Ep. 9 – True Repentance Truly Hates Sin
It’s true—not everyone’s repentance is true. There is a difference between hating sin and hating the consequences of sin.
Top Quotes From Adriel’s Article
“In repentance, a person is given a true sense of the heinous nature of sin and, hating it, they turn to God through Christ with the desire to part ways with it. It is a gift that God gives to us and true repentance leads to eternal life (2 Tim. 2:25).”
“False repentance is scary because it can trick us into thinking we’ve truly repented when, in reality, we’ve only found more crafty ways to hold on to our sin.”
“True repentance does not regret parting ways with sin; false repentance does.”
“True repentance hates sin; false repentance hates the consequences of sin.”
“True repentance accepts godly counsel and accountability; false repentance avoids accountability.”
“False repentance is less concerned about the glory of God and more concerned with getting caught. This type of concern is what Paul calls ‘worldly grief.’ True repentance often takes the initiative in bringing sin into the light (through confession) since it hates the sin itself, not just its consequences.”
“If you’ve been ‘faking’ it, pray for forgiveness, and ask that the Lord would give you a true sense of your sin so that you might part ways with it. Go to spiritually mature brothers or sisters within the church and embrace godly accountability.”
View Adriel’s full article on Core Christianity here.
Twitter is the best. However, most people on Twitter love to throw themselves in the middle of the latest controversies. We should slow down and look at the heart of each matter.
We tweeted Adriel’s article a few days after it was published (September 25, 2018).
Our focus was set on Adriel’s second main point in the article: “True repentance hates sin; false repentance hates the consequences of sin.”
Do you fear God, or just fear getting caught in sin? Genuine repentance doesn’t hide sin, but hates sin and desires to destroy it completely.
Each of us should pray fervently for our hearts to match Paul’s desire found in Romans 7:15-20.
For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. (ESV)
Take action: bring sin to the light. Exercise wisdom and find some godly brothers who can hold you accountable and encourage you in your repentance.
Let’s Seek the Truth
What are your thoughts on the matter? Do you agree with Adriel in his distinctions between true and false repentance? Share your thoughts in the comments below.