Friday, July 18, 2014

REPENTANCE AND REFORMING THE CHURCH

HERE'S SOMETHING TO PONDER, from Martin Bucer, Concerning the True Care of Souls.
An easy going attitude to sin is rife because the practice of repentance is not observed in the church.  And who can deny it is because there is no correction, punishment, or penance in the church for sins, however horrible they may be, that the young people and people in general have become so  much easygoing in their attitude to all offences? Shame and disgrace have no place, and the poor people run amuck and become as St. Paul complains, completely unrepentant and give themselves over to immorality and all vanity, never satisfied with the acts of their malicious and corrupt nature.
Now, I believe in full forgiveness in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, I would seek not to lessen the efficacious work of Jesus upon the cross,  but I also think the church has accepted and promoted an easy "forgive-ism." Demanding no real turning from sin, A repentance and renouncement and true brokenness before God and His church.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have been LONGING to hear these words ! Why IS repentance no longer preached ? Our Evangelical churches are so much like the world in their tolerance of sin.....and even CELEBRATION of sin....that people in "the world" can't see the difference in THEIR worldly lifestyle without Christ....and those who profess to be living transformed lives IN Christ. Maybe we need to get back to basics and raise HIS standard high once again.