Mortification Is Not to Root Sin Out and Destroy It

“To mortify a sin is not to utterly root it out and destroy it, that it should have no more hold at all nor residence in our hearts. It is true this is what we aim at, but we will not be able to accomplish it in this life. All who seek mortification seek the utter destruction, both of its fruit and its root in the heart and life. They seek to kill it, so that it will never move nor stir any more, nor cry,  call, seduce or tempt, to all eternity. We aim at the total destruction of the sin, so that it does not exist.”

– John Owen, The Mortification of Sin, p.26-27

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