Among the Greatest Gifts Given to Us

True repentance is among the greatest gifts given to us because of Jesus’ work on the cross for our sins.  It it we find our humility, joy, forgiveness, hope, redemption, perspective, identity, and future.  Instead of going through killing shame or superficial ritual, true repentance looks deep into the new heart to discover the godly desires that are at the core of our being by virtue of regeneration and actively turns away from anything and everything that hinders our deepest regenerated desires to glorify God.

– Driscoll, Mark and Gary Breshears, Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods, Crossway Books, Wheaton, IL, 2008, p. 168-169

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Religious Repentance is Mere Manipulation

Religious repentance is the attempt to keep God happy or to get God to bless us.  It is going  through a ritual of confession but only to manipulate God to like us, not to work change in us.  It is feeling sorry for getting caught in sin or feeling sorry for the consequences of sin, but not feeling sorry about the sin itself as a violation against God so severe that Jesus had to die for it.

– Driscoll, Mark and Gary Breshears, Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods, Crossway Books, Wheaton, IL, 2008, p. 168

Proud, Self-Righteous Repentance

Proud, self-righteous repentance occurs when we confess the sins of other people while neglecting our own manifestations of depravity.  It can also happen when people repent of  “acceptable sins” to deflect attention from deeper sins (Luke 18:9-14)

– Driscoll, Mark and Gary Breshears, Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods, Crossway Books, Wheaton, IL, 2008, p. 168

Sinning is Worship

When we sin, we are worshiping someone or something else as a false god and functional savior.  In repentance we turn from those false gods back to the true and living God of the Bible, who alone loved us enough to die for our sin and freedom.

– Driscoll, Mark and Gary Breshears, Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods, Crossway Books, Wheaton, IL, 2008, p. 167

No Pain, No Gain

We naturally avoid conviction because it hurts to feel the pain of guilt and shame of our sin.  But working through conviction takes us to the motivations behind the behavior, the sinful desires of our flesh, and the corrupt passions that continue to drive us until we identify them and put them to death….Conviction is an essential step to exposing sin for wha it is so we can be free from enslavement to sin (Romans 6:6).

– Driscoll, Mark and Gary Breshears, Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods, Crossway Books, Wheaton, IL, 2008, p. 166