John Owen

John Owen, also known by his bardic name Owain Alaw Pencerdd, was a Welsh language poet, baritone vocalist, accompanist and musician.

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But this is the second work of the law when it hath by its convictions brought the sinner into a condition of a sense of guilt which he cannot avoid, -- nor will anything tender him relief, which way so ever he lose, for he is in a desert, -- it represents unto him the holiness and severity of God, with his indignation and wrath against sin which have a resemblance of a consuming fire. This fills his heart with dread and terror and makes him see his miserable, undone condition.
Mortification from a self-strength, carried on by ways of self-invention, unto the end of a self-righteousness, is the soul and substnace of all false religion in the world.
No men can be lords of our faith, though they may be helpers of our joy.
Science cannot resolve moral conflicts, but it can help to more accurately frame the debates about those conflicts.
The foundation of true holiness and true Christian worship is the doctrine of the gospel, what we are to believe. So when Christian doctrine is neglected, forsaken, or corrupted, true holiness and worship will also be neglected, forsaken, and corrupted.
Unless men see a beauty and delight in the worship of God, they will not do it willingly.
We need to attend diligently to the state of our soul, and to deal fervently and effectively with God about it.
Without absolutes revealed from without by God Himself, we are left rudderless in a sea of conflicting ideas about manners, justice and right and wrong, issuing from a multitude of self-opinionated thinkers.

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