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The Nature, Danger and Cure of Temptation

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Richard Capel (1586–1656) was a puritan divine and fiery preaching of the Gospel, who was invited to sit on the Westminster Assembly.

In this masterful treatise on temptation, Capel explains what temptation is, what it means that one is drawn aside into temptation, what being enticed to sin means, and what it means to be tempted to lust (lust being a hinge for all temptation). He gives general rules for dealing with temptations, as well as specific remedies to fight against them. He shows that no temptations can be won over without the power of Christ through the Spirit, and how that work is accomplished in God’s people.

A most excellent section to this treatise is Capel’s vivid depiction of how one sin will give way to other sins; a section worth its weight in gold to the glory of Jesus Christ.

This work is not a scan or facsimile, has been carefully transcribed by hand being made easy to read in modern English, and has an active table of contents for electronic versions.

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