Satan is a liar and sin is deceitful. What we think will be a blessing becomes a burden– or even worse, bonds that enslave us. What appears to be a fine hair or cobweb becomes a cart rope that we cannot break. Way back in 1868, Archibald Brown described the deceitfulness of sin like this:
‘Oh then, just add a few more links, the chain will then answer my purpose, and you shall be well paid.’ The blacksmith, with his remaining strength, and last few scraps of iron, adds the last link he can. ‘The chain will now do,’ says the man, ‘you have worked hard and long; I will now pay you your wages.’ And taking the chain, he suddenly binds the blacksmith hand and foot, and casts him into a furnace of fire!
Such are the wages of sin. It promises much–but its reward is damnation!
Servants of sin and Satan, behold your future doom! Be honest, and confess that your service is hard work, and bad pay. God forbid that in this large concourse of people, there should be a single one who will ever learn by bitter, eternal experience that “the wages of sin is death!”