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Friday, May 08, 2009

Preus on Repentance

From a sermon on 1 John 1:8-2:2...

"It is interesting that the apostle John never usest he word 'repent,' not even here. But that doesn't mean that he doesn't believe in repentance; that's in fact precisely what he is calling for here. 'If we confess our sins...' That is the beginning of the answer to every problem you will ever face in your life. We live by repentance, Melanchthon used to say. You want to be happy on earth and blessed in heaven? It begins with this. You want to be able to love your fellow man and serve him and spend yourself for him? It begins with this. You aspire to be a pastor and effectively apply the Gospel to the lives of poor sinners like yourself? It begins with this. You want to be a good husband, a good father, a good citizen? It begins with this. It all begins with this: repentance. Otherwise your source of strength, your fellowship with God, is broken. You walk in darkness. You deceive yourself. And--masterpiece of stupidity--you make God a liar."

--Preaching to Young Theologians: Sermons of Robert Preus, Klemet Preus, ed. (St. Louis: The Luther Academy, 1999) p. 55.

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