Josiah Shute on the need to forsake beloved sins

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[A]s men take knowledge of those sins which domineer most in them, so they must forsake and leave them, yea though they be as dear unto them as Shechinah’s wife was unto him. And tell me not that this is difficult, but hearken to what our Saviour Christ saith, If thy right hand offend thee cut it off, for it is better to enter maimed into heaven, then having two hands to be cast into hell fire. And what dost thou telling me that they be profitable sins? is not Godliness the best, nay the only gain? and what dost thou tell me of thy sweet sin of licentiousness? I tell thee, Momentaneum quod delectat, aeternum quod cruciat, it is a momentary pleasure, and unless thou forsake it, will bring thee into eternal torments, to the utter ruin of thy soul & body. ...

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