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Joe Tolin


Very good post. There is a big difference in evangelical repentance and what is passed off today as "being sorry for my sins" or "admitting I am a sinner." And don't forget the real "sinner's prayer" found in Psalm 51.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.
Psalms 51:17 (NASB)



if you think about it, repenance is a gift FROM GOD, admittance is a work of man trying to achive the same result as repentance, but of course it falls short. admittance says I am in the wrong, i need to change, repentance says I am in the wrong, i cant change, HELP! we are not able to turn from our sins, we need devine help, dont you think, great blog, your bible study picture has helped me greatly on this subject thanks


Good post, Shane, you have struck the nail squarely on the head!

It seems like everything we do in America is the dumbed-down version of the real thing. Sadly, when the gospel is dumbed-down it's no longer the gospel.

Perry Belleau

Dear Shane
I agreed with you. I was myself deaf pastor...I did preached like most churches do like 'Accept Jesus in your heart'. It was frustrated me that deaf people didnt changed. Then one day I happened bought a christian book, I learned that it was Finneyism way. So I learned and changed...we are saved by faith alone....many people thought they can be saved by sinner's prayer...that is the problem. Your explaining is very clear and simple. I pray that all pastors need to wake up from the way of Finneyism. I was also former indepentent baptist church....now no longer. Pray that deaf can come to know by faith and believe what Christ did for them by died and rose for their sins. Thanks for good subject.

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