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Changed Lives (3 of 8)
Series: John the Baptist
Rudolf Hess, deputy to Aldolf Hitler and the only survivor of the Nazi inner-circle of leaders refused to repent for his role in the creation of the Third Reich, or to express any remorse for the
Holocaust in which 6 million Jews were killed.
His son once told an inquiring journalist, "He will never ask for mercy, because that would be a statement of guilt." In West Berlin's fortress like Spandau Prison where he had been an
inmate for 40 years, the 93 year-old Rudolf Hess strangled
himself in 1995.
It was his final defiant act of keeping the faith with Adolf Hitler. He followed Joseph Goebbels and Herman Goering in a symbolic suicide after failing on three earlier occasions. He died refusing to repent to the very end of his life.
His unrepentant attitude is common whenever some kind of scandal is uncovered. People are not willing to take responsibility
for their actions and conduct. President Clinton admit that he had
an affair with a White House intern. Spokane Mayor Jim West
won't admit that he has misused his power as mayor in the sex
scandal that has now been uncovered.
Repentance is taking responsibility for your actions and then
being willing to change them when they are wrong.
Repentance is a word that has lost much of its original meaning.
Today it is usually thought of in terms of regret, sorrow or feeling bad because of a guilty conscience.
Repentance comes from two words: the first means to turn around
as if you were headed in the wrong direction and then changed your course to head in the opposite direction. The second word
means to understand with your mind. Together the words mean
to change your mind or turn from what you were doing.
Repentance is turning away from your sins and back to God.
CALL TO REPENTANCE :7-9
The people were doing the right thing in coming to be baptized , but John was questioning their motive ...
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