Sunday, August 23, 2020

A.W. Pink's wrong teaching on repentance

 Highlights from A.W. Pink on repentance...

"To help the exercised reader identify true repentance, consider the fruits that demonstrate godly repentance.
A. A real hatred of sin as sin, nor merely its consequences...
B. A deep sorrow for sin. The nonsaving repentance of so many is principally a distress occasioned by forebodings of divine wrath; but evangelical repentance produces a deep grief from a sense of having offended so infinitely excellent and glorious a Being as God. The one is the effect of fear, the other of love; the one is only for a brief season, the other is the habitual practice for life. Many a man is filled with regret and remorse over a misspent life, yet has no poignant sorrow of heart for his ingratitude and rebellion against God. But a regenerated soul is cut to the quick for having disregarded and opposed his great Benefactor and rightful Sovereign. This is the change of heart which God requires.
D. An actual turning from sin. “Surely there is no one here so stupefied, with the laudanum of hellish indifference as to imagine that he can revel in his lusts, and afterward wear the white robes of the redeemed in Paradise. If you imagine you can be partakers of the blood of Christ, and yet drink the cup of Belial; if you imagine you can be members of Satan and members of Christ at the same time, ye have less sense than one would give you credit for. No, you know that right hands must be cut off and right eyes plucked out—that the most darling sins must be renounced—if you would enter the kingdom of God” (from Spurgeon on Luke 13:24).
...As we grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord, of our indebtedness and obligations to Him, our repentance deepens, we judge ourselves more thoroughly, and take a lower and lower place before Him. The more the heart pants after a closer walk with God, the more will it put away everything which hinders this....
Repentance is a Spirit-given realization of the exceeding sinfulness of sin and a taking sides with God against myself....
Repentance is known by its permanency: 👉there must be a continual turning away from sin and grieving over each fall thereinto👈....from https://www.the-highway.com/repent4_Pink.html

A.W. Pink taught the same dung Calvinist/Reformed preaches taught and still teach today, a condition/works based religion that keeps the sinner constantly chasing their own tail, in fear of not measuring up, never certain if they are going to be good enough to stand before God on that final day.
What does the bible say about repentance? "in gentleness disciplining those opposing, lest ever God may give them repentance unto a knowledge of the truth" 2 Timothy 2:25. Repentance is not turning from sin, it is a turning from dead religion to a knowledge of the truth about Christ and His Gospel. It is an understanding of the true helplessness of the sinner in attempts to save themselves, and coming to the realization that Christ has put away sin by His death. God grants this to His elect. Not so long ago, I read Pink religiously. I was deceived, lost and followed the lie I must try to do better at not sinning, getting frustrated that I was still sinning and not being able to figure out why that was. Then, by His GRACE, I heard the true Gospel and 'repented of my dead works' - Hebrews 6:1. A.W. Pink got tossed into the dung heap.
This is the trademark of the Calvinist/Reformed camp, mixing grace with works. It's oh so subtle to the undiscerning mind, BUT, when God the Spirit opens the mind....WOW! The Light shines brightly and those satanic lies can no longer hide.
I am still a sinner, I now realize I am just like the Apostle Paul in Romans 7. I have ONE nature, a sin nature. I have a renewed mind that now discerns dung from truth. Christ has FINISHED the work, I have true peace.
The Lord is so very gracious, I praise Him for what He has done-for the triune God has done a marvelous work....