Pierre Viret on the progression of sin

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If we will well flee sin, let us keep us as far from it, as we can, and take heed not only to touch it, but also to come near it, for it is so infectious a plague, and so stinking and dangerous a poison, that although one keep himself back from it so far as is possible, yet can he not avoid, but that he shall be infected & corrupted therewith. A man cannot have so small acquaintance therewith, but that immediately it will be turned into over great familiarity and boldness, and then into a customer, which cannot be shaken off: as we see it by experience in all sorts of sin. ...

[W]hen chastity is once violated so far, it will go hard, if in short space it perish not altogether, and that whoredom follow not incontinently thereupon, notwithstanding at the beginning there will be some shame fastness, which will keep it secret: but after by process of time and long custom, this shamefastness will fall by little and little, so that the secret harlot will become altogether impudent without any shame at all, or fear of God or man. As much may we say of all other sins: for it is all one reason: By little steps a man cometh to the heap and depth of sin: But I have willingly taken the example of whoredom, because it is most like unto idolatry. ...

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