Archive for the ‘repentance’ Category

Creating a Jesus we are comfortable with

February 5, 2014
Jesus wanted us to be loving and forgiving.
Sir Elton John
He also demands we repent (Matthew 4:17). We want to make a kinder, gentler Jesus that makes no demands on us. And how could he? That Jesus doesn’t exist.
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evangelism is the issuing of a call to turn, as well as trust

January 12, 2010

Evangelism…means summoning men to receive Christ Jesus as all that He is—Lord, as well as Saviour—and therefore to serve Him as their King in the fellowship of His church…In other words, evangelism is the issuing of a call to turn, as well as trust; it is the delivering, not merely of a divine invitation to receive a Saviour, but a divine command to repent of sin. And there is no evangelism where this specific application is not made.

J.I. Packer, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1991), 39-40, quoted in Michael A. Robinson, God Does Exist!, Author House 2006, p.160

Too late

November 9, 2009

Air France’s Concorde crashed shortly after take-off from Paris’ CDG airport in July 2000.

As the investigators sought to discover the reason for the accident, they scoured the tapes of the pilot’s conversations with the control tower. His last words, as he fought to save his stricken aircraft were, ‘Too late.'”

Many will say with regret when they meet King Jesus on Judgement Day, ‘Too late’. Too late to repent; too late to receive the free gift of salvation; too late to believe; too late to do anything to avert destruction.

It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul

October 13, 2009

Invictus

In the fell clutch of Circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeons of Chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

W.E. Henley

quoted by Oklahoma bomber Timothy McVeigh at his execution.

This is unrepentant self-will. But such a ‘captain’ of one’s own soul will find that his liberty to chart his own course, is an illusion – both in this life and in the place where the ‘punishments (of) the scroll’ are endlessly meted out. The ‘fear’ he did not feel in life will be felt in death – and a fear without hope of ending.

Let a man go to the grammar school of faith and repentance before he attends the University of Election

October 12, 2009

Let a man go to the grammar school of faith and repentance before he attends the University of Election.

John Bradford

From George Whitefield’s Journals (London: Banner of Truth, 1960), p. 491. Quoted in George Whitefield, Vol. 1 by Arnold Dallimore, p. 570.

The plain exhibition of the doctrines of the Gospel was exceedingly offensive to many of (Henry Martyn’s) hearers

October 9, 2009

The plain exhibition of the doctrines of the Gospel was exceedingly offensive to many of (Henry Martyn’s) hearers. Nor did the ferment thus excited subside quickly, as it often does, into pity or contempt. He had the pain very shortly after, of being personally attacked from the pulpit by some of his brethren, whose zeal hurried them into the violation, not only of an express canon of the Church, but of the yet higher law of Christian charity, and led them to make an intemperate attack upon him and upon many of the truths of the Gospel. Even when he was himself present at Church, Mr. ______ spoke with sufficient plainness of him and of his doctrines, calling them inconsistent, extravagant and absurd; drawing a vast variety of false inferences from them, and thence arguing against them — declaring, for instance, that to affirm repentance to be the gift of God— and to teach that nature is wholly corrupt, was to drive men to despair — that to suppose the righteousness of Christ sufficient to justify, is to make it unnecessary to have any of our own. Though compelled to listen to this downright heresy; to hear himself described as knowing neither what he said, nor whereof he affirmed — and as speaking only to gratify self-sufficiency, pride, and uncharitableness, — “I rejoiced,” said this meek and holy man thus unjustly aspersed, “to receive the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper afterwards — as the solemnities of that blessed ordinance sweetly tended to soothe any asperity of mind; and I think that I administered the cup to ______ and _______, with sincere good-will.”

The Life and Letters of Henry Martyn, John Sargent, Banner, 1985, p.154-155

Wrong first, wrong forever

October 7, 2009

Wrong first, wrong forever.

Chinese proverb

i.e. if you set out on the wrong course, or in the wrong direction, you will always go wrong. Repentance means re-tracing your steps and setting out in a ‘new direction’.

And this vileness that at present does so much swallow up our youth…

October 4, 2009

I have often marvelled at our youth, and said in my heart, What should be the reason that they should be so generally debauched as they are at this day? For they are now amazingly profane; and sometimes I have thought one thing and sometimes another; that is, why God should suffer it so to be. At last I have thought this: How if the God whose ways are past finding out should suffer it so to be now that he might make of some of them the more glorious saints hereafter? I know sin is of the devil, but it cannot work in the world without permission… it would not be the first time God has caught Satan in his own design. For my part, I believe that the time is at hand that we shall see better saints… than we have seen in many a day. And this vileness that at present does so much swallow up our youth is one cause of my thinking so; for out of them… when God puts forth his hand, as of old, you shall see what penitent ones, what trembling ones, and what admirers of grace, will be found to profess the gospel, to the glory of God by Christ.

John Bunyan, writing in the 17th century.

There is no rowing to paradise except upon the stream of repenting tears

September 23, 2009

There is no rowing to paradise except upon the stream of repenting tears.

Till sin be bitter, Christ will not be sweet. Some bless themselves that they have a
stock of knowledge, but what is knowledge good for, without repentance? Learning and
a bad heart, is like a pretty face with a cancer in the breast! Knowledge without repentance
will be but a torch to light the way to hell.

Thomas Watson (more Watson gems)

Guilt and works (of penance)

August 25, 2009

If you go to Uttoxeter today there is a monument to Samuel Johnson. Johnson’s father ran a bookstall on market, and young Samuel once refused to help out on the stall. When Johnson was older, he stood in the rain (without a hat) as a penance for his failure to assist his father.

His act could not atone for his guilt but yet he felt the need to do it. Penance is not repentance from sin.