Dec 11

Question: I believe your teaching will cause a sinner to seek out a godly sorrow or wonder if they had enough godly sorrow to work repentance in them. I have seen people respond that way to what you are teaching. Don’t you believe that this is dangerous?

Answer: I think a person should seek the Lord to give them sorrow for their sins if they do not have any. After we are saved though, and we are by God’s grace living a holy life through the power of the God through faith, we should not be looking back with confusion and wondering if we had enough godly sorrow or repentance.

If we are saved, we are saved and do not need to be concerned with how we got there. Now if we are falling in and out of sin, that is another subject.

I expect for those who have not had true godly sorrow for their sins and have not truly repented and are falling in and out of sin, to respond negatively to the gospel that demands fruits meet for repentance (Mat 3:8).

Mat 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

On the other side it is not uncommon for the devil to try to confuse the saved when they hear something stronger than they are used to hearing. After having heard easy-believism for years (all that you need to do is believe), I do not think it would be uncommon even for those who are saved to wonder and be confused.

The question is why. Is it the devil accusing? Is it they have been under a wishy-washy, “only believe” teaching, and when they hear the true Gospel they are a little shocked? Or do you think there is something wrong with telling people that they must bring forth fruits meet for repentance (godly sorrow)?

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One Response to “Q&A: Dangerous for Sinners to Seek Godly Sorrow?”

  1. 1. Sarah Pratt Says:

    Wow! Amen! You are preaching what my husband and myself have afixed our hearts to preach for years! Bringing forth fruits meet or worthy of repentance is a command not optional for the believer. How can we truly be sorry for a wrong without remorse? We at least need to be sorry to God and show that by making right on our sins, by going to the people we have offended and asking for forgivness and loving on them when possible. This is demonstrated to us in scripture in Luke 19:9 “And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner. 8 And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. 9 And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” It is ridiculous to think that there is such a thing as righteouss sin. Even when we are saved, we need to be greived for our sin becasue sin is sin. Just because we are believers, that does not turn our sin into some sort of holy wrong. And actually, scripture teaches quite the opposite. We are told that becasue we are believers we are going to be judged first. “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?” 1 Peter 4:17. The perfect example to use here is misbehaving children. The child who is younger and does not know the rules and expectations in a particular situation is not going to be scolded and punished to the extent that the older more mature child who crosses the line and very well knows better should be! The one who knows better is held more accountable! There is more responsibility demanded from us than from the world. When we sin God is grieved, and we are commanded to repent. Godly sorrow is for the TRUE CHRISTIAN! When Peter denied the Lord surrounding the drama of Christ’s crucifixion, he went away weeping for what he had done: “And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. 62 And Peter went out, and wept bitterly.” Luke 22:61-62 Peter had cursed and swore in anger and lied and denied Christ. He had a reason to weep. We have reason to weep also when we sin. Are we better than Peter? I think not. Thanks Bob for writing so faithfully for Christ. Keep the faith! I pray your words will sound throughout the land loud and clear. The truth needs to be preached from the housetops! Some people will hear truth. Most people will not hear. All the more need for us to sound our voice out to the masses! God bless your endevours and business and work for the Lord!

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