If there is a common contagious disease (the plague or the like), every man will take care of his health and safety on other occasions, but be extremely careful about the general contagion. If we now want to give up the source of the age and the plague of the place where we live and the plague of Christians, we should be very careful so that this general contagion does not reach us more or less either way. It is clear to me that the apostasy from faith, the cursed apostasy from faith that spreads over this nation and whose fruits lie in all godlessness and impurity, consists in a apostasy from faith and abandonment of the person of Christ. Some write about how little the person of Christ is used in religion – just to teach us the gospel teaching. Consider men’s preaching and speaking. You have a lot of sermon and discourse about virtue and vice; so it was among ancient philosophers: but Jesus Christ is put aside, just like something forgotten; as if he had no use in religion, no consideration; as if people didn’t know how to use it to live before God.
This is, as is evident, the general plague of the descent of the day we live. If we are wise, we will consider very carefully whether we ourselves will be influenced more or less by it. Where there is a general temptation, it more or less tries all people, the best believers, and more or less prevails against their spirits. I am afraid we do not have some of us, this love for Christ, this joy in him, nor do we make this permanent stay with him as we did
John Owen, The works of John Owen, ed. William H. Goold, vol. 9 (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, n.D.), 369.
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