Monday, April 12, 2010

John Stott on Repentance

"[Repentance is the first part of Christian conversion. It can in no circumstances by bypassed. Repentance and faith belong together. We cannot follow Christ without forsaking sin.

"Repentance is a definite turn from every thought, word, deed and habit which is known to be wrong. It is not sufficient to feel pangs of remorse or to make some kind of apology to God. Fundamentally, repentance is a matter neither of emotion nor of speech. It is an inward change of mind and attitude toward sin which leads to a change of behanvior...."

-- John Stott "Basic Christianity" (IVP), pp.138-139

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