In this episode
- We learn how Satan tempts us to rationalize our sin
- The relevant segment from the audiobook
- A mention of a book about Brooks by the great preacher Charles Spurgeon
- From the Blog: Four ways to stop rationalizing and choose righteousness
- Amazon: Smooth Stones Taken from Ancient Brooks, by Charles Spurgeon
- Podcast introduction: Yabo Obien
- Logo design: Jeff Lyons at Light & Story
- Original music: Makeup and Vanity Set
- Kindle version of Precious Remedies against Satan’s Devices by John Hendryx at Monergism.com
- Text for Precious Remedies provided by GraceGems.org
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The big switch
Last time we explained Satan’s first device to draw us into sin: deceit. His second device is disguising our transgressions as righteousness. Thomas Brooks writes this deception can cause us to think the evil choices we make are actually God’s will. It is the wickedest sort of rationalization, ascribing the acts of the enemy to the words of our Lord. That’s actually the “unpardonable sin” Jesus mentions in the gospels.
Rationalization is a common human skill. Many of us excel at it. True artistic or academic giftedness are rare, but not our ability to explain away our bad decisions.
The minivan we can’t afford because it offers us safety and convenience. The unhealthy romantic relationship we fall into because it boosts our ego. The career choice that makes us miserable because the pay is good and it pleases our parents.
The human mind will never exhaust its ability to rationalize what the human heart knows is not righteous. Any of us can become victims of self deception.
Now it’s time to hear Thomas Brooks explain this second device and his remedies.
One of the things I love about Thomas Brooks’ writing was how pithy it is. How quotable. How tweet-able, really. The great preacher Charles Spurgeon noted this as well. He edited a book filled with Brooks’ choice sayings: Smooth Stones Taken from Ancient Brooks. See, there’s even a little play on words in the title. I’ll link to it in the show notes.
Next time we’ll talk about the third device our enemy uses to draw us into sin: minimizing.
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