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

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 third device in the following paragraph:

DEVICE 3. By extenuating and lessening of sin. Ah! saith Satan, it is but a little pride, a little worldliness, a little uncleanness, a little drunkenness, etc. As Lot said of Zoar, “It is but a little one, and my soul shall live” (Gen. 19.20). Alas! saith Satan, it is but a very little sin that you stick so at. You may commit it without any danger to your soul. It is but a little one; you may commit it, and yet your soul shall live.

Am I the only one who considers the sins of others as “serious” sins, but look upon my own as merely peccadilloes? I need to remember what I taught my boys when they were young and memorizing the Children’s Catechism:

Question: What does every sin deserve?
Answer: The wrath and curse of God.

May we flee to Christ, readily confessing our sins, and, seeking His sanctifying grace to enable us to “press toward the mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”



  1. Sandra A. said,

    March 11, 2011 at 9:08 AM

    Now you’ve really gone to meddling, Clifton. heehee
    Thanks for this week’s blogs; they have given me much food for thought and repentance.

    • cliftonr said,

      March 11, 2011 at 9:31 AM

      Thomas Brooks is the “meddler,” I am just the “messenger.”

      • Sandra A. said,

        March 11, 2011 at 8:51 PM

        oh, sure, blame it on Thomas. 🙂

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