Here’s a newer and very good resource on fighting sin and growing in grace: Diehard Sins by Rush Witt. I have to admit when I first got this book I wasn’t sure what to expect since I’ve read similar books on the topic – some good, some not so good. This is one of the good ones!
There are three main parts: 1) Enter with Joy into Your Struggle against Daily Sin, 2) Understand the True Needs of Your Heart, and 3) Bring Christ and his Provisions to Your Fight. The topics covered include a discussion of the nature of sin, what it means to struggle with sin, how to detect sin in your own life, and applying the gospel to the struggle with sin (among others).
I appreciate the book first because it is rooted in Scripture and very much grounded in the gospel. Witt strikes a nice balance between resting in Christ and actively putting sin to death – you can only do the latter by doing the former. A big picture summary of the book would probably be like this: How to fight sin by depending on Christ. Since there is a proper law/gospel distinction, the book gives some helpful biblical lessons in fighting sin.
Another strength of the book is that Witt approaches the topic from a counseling perspective. It’s not a counseling book specifically, but there are some counseling themes and, in my opinion, helpful wisdom on practical ways to put sin to death. For example, one appendix is a brief outline to resisting temptation: Refuse, Replace, Pray, and Praise.
Finally, I appreciate how the author mentions that we fight sin best in the context of the body of Christ and the means of grace: the last chapter is called “Fighting Sin in the Community of Faith.” This book isn’t a call to fight sin on our own, but to do it depending on grace while walking beside and with other believers.
If you want a good resource on fighting sin, I very much recommend this one: Diehard Sins. There are a few reflection questions after each chapter, so it would make a good group study or book club resource. I’m glad I own this book, and I’ve already used it in my own ministry!
Rush Witt, Diehard Sins, (P&R Publishing, 2018).
(Note: The author kindly sent me a copy to review, although I was not compelled in any way to write a positive review. If I didn’t like the book, I would’ve said so!)
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