Sunday, October 21, 2007

Today's Trendy Sermons Often Lack Repentance


Quoting Martyn Lloyd-Jones . . .

"The preaching and teaching of a false prophet does not emphasize repentance in any real sense. It has a very wide gate leading to salvation and a very broad way leading to heaven. You need not feel much of your own sinfulness; you need not be aware of the blackness of your own heart. You just "decide for Christ" and you rush in with the crowd, and your name is put down, and is one of the large number of 'decisions' reported by the press. It is entirely unlike the evangelism of the Puritans and of John Wesley, George Whitefield and others, which led men to be terrified of the judgment of God, and to have an agony of soul sometimes for days and weeks and months. John Bunyan tells us in his book Grace Abounding that he endured an agony of repentance for eighteen months. There does not seem to be much room for that today.

Repentance means that you realize that you are a guilty, vile sinner in the presence of God, that you deserve the wrath and punishment of God, that you are hell-bound. It means that you begin to realize that this thing called sin is in you, that you long to get rid of it, and that you turn your back on it in every shape and form. You renounce the world whatever the cost, the world in its mind and outlook as well as its practice, and you deny yourself, and take up the cross and go after Christ. Your nearest and dearest, and the whole world, may call you a fool, or say you have religious mania. You may have to suffer financially, but it makes no difference. That is repentance.

The false prophet does not put it like that.
He "heals the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly", simply saying that it is all right, and that you have but to "come to Christ", "follow Jesus", or "become a Christian"."

From: Studies in the Sermon on the Mount, Martyn Lloyd-Jones


Blogger Sirnickdon said...

I've always found the emphasis on "accepting Jesus into your heart" especially troubling. You hear it so much you'd think it was scriptural!

Also, am I the only one who thinks that the incantational nature of much modern evangelicalism bears a more-than-passing resemblance to gnosticism?


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

My, I wonder if Mr. Bunyon became a believer in repentence, or a believer of the gospel of Christ -- the power of God unto salvation. 18 months of wallowing in himself, now that is some kind of pride! I say pride, because how else could one do it for that long??? It's fortunate he did not happen to die in just a couple of days without being saved(?).

I cannot find any Scripture that states 'Repentence -- the power of God unto salvation'. Sorry, the Gospel is very clear in 1 Cor 15.


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