A quote from John Owen:
There is no death of sin without the death of Christ. You know what attempts there are made after it by the papists, in their vows, penances, and satisfactions. I dare say of them (I mean as many of them as act upon the principles of their church, as they call it) what Paul says of Israel in point of righteousness: They have followed after mortification, but they have not attained to it. Wherefore? "Because they seek it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law" (Romans 9:31-32).~John Owen (Of The Mortification Of Sin In Believers, Part 2, Chapter 7)
This quote was taken from the book Overcoming Sin and Temptation, Three Classic Works By John Owen, published by Crossway in 2006.
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