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  • Question: One of the uh responses we get to a lot of people who have never heard

  • Uh biblical preaching before, Maybe you can say hard preaching,

  • That causes you to examine yourself. Uh they'll send us an E-Mail saying

  • I'm trying to be saved But I can't

  • I'm trying to repent But I can't

  • I'm trying to believe but I can't. How would you council them?

  • Paul Washer: Well, first of all There is also another fad out there

  • That I have seen You know in America basically the offering

  • of salvation It's very superficial

  • People superficially pray this little prayer I'm saved

  • Well there is a whole other group of people that are rising up

  • That are reacting Against that

  • And what they are Is is they're people

  • I've come in contact with them It's amazing

  • Their almost saying I'm seeking God I been seeking God for months

  • Or even a year There's just no genuine repentance

  • There's no faith They're almost

  • It's as though their seeking to brag and boast and point out that their not like all these

  • superficial people That they're completely different

  • And their testimony for some reason will be heightened because of all this

  • Listen I would tell them

  • That they've moved out of the context of evangelical Christianity

  • The Bible commands you to repent I would go through text after text

  • Saying this is what the Bible commands you to do

  • But then I would also help them with the scriptures To discern what is biblical repentance

  • I would tell them all the scriptures That talk of

  • That command us to believe But then I would help them to understand biblical

  • faith Now what do I mean by that

  • If I go through all the characteristics of repentance

  • In the scriptures And I give someone

  • This is a perfect Biblical definition

  • And these are the perfect expounded Biblical characteristics of repentance

  • And this is what you must have To truly repent unto salvation

  • No one's going to be saved You see repentance

  • When its portrayed in the Bible We have all of these characteristics of what

  • genuine biblical repentance really is When a person comes to Christ we can't expect

  • them to have a full blown mature repentance They will have the kernels of repenting

  • They'll be understanding something of their sin

  • They'll be broken over their sin to a certain degree

  • But even after they're saved They're going to grow in repentance

  • They're repentance is going to become deeper Those characteristics are going to manifest

  • themselves In a greater way

  • We shouldn't be telling converts They must have this exquisite perfect biblical

  • repentance in their life in order to have repented

  • In order to have repented unto salvation Because you don't even have that

  • You are growing in repentance It's the same way with faith

  • They're faith isn't going to match this pristine biblical picture

  • Of what faith is They won't have this exceedingly deep faith

  • Because I'm even growing in that After 26 years of following Christ

  • So you don't want to make it too hard for people to come into the kingdom

  • We go through repentance And we go through the characteristics

  • And we help them see Are there the seeds of genuine repentance?

  • Are there the buds? The characteristics

  • Of genuine repentance? Are you believing as a child in Christ?

  • Have you thrown yourself upon Him? And I think a lot of these people are struggling

  • Because they actually believe that they have to have this perfect manifestation of these

  • two things to be saved And it's not true

  • Now let's talk about this for a moment Because there's something that's been bothering

  • me In the last year or so

  • With the uprise of so much good theology And people taking true conversions seriously

  • I think there's also a problem I have so many people who come to me

  • And they doubt the assurance of their salvation Because in their scrutiny of their own repentance

  • They're expecting They're almost demanding

  • That the saving repentance Be the repentance of a mature believer of

  • thirty years They scrutinize every aspect of their life

  • And if they don't look like a puritan They say I can't be converted

  • What you need to understand Is repentance

  • In it's initial seed It's simply a changing of the mind

  • God is all I need him

  • You say that's it? It can be

  • I can't save myself I'm lost

  • I need a savior You say but the bible describes repentance

  • In so many ways Yes, it does

  • But are you expecting a full blown repentance The very second God begins to work in your

  • heart? As I study repentance in scripture

  • I look back at the moment I was converted And my repentance was a very singular thing

  • I need to be saved But now after twenty five years

  • As I grow in scripture The repentance matures

  • And deepens But you err young person

  • When scrutinize your life To wonder whether or not you're saved

  • And you're looking for repentance That can only be found in someone who's walked

  • with God for decades I hope I'm making myself clear

  • I believe in repentance But repentance can merely mean I'm falling

  • And I can't save myself It's turning from self worth

  • It is turning from ability And giving up

  • As brother Charles once told me It's just giving up

  • I can't I collapse

  • I'm gone I have a thing that I've work through

  • Several years ago On the doctrine of repentance

  • If you take Every thing the bible teaches

  • About repentance You will have a very big book

  • Amazing things are said They all should be learned

  • We should grow into them But to take the entire full or biblical course

  • of repentance And demand it

  • Before someone can have assurance of their salvation

  • Is absolutely proposterous We have a lot of young people

  • And a lot of other people Who are not assured of their salvation

  • Because their expecting to see In their wee years

  • As a babe in Christ A full blown sanctification of a man forty

  • years in the faith We need to be careful

  • Save me I'm lost

  • And even a great deal

  • Of that clamoring for salvation

  • Don't expect it or demand it to be absolutely pure

  • Some of it will just simply be self preservation

  • Remember God saves men who repent

  • Not men who repent perfectly

  • God saves broken hearted people

  • Over the ůeven the one's that are broken hearted

  • For the fact that their not broken hearted enough

  • And even those who think they're broken hearted enough

  • When God knows they're not hardly broken hearted at all

  • This will add fuel to the fire of my enemies

  • But ů in my conversion experience

  • To be honest with you

  • Sin was not the foremost thing in my mind

  • The day I was converted

  • The foremost thing in my mind was

  • He loves me

  • He's everywhere

  • He's everything

  • Now you say oůk

  • What are you saying?

  • Butůeven though I was a heinous sinner

  • I was a horrible man

  • At that moment

  • The only thing that was really real to me

  • For several weeks

  • Was the love of God

  • But then as I began to study

  • The scriptures

  • And the Holy Spirit began to work repentance that he continues on till this day

  • So see

  • Let's be careful here

  • You can define people out of the Kingdom of God

  • You can demand so much of a man

  • Of salvation

  • More than even what God demands at first

  • A simply I can't

  • I can't

  • And then faith

  • Faith

  • We are saved by faith

  • Of a mustard seed

  • Believe

  • Well how do I believe

  • Alright

  • You've already just said you can't

  • Now

  • Go a step further

  • He can

  • And will

  • And desires to

  • Do you believe that?

  • You say is that it?

  • No, it's the beginning

  • But it is real

  • Well how will I know it's real?

  • Because it will keep going

  • And growing

  • In the same way repentance will grow and grow and grow

  • Your faith and the reality of it will grow and grow

  • But I'm not going to expect from my ten month old daughter what I expect from my six and

  • a half year old son

  • Also I want to talk about

  • the pride

  • you know I love the puritians

  • you know that I love that kind of stuff

  • talk to you about a root of pride

  • I see springing up among people

  • Who embrace this kind of lovely truth

  • It's almost like a badge of spirituality

  • When they will so called

  • Struggle of whether or not they're saved

  • And what they're just trying to prove to people

  • Is that my version of conversion

  • It's not as superficial as every one else's

  • I'm going to wrestle and going to fight

  • And I'm going to do all this stuff

  • And I don't even know if I'm saved after that

  • And you think you're bringing glory to God

  • There is a sense when some men

  • Are awakened to their sin

  • And they must break through

  • And they must struggle and so on

  • And so forth

  • I agree with all of that

  • But be very careful that we're not just reacting against the superficial Gospel of others

  • God is glorified when a heart is open

  • And they say I'm falling

  • But He can

  • And they stand on that

  • Oh, it's so glorious

  • You are saved by faith

  • But it is not ůit is not the quality of this faith

  • The greatness of this faith

  • The quality

  • The greatness

  • The character of one

  • To whom and in whom you believe

  • And this is so important

  • Look unto Jesus

  • Look, look

  • Just look

  • Unto Jesus

  • What terrifies me so much

  • You talk to people on the street

  • Are you going to heaven

  • Yes I'm going to heaven

  • Why?

  • Because I prayed and asked Jesus to come into my heart

  • Now look what they're doing

  • They are trusting in a transaction they made

  • They are trusting in the sincerity of a prayer

  • But then again

  • We must be careful

  • Doctor ůheal thy self

  • Because some are trusting in the magnitude of their repentance

  • And others are trusting in the magnitude of their faith

  • When what I love to hear is that I'm looking unto him

  • I'm looking unto him

  • And I'd be terrified to take my eyes off of him

  • I'm looking unto Jesus

Question: One of the uh responses we get to a lot of people who have never heard

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