For evil to triumph, it is only necessary for good men to do nothing. (Edmund Burke)
Before I can preach love and grace, I must preach sin, law and judgement. (John Wesley)
Sin is the dare of God’s justice, the rape of his mercy, the jeer of his patience, the slight of his power, and the contempt of his love. (John Bunyan)
He that hath slight thoughts of sin never had great thoughts of God. (John Owen)
No sin is small. No grain of sand is small in the mechanism of a watch. (Jeremy Taylor)
Sin may be clasped so close we cannot see its face. (R.C. Trench)
[Sin is] cosmic treason. (R.C. Sproul)
Sin as a caterpillar is dangerous, but sin as a butterfly is a thousand times worse. If sin in its ugliest form is dangerous, who can know its unmeasured power and influence when it puts on robes of beauty! (Megiddo Messenger)
It is pointless to complain that crime and sin receive more publicity than exemplary behaviour. It is, on the contrary, a matter of some satisfaction that evil is still regarded as news. (Cardinal Heenan)
Our sense of sin is in proportion to our nearness of God. (Thomas D. Bernard)
First we practice sin, then defend it, then boast of it. (Thomas Manton)
Sins are like circles in the water when a stone is thrown into it; one produces another. When anger was in Cain’s heart, murder was not far off. (Philip Henry)
Those sins that seem most sweet in life, will prove most bitter in death. (Thomas Brooks)
As a man may die as well by a fly choking him as by a lion devouring him…so, likewise, little sins will sink a man to hell as soon as great sins. (Daniel Cowdray)
Let them pretend what they please, the true reason why any despise the new birth is because they hate a new life. (John Owen)
A sin is two sins when it is defended. (Henry Smith)
The Word will tell you that it is no more safe to follow a multitude to do evil than it will be sweet to be in hell with a great company. (John Collins)
Dim or indistinct views of sin are the origin of most of the errors, heresies, and false doctrines of the present day. If a man does not realise the dangerous nature of his soul’s disease, you cannot wonder if he is content with false or imperfect remedies. (J.C. Ryle, Holiness, p1)
No man that seeth himself to be a sinner really, can count himself a small or little sinner. Nor can it ever be, till there be a little God to offend, a little guilt to contract, a little law to break, and a little wrath to incur. All which are impossible to be, blasphemy to wish, and madness to expect. (Robert Traill)
Little sins are like little thieves, they open the door to big ones. (Spurgeon)
If the best man’s faults were written in his forehead, it would make him pull his hat over his eyes. (John Trapp)
But sin goeth in disguise, and thence is welcome; like Judas, it kisseth and kills; like Joab, it salutes and slays. (George Swinnock)
In all their jollity in this world, [the wicked] are but as a book fairly bound, which when it is opened is full of nothing but tragedies. So when the book of their consciences shall be once opened, there is nothing to be read but lamentations and woes.
Ye have all sinned! Oh, if ye knew what a world of evil is in that cursed things, SIN! Sin is an ordinary word, a little word, and most men do apprehend that there is but little in it. But mistake not; there is much in it; more than angels or men can ever discover. (Halyburton)
Original sin: a sin which no-one else has thought of before. Sins of omission: sins we should have committed but had got round to it.
One reason sin flourishes is tht it is treated like cream puff instead of a rattlesnake. (Billy Sunday)
Scripture sets before us a man who is not only bound, captive, sick and dead, but who, through the operation of Satan, his lord, adds to his other miseries that of blindness, so that he believes himself to be free, happy, possessed of liberty and ability, whole and alive. (Luther, Bondage of the Will)
The life of the natural man is one departure from God. He is not only not quite right; he is altogether wrong. Every step he takes is a step of departure farther from God. (J.H. Evans)
Oh, how horrible our sins look when they are committed by someone else. [Charles R. Swindoll)
The sins of the bedroom are not the only ones. The sins of the boardroom should be just as much a matter of concern. [Bishop Richard Harries]
“What is sin?
It is the glory of God not honored.
The holiness of God not reverenced.
The greatness of God not admired.
The power of God not praised.
The truth of God not sought.
The wisdom of God not esteemed.
The beauty of God not treasured.
The goodness of God not savored.
The faithfulness of God not trusted.
The commandments of God not obeyed.
The justice of God not respected.
The wrath of God not feared.
The grace of God not cherished.
The presence of God not prized.
The person of God not loved.
That is sin.”