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Whom Does God Forgive?

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And when we are given that power over God's grace and purpose, the result is inevitable: we construct systems of religion where we are not truly undone, where we are not truly powerless, and where we are not utterly dependent on God.

"Forgiveness." "Redemption." "Freedom from the soul-destroying, peace-robbing guilt of sin." "Peace with God." Only someone who has been truly convinced of sin can even start to understand the excitement of these words. But who receives divine forgiveness? Human religions put a price on forgiveness, a very high price. Holding it out like the proverbial carrot in front of the suffering sinner, they demand works and deeds before forgiveness is offered-and then it is usually only a partial, uncertain forgiveness, liable to be lost at the first misstep.

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1 [ Back ] Dr. White's quotation from Charles Haddon Spurgeon may be found in Spurgeon's Gold, Edmond Hez Swem, ed. (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria, 1996), p. 96.

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Issue: "Forgiven, Forgiving" March/April 2004 Vol. 13 No. 2 Page number(s): 32-35

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