For a drop of pleasure!

(Thomas Watson, "The Ten Commandments")  LISTEN to Audio!  Download Audio

"You shall not murder." Exodus 20:13

Many murder their own souls! They willfully damn themselves, and throw themselves into Hell!

Who are those who murder their own souls?

They willfully murder their souls—who have no sense of God, or the world to come, and are past feeling. Tell them of God's holiness and justice, and they are not affected at all. "They made their hearts as an adamant stone!" Zechariah 7:12. Sinners have adamantine hearts—nothing will work upon them, neither ordinances nor judgments. They do not believe in God; they laugh at Hell. Thus they murder their own souls, and throw themselves into Hell as fast as they can!

They willfully murder their own souls—who resign themselves to their lusts, let what will come of it. "Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more!" Ephesians 4:19
Let ministers speak to them about their sins,
let conscience speak,
let afflictions speak—
they will have their lusts, even though they go to Hell for them! Do not these murder their own souls? Many say in their hearts, "Let our sins damn us—just so that they but please us!" Herod will have his incestuous lusts, though it costs him his soul.

For a drop of pleasure
, men will drink a sea of wrath! These massacre and damn their own souls!

"A wicked man's iniquities entrap him;
 he is entangled in the ropes of his own sin.
 He will be lost because of his great stupidity." Proverbs 5:22-23

Oh! take heed of murdering your own souls!