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Repenting For Not Having Repented!


Last September, I did a short post titled “I Repent For Not Having Repented Enough.”  And I meant every word.  In light of the recent controversy on Driscoll, here’s a wonderful quote by Ray Ortlund.   He writes:

What’s amazing is not how often he [Driscoll] repents but how rarely other Christian leaders repent.

How does every Christian start out?  In repentance.  We finally admit that we’ve been completely wrong about everything every moment of every day throughout our entire lives, because we’ve been wrong about God, and God is omni-relevant to us at every level of our beings all the time.  But from then on, for too many of us, we’re never wrong again.  That’s amazing.  The first of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses was, “When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said ‘Repent,’ he intended that the entire life of believers should be repentance.

When a Christian man repents, two things immediately kick in for everyone else around him.  One, we may look for changes.  Things should be different from now on.  Not perfectly, but visibly.  Two, we should cheer for him as he grows and sees things in a new way and makes adjustments.  But let’s understand what just happened.  His repentance just pulled the rug out from underneath all the Driscoll-haters out there.  He shifted the moral burden to them.  Not that that was his purpose.  But it was an outcome.”  (What Just Happened)

This is what I had in mind when I wrote, “I repent for not having repented enough.” 


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