“let a man setup any sin in delightful contemplation and meditation, that same inward acting of his sin, either actually casts him upon the outward adventures, or invites them. This is the LEAST that it does. It strangely ripens his natural inclination; and, besides that, it PREPARES him for a temptation that suits that way. Satan shall not need to tempt him who has already tempted himself: and he who will work sin in his heart, a weak occasion will draw it out into his life. Thirty pieces of silver will prevail with a covetous Judas , who already had gold as his master in his heart.”
Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/anatomy-of-sin.92562/, Comment 1
Hugh Binning, Works, p. 342:
Though ye be secured in your eternal estate, and there can come no condemnation that way, yet there is much hurt comes by sin, even in this world; and sure, I think it a very rational and Christian inducement, to prevail with a Christian not to sin, to tell him that he shall make a foolish bargain by it, for he shall lose much more than he can gain. Is there no hurt or loss incident to men, but eternal perdition? Nay, my beloved, there is a loss Christians may sustain by sinning freely, which all the combined advantages of sin cannot compensate. Is not one hour’s communion with God, are not the peace of your own consciences, and the joy of the Spirit, such inestimable jewels, that it were more suitable for a man to sell the world, and buy them, than to sell them, and buy a poor momentary trifling contentment, which hath a sting in the tail of it, and leaves nothing but vexation after it? O these bruises in David’s bones, these breaches in his spirit, that loss of the joy of his salvation! Let these teach you who are escaped the great hurt of sin, to fear, at least, to be hurt by it this way, more than ever you can expect to be helped by it.
Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/much-hurt-comes-by-sin.89561/, Comment 1
Hugh Binning, Works, p. 337:
This is the round in which a believer is to walk, – to turn from pardon to purity, and from pollution again to pardon, for these voices and sounds are interchanged continually. If ye have sinned, believe in Christ the advocate and sacrifice, and, because ye have believed, sin not; but if ye be overtaken in sin, yet believe. And as this is daily renewed, so the soul’s study and endeavour in them should be daily renewed too. If ye have sinned, despair not; if ye be pardoned, yet presume not. After sin there is hope, it is true, because “there is forgiveness with him;” but after forgiveness, there must be fear to offend his goodness; for there is forgiveness with him, that he may be feared, Ps. 130:4. And this is the situation I would desire my soul in, – to be placed between hope of his mercy and fear of sin, the faith of his favour and the hatred of sin, which he will not favour; and how happy were a soul to be confined within these, and kept captive to its true liberty!
Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/the-believers-daily-round.89536/, Comment 1
Hugh Binning, Works, p. 335:
Look upon all his particular acts of care and favour towards thee, consider his judgments upon the world, upon the nation, or thine own person. Put to thine ear, and hear. This is the joint harmonious melody, this is the proclamation of all, “that we sin not,” that we sin not against so good a God, and so great a God. That were wickedness, this were madness. If he wound, it is “that we sin not:” if he heal again, it is “that we sin not.” Doth he kill? It is “that we sin not!” Doth he make alive? It is for the same end. Doth he shut up and restrain our liberty, either by bondage, or sickness, or other afflictions? Why, he means “that we sin not.” Doth he open again? He means the same thing, “that we sin no more, lest a worse thing befall us.” Doth he make many to fall in battle, and turn the fury of that upon us? The voice of it is, that you who are left behind should “sin no more.” Is there severity towards others, and towards you clemency? O the loud voice of that is, “sin not!”
Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/it-is-%E2%80%9Cthat-we-sin-not%E2%80%9D.89531/, Comment 1
This raises the perennial theological and philosophical issue of the relationship of God to evil. If God is sovereign, does this mean that He is the author of sin? And if God is sovereign, does this not make our decision-making a fiction and not a reality? And does this not also imply that the universe is like a computer, carrying out the pre-programming of a sovereign software specialist with no real liberty of its own? To all three questions, the Westminster Confession of Faith responded with a negative: “God, from all eternity, did, by the most wise and holy counsel of His own will freely, and unchangeably ordain whatsoever comes to pass: yet so, as thereby neither is God the author of sin, nor is violence offered to the will of the creatures; nor is the liberty or contingency of second causes taken away, but rather established” (3.1)…
Read more: http://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/decree-god/
Ralph Erskine (The Nature and Excellency of Purity opened), Sermons 1:299:
I will tell you of five stones that you should daily cast at your lusts. (1.) The stone of instituted means and appointed ordinances. Is prayer a mean? is the word a mean? Use these means in the Lord’s strength. (2.) The stone of scriptural argument, such as Joseph’s argument: “Shall I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” David’s argument: shall I do so and so? “Then would I offend the generation of the righteous.” (3.) The stone of gospel-promises, such as that: “I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean. I will give you a new heart and a new spirit,” etc. “Having these promises, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of flesh and spirit.” Plead the promises and cry for the grace promised. (4.) The stone of Christ’s mediation and prayer; John 17:15, 17, “Sanctify them through thy truth, thy word is truth.” “While they are in the world, keep them from the evil of it.” Improve the intercession of Christ. (5.) The stone of Christ’s death and passion. His crucifixion is that in the virtue whereof sin is crucified. Improve his death and look for virtue to come from thence. – Look to the Lord for grace and skill to cast these stones into the head of Goliath.