Repentance

“Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Matt 4:17

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Order of Contents

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On Making Confession of Sins

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Articles

1600’s

Welch, John – ‘On Repentance’ Sermons 3-10 on Rev. 2  †1622  in 48 Select Sermons  PoD

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1800’s

Colquhoun, John

A View of Evangelical Repentance from the Sacred Records  Buy  1825

‘The Difference Between True and Counterfeit Repentance’  8 points in 37 paragraphs, from his Evangelical Repentance

‘A Word to the Impenitent’  7 points in 10 paragraphs, from his Evangelical Repentance

‘The Fruits and Evidences of True Repentance’  10 points in 14 paragraphs, from his Evangelical Repentance

Buchanan, James – New Birth Repentance and Faith  1847, 10 paragraphs, from The Office and Work of the Holy Spirit

Hodge, Charles – ‘Faith and Repentance’  from his Way of Life, chs. 6 & 7

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1900’s

Berkhof, Louis – Conversion  1950, 31 paragraphs, form his Systematic Theology

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2000’s

Beeke, Joel – ‘Escape for Your Life’  condensed from a sermon preached on Sept. 16th, 2011, 16 paragraphs

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John ‘Rabbi’ Duncan

“We…  have cause to fear, not that the kingdom of God should become extinct, but lest it should be taken from us, and given to a nation that would bring forth the fruits of it.”

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On Making Confession of Sins

Intro

James 5:16 says, ‘Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.’

If we sin against another, we ought confess that sin to the person we sinned against, and pray for each other.  If we commit private sins, or feel the weight of our sinfulness, it is also good to confess that to other trusted brothers or sisters in the Lord in order to find help.

Romanism, through time, twisted this Biblical teaching into one being obligated to use a confessional to a ‘priest’, with the attendant corruptions of sacramentalism and the ‘priests’ forgiving people’s sins.

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Ussher, James – ‘Of Confession’ & ‘Of the Priest’s Power to Forgive Sins’  †1656  75 pp.  being chs. 4 & 5 of Answer to a Jesuit and other Tracts on Popery, pp. 74-149

In the context against Romanism, Ussher surveys the Early Church on the confession of sin and how this turned into the Romanist bondage of the Confessional.

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“Repentance is not a sweet and convenient little confessional, rather,according to Thomas Brooks, ‘Repentance is the vomit of the soul.'”

Gavin Beers, Verbum Dei Minister
Free Church of Scotland (Continuing)

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