One of the common and overlying points Dr. Owen makes is that we must hate sin as sin. This means to hate it, and thus flee from it, because it is against God, whom we love. Please pay special attention to what he says about the following:
To fear sin is to fear the Lord; so the holy man tells us that they are the same: Job 28:28, "The fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil, that is understanding."Hating and resisting sin is a practical fruit and evidence of a true fear of the Lord! Which means the opposite is true: if you don't have a detestation of sin that drives you from it, you are lacking Wisdom and Understanding (which are Christ in the Proverbs).
Here is more evidence:
Prov. 8:13 - "The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate."
I'm afraid that not enough, if any, of either of those occurs in very many "Christians" of today.
Do you think you have a hatred of sin? If you died today, how would you be eulogized? "He was a good person," or, "He really loved his family," or, "He really loved the Lord." Let me then ask, how would any of that be evidenced? Before you answer, here's one way that WOULD evidence those things to be true: how do you compare to the following, noted by A.W. Pink in Chapter 7 of his book "The Life of Faith":
The emperor Arcadius and his wife had a very bitter feeling towards Chrysostom, bishop of Constantinople. One day, in a fit of anger, the emperor said to one of his courtiers. "I would I were avenged of this bishop!" Several then proposed how this should be done. "Banish him and exile him to the desert," said one. "Put him in prison," said another. "Confiscate his property," said a third. "Let him die," said a fourth. Another courtier, whose vices Chrysostom had reproved, said maliciously, "You all make a great mistake. You will never punish him by such proposals. If banished the kingdom, he will feel God as near to him in the desert as here. If you put him in prison and load him with chains, he will still pray for the poor and praise God in the prison. If you confiscate his property, you merely take away his goods from the poor, not from him. If you condemn him to death, you open heaven to him. Prince, do you wish to be revenged on him"? Force him to commit sin. I know him: this man fears nothing in the world but sin." O that this were the only remark which our fellows could pass on you and me, fellow-believer (From the Fellowship magazine).
Ponder that for a while.
And so, when you're standing before God in the end, for what will you be known?