Satan's eighth lure into sin: show people the happiness and benefits enjoyed by those who engage in the same sin, and the unhappiness of those who resist. In other words, we must walk as sinners do to enjoy their benefits and avoid unhappiness. By … [Continue reading] about Why unhappiness may be a blessing in disguise
Resistance is the primary weapon against the seventh device Satan uses to lure us into sin. He tries to convince us we can play along the lines of transgression without actually falling. Says Satan, You may walk by the harlot's door though you won't … [Continue reading] about Resistance is not futile
In his sixth “device” of Satan against believers in our striving toward holiness, Thomas Brooks offers this one remedy among many: Consider the nature of true repentance. … Repentance is some other thing than what vain men conceive. True repentance … [Continue reading] about The seven marks of true repentance
Thomas Brooks says Satan wants us to be comfortable in our sins because grace is cheap. Do you think unlimited grace is a license to sin? Think again. Cleanup is easy as 1, 2, 3! Consider how much time and money have been spent since 1946 on making … [Continue reading] about Do you take God’s grace for granted?
The fifth device of Satan Thomas Brooks wants to warn us about: convince us that God is "all mercy" because he has shown mercy in the past. That "love wins" is more than a marketing phrase; it's God's "campaign slogan." Oh! says Satan, you need not … [Continue reading] about Love wins, justice loses
The best men sin. The most upright persons stumble. The greatest heroes of the faith fall. "Everyone does it." If we could peer into the hearts of Augustine, Luther, Calvin, Mother Theresa, Billy Graham, and Pope Francis, we would witness things … [Continue reading] about Why ‘everyone does it’ doesn’t work with God
"I wasn't going to eat it. I was just going to taste it." There it is: a classic children's book character, minimizing sin. These are the words of Winnie-the-Pooh, the perennially vexed creation of A.A. Milne about his favorite temptation, … [Continue reading] about Minimizing sin: ‘This is just fine’