Blind too! 😀

One Response to “Give the devil and sin an inch!”

  1. Blessings to you Brother Steve!

    I just had to comment on your latest inspiring post. It really resonated with me. It brought to mind a conversation I had with my pastor about missing church services. He mentioned that my excuses for missing church may very well be the work of the devil. He put things in a whole new perspective for me. And I made a much more concerted effort to go to church every week.

    Your sister in Christ,
    Nancy

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