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The Sinfulness of Sin - Puritan Paperbacks (Venning)

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First published in the aftermath of the Great Plague of London and entitled Sin, The Plague of Plagues, this book gives a crystal-clear explanation of what sin is, why it is so serious, and what we need to do about it. Here is reliable medicine for a fatal epidemic.

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Table of Contents:

Part One: Introduction

The purpose and scope of these sermons, explained and applied

Part Two: Babes

Babes in Christ, their attainments and deficiencies (1 Cor. 3:1-2 and Heb. 5:11-14)

Part Three: Little Children

Little children in Christ, their attainments of knowledge, the means of gaining it, and their privileges (1 John 2:12-13)

Part Four: Young Men

Young men in Christ, their attainment of strength, the means by which it is possessed, and the reality of conflict and conquest (1 John 2:13-14)

Part Five: Fathers in Israel

Their characteristics and abilities


The benefit of knowing where one belongs

Reaching Forward  


‘Works like Ralph Venning’s The Sinfulness of Sin have steered me into a greater understanding of God, his word, and indeed even my own heart. Few today would dare think so carefully and comprehensively about the Bible’s teaching on the stuff of sin. Fewer still would dare write it. Perhaps even fewer have sat to read Venning’s cogent study. But any who read this book will never think the same way about sin, evil, and God’s grace in Christ Jesus. Thank you, Banner.’ — DAVID GARNER.


Ralph Venning (1621-1674) was an English Puritan and minister during the English Revolution and Act of Unconformity in the 1600s.