Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection
Conviction: of Sin
There is something to be learned from the conduct of the Papists to our sires. If any poor wretch recanted and so escaped the fire, they were accustomed to make him carry a fagot at the next burning, as if to let him see what he had escaped, and make him confess what he had deserved. Depend upon it, conviction of sin is much like this carrying of the fagot. Well do I remember when I felt the sentence of death within me, and trembled lest it should be executed; my conscience was a minor hell, a fagot of the pile of Tophet. But, blessed be God, we are thus judged and sentenced in ourselves that we may not be condemned with the world. We bear the fagot that we may not be burned with it
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Spurgeon, Charles. Entry for 'Conviction: of Sin'. Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/fff/c/conviction-of-sin.html. 1870.