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Of the Deceitfulness and Danger of Sin.

Of the Deceitfulness and Danger of Sin.

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DR. JOHN TILLOTSON,

Exhort one another daily, while it is called to-day,
lest any of you be hardened through the deceitful-
Ness of sin. — Heb. iii. 13.
DR. JOHN TILLOTSON,

Exhort one another daily, while it is called to-day,
lest any of you be hardened through the deceitful-
Ness of sin. — Heb. iii. 13.

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OF THE DECEITFULNESS AND DANGER OF SIN. DR. JOHN TILLOTSON,Exhort one another daily, while it is called to-day, lest any of you be hardened through the deceitful-Ness of sin. — Heb. iii. 13. Among the many considerations which the word of God and our own reason offer to us to discourage us from sin, this is none of the least considerable, that he that once engages in a vicious course is in danger to proceed in it, being insensibly trained on from one degree of wickedness to another ; so that the farther he advanceth, his retreat grows more diffi-cult, because he is still pushed on with a greater violence. All error, as well of practice as of judg-ment, is endless ; and when a man is once out of the way, the farther he siiall go on the harder he will find it to return into the right way. Therefore, there is great reason why men should be so often cautioned against the beginnings of sin; or if they have been so unhappy as to be engaged in a bad course, why they should be warned to break it off presently and without delay, lest, by degrees, they
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be liardencd in their wickedness, till their case grow desperate and past remedy. And to this pur-pose is the apostle's advice here in the text : " Ex-hort one another daily, while it is called to-day, lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin." 20 From which words I shall I. Endeavour to rej3resent to you the growing danger of sin, and by what steps and degrees bad habits do insensibly gain upon men, and harden them in an evil course. II. I shall, from this consideration, take occasion to shew what great reason and need there is to warn men of this danger, and to endeavour to rescue them out of it. And then, III. I shall apply myself to the duty, here in the
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text, of exhorting men, with all earnestness and importunity, to resist the beginnings of sin ; or if they be already entered upon a wicked course, to make haste out of this dangerous state ; " lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin." I. First, I shall endeavour to represent to you the growing danger of sin, and by what steps and degrees bad habits do insensibly gain upon men and harden them in an evil course. All the actions of men, which are not natural, but proceed from deliberation and choice, have something of difficulty in them when we begin to practise them, because, at first, we are rude and unexercised in that way ; but after we have practised them awhile they be-come more easy ; and when they are easy, we begin to take pleasure in them ; and when they please us w^e do them frequently, and think we cannot repeat them too often ; and, by frequency of acts, a thing grows into a habit ; and a confirmed habit is a second kind of nature : and so far as any thing is natural, so far it is necessary, and we can hardly do otherwise ; nay, we do it many times when we
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