"The Crown and Glory of Christianity,
or, HOLINESS, the Only Way to Happiness", 1662)
"I hate every false way." Psalm 119:104
Where there is real holiness, there is a holy
detestation, and indignationóagainst
A holy man knows that all sin strikes . . .
at the holiness of God,
at the glory of God,
at the nature of God,
at the being of God,
at the law of Godó
and therefore his heart rises against all sin.
He looks upon every sin as a grieving of the Spirit,
as a vexing of the Spirit, and as a quenching of the
Spirit; and so nothing will satisfy him but the ruin
of them all. He looks upon every sinó
as a dishonor
as an enemy to Christ,
as a wound to the
as a reproach to the gospel,
as a moth
to his holinessóand therefore
his heart and his
hand are against every sin.
He looks upon every sin . . .
as that Judas who betrayed Christ;
as that Pilate who condemned Christ;
as those soldiers who scourged Christ;
as those spears which pierced Christ.
He looks upon every sin as having a hand in the
death of his Savioróand therefore he cries out,
"Crucify them all, crucify them all!"
Look! as every lion has his den, every dog his
every swine his sty, and every crow his nestójust
every unholy person has one sin or another, to which
his heart is engaged and married; and that sin will
undo him forever!
As Lysimachus lost his earthly kingdom by drinking
one draught of waterójust so, many lose a heavenly
kingdom by indulging some one sin or another.
One flaw spoils the diamond,
one treason makes a traitor,
one wrong turn brings a man quite out of the way,
one leak sinks the ship,
one wound strikes Goliath dead,
one Delilah betrays Samson,
one broken wheel spoils the whole clock,
one dead fly spoils the whole box of ointment.
And as one bastard son destroyed Gideon's seventy sons,
(Judges 8,)ójust so, one predominant sin is enough to
destroy the soul forever. As by taking one nap Samson
lost his strength, and by eating one apple Adam lost his
paradiseójust so, many men, by favoring one sinólose
God, heaven, and their souls forever! He who favors any
sin, though he frowns upon manyódoes but as Benhadad
órecover of one disease and die of another; yes, he takes
pains to go to hell. Sin favoredóalways ends tragically.
Sometimes you shall have an unholy person
angry with sin, because it has . . .
cracked his credit, or
clouded his honor, or
hindered his profit, or
embittered his pleasure, or
enraged his conscience, or
exposed him to shame here and hell hereafter;
but never because . . .
a righteous law is transgressed,
a holy God is dishonored,
a loving Savior is afresh crucified,
or the blessed Spirit grieved.
A holy heart rises against sin because of its defiling nature.
An unholy heart rises against sin because of its damning nature.
A holy man is most afflicted with the evil which is in sin.
An unholy heart is most afflicted with the punishment
which is due to sin.
A holy person hates sin because it pollutes his soul.
An unholy person hates it because it destroys his
A holy person loathes sin because it makes against God's holiness.
An unholy person loathes it because it provokes God's
A holy person detests sin because of the hell which is in sin.
An unholy person detests sin because of the hell which follows
A holy heart abhors all sin.
An unholy heart is still in league with some sin.