"Nothing, perhaps, more secretly and effectually militates against the vigor of a life of faith, than the power of unsubdued sin in the heart. Faith, as we have just seen, is a holy indwelling principle; it has its root in the renewed, sanctified heart; and its growth and fruitfulness depend much upon the progressive richness of the soil in which it is embedded: if the noxious weeds of the natural soil are allowed to grow and occupy the heart, and gain the ascendancy, this celestial plant will necessarily droop and decay. In order to form some conception of the utter incongruity of a life of faith with the existence and power of unmortified sin in the heart, we have but to imagine the case of a believer living in the practice of unsubdued sin. What is the real power of faith in him? where is its strength? where are its glorious achievements? We look for the fruit of faiththe lowly, humble, contrite spiritthe tender consciencethe traveling daily to the atoning bloodthe living upon the grace that is in Christ Jesusthe carrying out of Christian principlecrucifixion to the worldpatient submission to a life of sufferingmeek resignation to a Father's disciplinea constant and vivid realization of eternal realitieswe look for these fruits of faith, but we find them not. And why? Because there is the worm of unmortified sin feeding at the root; and, until that is slain, faith will always be sickly, unfruitful, and "ready to die."
Wow. There's some very excellent ministry here. Winslow's words are a special gift to the body of Christ, and all of his books are real food for the spirit man. It's good to see him in the forum. Thanks for posting this very edifying excerpt.Brother Paul
_________________Paul Frederick West