For a drop of pleasure

(Thomas Watson, "The Ten Commandments")

"You shall not murder." Exodus 20:13

Many murder their own souls! They willfully damn
themselves, and throw themselves into hell!

Who are those who murder their own souls?

They willfully murder their souls—who have no sense
of God, or the world to come, and are past feeling. Tell
them of God's holiness and justice—and they are not
affected at all. "They made their hearts as an adamant
stone." Zech 7:12. Sinners have adamantine hearts—
nothing will work upon them, neither ordinances nor
judgments. They do not believe in God; they laugh
at hell. Thus they murder their own souls, and throw
themselves into hell as fast as they can!

They willfully murder their own souls—who resign
themselves to their lusts,
let what will, come of it.
"Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves
over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of
impurity, with a continual lust for more." Eph 4:19.
Let ministers speak to them about their sins, let
conscience
speak, let afflictions speak—they will
have their lusts, even though they go to hell for
them! Do not these murder their own souls? Many
say in their hearts, "let our sins damn us—just
so that they but please us!" Herod will have his
incestuous lusts—though it costs him his soul. For
a drop of pleasure
—men will drink a sea of wrath!
These massacre and damn their own souls!

"A wicked man’s iniquities entrap him; he is entangled
 in the ropes of his own sin. He will be lost because of
 his great stupidity." Proverbs 5:22-23


Oh! take heed of murdering your own souls!