“That none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.” Hebrews 3:13
Sin is of a very deceitful and bewitching nature.
Sin is from the greatest deceiver–it is the source of all the deceit in the world, and it is in its own nature exceeding deceitful. It will kiss the soul, and pretend good to the soul–and yet betray the soul forever!
It will with Delilah smile upon us, that it may betray us into the hands of the devil–as she betrayed Samson into the hands of the Philistines.
Tell the bewitched soul . . .
that sin is a viper which will certainly kill it,
that sin often kills secretly, insensibly, eternally;
yet the bewitched soul cannot, and will not, cease from sin!
That man is bewitched with sin–who had rather lose God, Christ, heaven, and his own soul–than part with his sin!
Sin promises the best–but pays with the worst.
Sin promises honor–and pays with disgrace.
Sin promises pleasure–and pays with pain.
Sin promises profit–and pays with loss.
Sin promises life–and pays with death!
A little hole in the ship–will sink it.
A little stab at the heart–will kill a man.
A little sin, without a great deal of mercy–will damn a man!
Oh, therefore, forever take heed of playing with, or nibbling at Satan’s golden baits!