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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
We are saved by faith
Of a mustard seed
Well how do I believe
You've already just said you can't
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
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
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Don't Expect a Perfect Repentance - Paul Washer

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xtd published on August 8, 2014
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