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Licensed to Kill: A Field Manual for Mortifying Sin (Hedges)

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The Christian life is not a playground, but a battleground. One of the fiercest foes in this battle dwells within our own hearts: the enemy of indwelling sin. The Scriptures command us to “put sin to death.” This is what pastors and theologians of another generation called the “mortification” of sin. But how do we mortify sin? And what role does the gospel play in this effort to apply lethal force against sin? How can we avoid falling into legalism while still maintaining a passion for holiness? And what kinds of strategies actually work in the daily battle? These are questions I have personally wrestled with as both a Christian and a pastor. This book is my attempt to answer those questions and provide a biblical and practical guide for the war against sin.



  1. Killing Sin — The Definition of Mortification
  2. Toward Life or Death — Why Sin Must Be Killed
  3. The Monster Within — The Nature of Indwelling Sin
  4. With Murderous Intent — How Sin Works in Our Souls
  5. Soul Surgery — Preparing for Mortification
  6. Transforming Grace — The Power of the Gospel
  7. Crucified with Christ — How the Cross Kills Sin
  8. Empowered by the Spirit — His Role and Ours
  9. The Weapons of War — Meditation and Prayer



Brian Hedgesis the lead pastor for Fulkerson Park Baptist Church in Niles, Michigan. He has been married to Holly since 1996 and has three children: Stephen, Matthew, and Susannah. He has contributed articles to Heartcry! A Journal on Revival and Spiritual Awakening, Pastor Connect, and The Banner of Truth magazine.



“If you’re ready to put sin to death instead of trying to manage it, this book outlines the only strategy that works. This is a book I will return to and regularly recommend to others.” – Bob Lepine, Co-Host, FamilyLife Today

“A theologically solid and helpfully illustrated book.” – Joe Thorn,