John Owen on the role of Law and Gospel in the mortification of our sin:

“But if a man is so dominated by the power of his lust that he has nothing but the law to oppose it, then that sin possesses his will. If he cannot fight against it with gospel weapons, and deals with it Image
entirely by hell and judgment (which are the proper arms of the law), then it is evident that sin has conquered his will and his affections, and to a very great extent. Such a person has rejected the conduct of renewing grace. He is kept from ruin only by restraining grace.
He has fallen from grace and is now back under the power of the law. This must surely provoke Christ to anger. He has thrown off Christ’s easy, gentle yoke and rule, and put on the iron yoke of the law, just to indulge a lust.”
there’s more I forgot to add:

“Judge yourself by this: what do you say to your soul when sin forces you to make a stand? You must either serve the sin and rush into folly, like a horse into battle, or you must make headway against it to suppress it. How does the conversation go
with yourself? Do you say, ‘The outcome of this will be Hell; vengeance will find me.’ If so, then it is time for you to look around; evil lies at your door. To clearly demonstrate that sin shall not have control over believers, Paul’s main argument is that they ‘are not under
the law, but under grace.’ If your battles with sin are all legalistic, what assurance do you have that sin will not control you and be your ruin?”

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“Let your soul admit this: ‘I am a pitiful, weak creature, unstable as water. I cannot excel. This corruption is too hard for me, and it is on the verge of ruining my soul. I do not know what to do. My soul has become
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“Consider the opportunities he might have taken over a period of time to make you ashamed and reproached in this world, and an object of His wrath forever. Think about how you dealt treacherously and falsely with him from Image
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“At that time, the great and the righteous men, and kings and prophets, were aware indeed that the Redeemer was coming; but that He should suffer and be crucified, and His blood poured out upon
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>be me, a 7th grader who's obsessed with Ken Ham & is an avid YEC
>read John Walton in high school & default to accepting all mainstream science as not conflicting with my faith
>further study the ideological nature of most modern "science"
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and in regard to ppl like John Walton, what they do is simply take a small fragment of truth and expand it to make it seem like it is the bigger picture than everything else and all else is therefore wrong.

I'll give an example in regard to the flood account.
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