(Prov 26:11) As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.
(2 Pet 2:22) But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.
(Phil 3:2) Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.
(Rev 22:15) For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
The effect of sin on man is that it turns him into a
dog and a swine, with respect to the law of God. It makes man
antagonistic to the truth and he snarls at the truth if it is presented
to him. The carnal mind is enmity against God. The carnal mind is the
same nature that a dog and a swine have. As a swine tramples under his
feet anything and everything, so will a sinner do to the truth of God,
and the pearls of the Gospel. He affixes no value to the things of God,
or the Gospel of Christ. He becomes a despiser of them that are good.
(Titus 3:3) For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.
Sin makes a person hate God and others, also. The
sinner is in love with himself, and puts himself first. Sin makes people
love filthiness and uncleanness, and not only that, but they take
pleasure in them that do such things. Sin makes people oppose whatever
is holy, pure, virtuous, and good. This is against their own conscience
because inwardly their heart approves of these things.
If you would be kept from actual sins, think what an odious thing sin is. Besides what you have heard, remember sin is the accursed thing. Joshua 7:13. It is the abominable thing God hates. ‘Oh do not this abominable thing that I hate.’ Jeremiah 44:4. Sin is the spirit of witchcraft; it is the devil’s excrement; it is called filthiness. James 1:21. If all the evils in the world were put together, and their essence strained out, they could not make a thing so filthy as sin is. So odious is a sinner that God loathes the sight of him. ‘My soul lothed them.’ Zechariah 11:8. He who defiles himself with avarice, what is he but a serpent licking the dust? He who defiles himself with the lust of uncleanness, what is he but a swine with a man’s head? He who defiles himself with pride, what is he but a bladder which the devil has blown up? He who defiles himself with drunkenness, what is he but a beast that has got the staggers? To consider how odious and base a thing sin is, would be a means of keeping us from sinning.
God created man perfect and upright – sin has turned him into a dog and a swine.
(Eccl 7:29) Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.
There was nothing vile, or abominable about man in the state he was created.
(Gen 1:31) And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
Six times in Genesis 1 we read, “it was good” – and
after man was created, “it was VERY good.” There was no strife,
violence, hatred, envy, or covetousness. There was no such thing as
“hateful, and hating one another.” Every thing that is wrong with man is
because of the effects of sin on him. Every thing that is wrong in the
world is because of the effects of sin. Every baby that starves, every
war that is fought, every bit of pain and suffering is because of the
effects of sin. Every hateful word, and every injustice done is because