“Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices” by Thomas Brooks II

The Puritan pastor, Thomas Brooks, in his book, Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices, lists several of the “devices” or strategies that Satan uses to destroy the souls of men. He describes the second device in the following paragraph:

DEVICE 2. By painting sin with virtue’s colours. Satan knows that if he should present sin in its own nature and dress, the soul would rather fly from it than yield to it; and therefore he presents it unto us, not in its own proper colours, but painted and gilded over with the name and show of virtue, that we may the more easily be overcome by it, and take the more pleasure in committing of it. Pride, he presents to the soul under the name and notion of neatness and cleanliness, and covetousness (which the apostle condemns for idolatry) to be but good husbandry [thrift]; and drunkenness to be good fellowship, and riotousness under the name and notion of liberality, and wantonness as a trick of youth.

The world, the flesh, and the devil will always provide us with a good reason (better word would be, “excuse”) to give in to the present temptation. Always follow Jesus’ direction to His disciples, “Keep watching and praying, that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Math. 26:41)

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