The Mischief of Sin

The Mischief of SinThis scarce volume was first published in 1671, and there has never been a second printing until now. This book contains four parts: the mischief of sin, the desperateness of sinners, an alarm to sinners, and the punishment of hell. There is also a sermon on, The Mystery of the Lord’s Supper. “As devotional as it is doctrinal, as practical as it is biblically sound, and as delightful as it is convicting, this book cuts to the very heart of the biblical issues regarding sin.” ~ John MacArthur.

By Sinning, Men have Contracted a Custom of Evil

Reason and conscience are bound like prisoners with the chains of lust. By sinning still, men have contracted a custom of evil. Jeremiah 13:23, “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard his spots?” Custom in sin stupefies conscience. ‘Tis like a gravestone laid upon a man. Oh, how hard their conversion who go on still in their trespasses! That tree will hardly be plucked up which has been long rooting in the earth. How hard will they find it to be plucked up out of their natural estate who have been many years rooting in sin! He who had been possessed with the devil from his youth up found it more hard to have the devil cast out of him, Mk. 9:21. “Mischief of Sin” pg. 58

The Heart of a Man by Nature is like a Garrison

The heart and sin are like two lovers who cannot endure to be parted. . . The heart of a man by nature is like a garrison which holds out in war. Though articles of peace are offered, though it is straightly besieged and one bullet after another is shot, yet the garrison holds out. So the heart is a garrison that holds out against God. Though He uses entreaties, gives warnings, shoots bullets into the conscience, yet the garrison of the heart holds out. The man will not be reclaimed; he sins still. He is said to have a brow of brass, in regard to his impudence, and a sinew of iron, in regard to his obstinance, Isa. 48:4. “Mischief of Sin” pgs. 55-56

The Threshold of Damnation

Men are brought low indeed when the sound of Aaron’s bell will not awaken them. No sermon will stir them. They are like the blacksmith’s dog that can lie and sleep near the anvil when all the sparks fly about. Conscience is in a lethargy. Once a man’s speech is gone and his feeling lost, he draws on apace to death. So when the checks of conscience cease and a man is sensible neither of sin nor wrath, you may ring out the bell. He is past hope of recovery. Thus some are brought low, even to a reprobate sense. This is the threshold of damnation. “Mischief of Sin” pg. 8