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POPULAR DELUSIONS OF UNSAVED PEOPLE (2 of 4)
Jesse M. Hendley
We are taking up today from the Word of God "Popular
Delusions of Unsaved People." We have already called
your attention to one of them, and we come to the
The second "popular delusion" people have today about
salvation is, "I can repent whenever I so desire. Any
old time I want to, I can repent." But God doesn't say
that. CAN you repent any old time you want to? The
Bible does not say so. The Bible teaches that
repentance is a GIFT, and that you can despise
repentance too long and you cannot be saved. Do you
remember that passage where Paul speaks of a certain
man who fell into sin and wrong relationship with God?
And he said, "I pray that God would GRANT him
repentance." That God would GRANT him repentance. That
is, that he would be ABLE to repent. If God didn't
GRANT him repentance, he COULDN'T repent. That is the
meaning of that passage. There is no doubt about it.
There is a common idea about repentance, friends, that
is a DELUSION. So many people have the idea that
repentance is an easy matter that it is something we
can do any old time we want to. But we learn from the
above statement in God's Word that repentance is a
GIFT. "That God will GRANT repentance." That means, to
give repentance. Let's remember then that repentance
is NOT something we can do any old time we want to.
You can go on, and ignore God, and pay no attention to
Him, and continue in sin and unbelief UNTIL YOU CANNOT
repent! That is the teaching of God's Word.
In chapter 6 of the Book of Hebrews we read of certain
people, that it is IMPOSSIBLE for them to repent. "It
is impossible for those who were once enlightened and
tasted of the heavenly gift and made partakers of the
Holy Ghost and tasted the good Word of God and the
powers of the world to come---it is impossible to
renew them again to repentance, seeing they crucify to
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