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Msg #1834 Repentance Is Required

Msg #1834 Repentance Is Required

What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice

Msg #1834 Repentance Is Required

What The Bible Says

Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice

 

“Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving kindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin” (Psalm 51:1-2). David provides exhibit A for the need of our repentance. Mercy needs called for when the guilty and condemned want to escape just desert. Recall “the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke xviii.13). An hundred-and-ninety years ago J. Thornton was compelled to write a lengthy discourse, “Repentance – Explained and Enforced,” to confront false teachers who po-poed repentance of sin. He declares, “Repentance is contrition of heart, deep self-abhorrence, where the genuinely penitent one is abased and confounded with a view of the greatness of his sins.” Among the many Scriptures defending this definition he points out Psalm xl. 12. “For innumerable evils have compassed me about: mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of mine head: therefore my heart faileth me.” A hundred-and-thirty years ago Charles H. Spurgeon embarked on a similar defense stating, “Repentance is to leave the sin we loved before and show that we in earnest grieve by doing so no more.” The Roman's Latin Vulgate struck every occurrence of “repentance” from their translation and substituted “penance.” Ecumenical modernists would do it again today; be on guard for their pernicious ways. Forgiveness only comes to those who can lament “woe unto us, that we have sinned” (Lam 5:16). Our sacrifice for sin needs to be “A broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise” (Psalm li.17).

 

An Essay for week #34 Aug 26, 2018

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