Wednesday, August 5, 2009

When You Preach the Gospel, Preach Repentance

John Stott, in his Christian Mission in the Modern World, 174-5:
    In all our evangelism there must be integrity. Our anxiety to win converts sometimes induces us to mute the call to repentance. But deliberately to conceal this aspect of our message is as dishonest as it is short-sighted. Jesus himself never glossed over the cost of discipleship, but rather summoned would be disciples to 'sit down first and count the cost.' For he was requiring them if they were to follow him to deny themselves, take up their cross and die. Any kind of slick 'decisionism' which sacrifices honesty on the altar of statistics is bound to cause other casualties as well, the victims of our own folly. We are under obligation to teach that a new life in Christ will inevitably bring in its wake new attitudes, new ambitions and new standards. For in Christian conversion not only do old things pass away but in their place new things come (2 Corinthians 5:17).
I plan on reviewing this book in the next week or so, but I'll give you a hint about my thoughts: it's awesome.

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