Thursday, November 13, 2008

John Owen on the Prosperity Gospel

Our forefathers in the faith would role over in their graves if they could watch Sunday morning television. Note this statement from John Owen (1616-1683) in his Of the Mortification of Sin in Believers:

A season of unusual outward prosperity is usually accompanied with an hour of temptation. Prosperity and temptation go together; yea, prosperity is a temptation, many temptations, and that because, without eminent supplies of grace, it is apt to cast a soul into a frame and temper exposed to any temptation, and provides it with fuel and food for all. It hath provision for lust and darts for Satan… Without a special assistance, it hath an inconceivably malignant influence on believers themselves.

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