Christianity Today Calls for Reparations from Churches: 'Repentance Is Not Enough'
The president and CEO of Christianity Today says in a new editorial that churches should consider making ‚Äúbiblical restitution‚ÄĚ to African Americans for the sins of slavery, segregation and racial injustice by setting up financial funds ‚Äúto make it right.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs time for white evangelicals to confess that we have not taken the sin of racism with the gravity and seriousness it deserves,‚ÄĚ Christianity Today‚Äôs Timothy Dalrymple writes in the editorial under the headline, ‚ÄúJustice Too Long Delayed.‚ÄĚ
True repentance is evidenced by a sinner willingly turning his back on everything he before thought saved him or recommended him to God, and resting SOLELY on Christ ALONE as his only ground, hope, and cause of eternal life. The Apostle Paul wrote, ‚ÄúFor we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.‚ÄĚ (Php.3:3) ‚ÄĒPastor Richard Warmack
"It is a great duty incumbent upon Christians to solemnly repent and turn to God: ‚ÄúRepent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand‚ÄĚ (Mat 3.2); ‚ÄúRepent therefore, and be converted so that your sins may be blotted out‚ÄĚ (Act 3.19); ‚ÄúRepent of your wickedness‚ÄĚ (Act 8.22). In the mouths of three witnesses this truth is confirmed. Repentance is a foundation grace: ‚ÄúNot laying again the foundation of repentance‚ÄĚ (Heb 6.1). That religion which is not built upon this foundation must fall to the ground."
"Repentance is a pure gospel grace. The covenant of works allowed no repentance; there it was: sin and die. Repentance came in by the gospel. Christ has purchased us with his blood so that repenting sinners shall be saved. The law required personal, perfect, and perpetual obedience. It cursed all who could not come up to this: ‚ÄúCursed is everyone that does not continue to do all things which are written in the book of the law‚ÄĚ (Gal 3.10). It does not say, ‚ÄúHe that does not obey all things, let him repent;‚ÄĚ instead, it says ‚Äúlet him be cursed.‚ÄĚ Thus repentance is a doctrine that has been brought to light only by the gospel"
(The Doctrine of Repentance) (T.Watson)
Watson, (and the historic Church) was not 'wrong' about Repentance.
Like so many Reformed/Calvinists, Watson gets repentance wrong, claiming it relates to sin.It's always best to stick with God's word, But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. Matt. 9:13 Repentance, from metanoeŇć - to think differently or afterwards, i.e. reconsider- made up of two words, meta- a primary preposition, and 'noeŇć'- to exercise the mind (observe), i.e. (figuratively) to comprehend, heed:‚ÄĒconsider, perceive, think, understand.' From Strongs. There's nothing in that word that would suggest a stopping from sinning, that would point the sinner to 'self' and a condition that must be met for salvation. That goes against salvation by grace. Repentance has to do with the mind being given an understanding, but about what? What is it the mind must grasp? 'Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.' Acts 20:21. It's a change of mind about God, about Christ, about what Christ has done to save His people. 2 Timothy 2:25 makes it even clearer, it's a repentance that leads to a knowledge of the truth about Christ, what HE'S done to save His people, not Christ plus what you do....
"Repentance" has nothing to do with this generation apologising for history. That is ridiculous.
Doctrine of Repentance.
"The two great graces essential to a saint in this life are faith and repentance. These are the two wings by which he flies to heaven. Faith and repentance preserve the spiritual life just as heat and radical moisture presserve the natural. The grace which I am going to discuss is repentance.
Repentance is purgative; do not fear the working of this pill. Strike your soul, said Chrysostom; strike it and it will escape death by that stroke. How happy it would be if we were more deeply affected with sin, and our eyes swam in their orb. We may clearly see the Spirit of God moving in the waters of repentance, which though troubled, are yet pure. Moist tears dry up sin and quench the wrath of God. Repentance is the cherisher of piety, the procurer of mercy. The more regret and trouble in spirit we have first at our conversion, the less we shall feel afterwards." (Thos. Watson)(Repentance)
Come to think of it, since the worst offenders are perceived to have been Southerners in general, and Confederate soldiers in particular, I think it‚Äôs poetic as well as legal justice to make all reparation payments in Confederate money.
The federal government could award each documented descendant of slaves a hundred billion dollars. After all, the government can never run out of money as long as there‚Äôs paper and ink. And printing lots and lots of money is a sign of a robust, healthy economy. Just read up on the Confederacy or the Weimar Republic.
I have no Christian reason to repent or pay any reparations to anyone who was wronged by my distant relatives or by my government. I have never owned a slave, harmed a black person, or did anything that I would consider to be racism.
Asking for reparations from me would be the same as asking for reparations from catholics because of the inquisition.
I truly think it's time to change your name. Heresy of the Day should fit. I used to get notices from you on email until I realized you didn't know what you were talking about and unsubscribed. My Great Uncle died in the Civil War. My Great grandfather fought in five major battles. Did you guys forget the lyrics to the Battle Hymn of the Republic??? "As HE died to make men holy, let us die to make men free! While God is marching on." You have no right to call yourself Christian. Our Country is suffering because it has failed to Honor God, and His Bible the Truth of God to try to please and follow the culture. Your part of the problem, not part of the solution. What the Christian Church needs in America is Biblical Truth from Gods Word. Not a bunch of opinions and heretical apostasy. That reparations story today is beyond belief. Do you go out and find people who do not know the Word and promote them? Why don't you try sticking to the Word. Maybe people would actually read your magazine. Start following and obeying His Righteous law. The Pop-Culture Church today is not the Church of the Bible. God does not bless lawlessness, nor disobedience to His Word, nor sin. Whats going on now in our country is first a warning to the Church to get back on track.
If you can't get money out of dead people, Jim, then reparations are impossible based on Biblical principle.
I'm not saying that racism hasn't continued, but the actions in your posted article hasn't legally happened in 155 years in this country.
Revelation 7 shows a huge group of Geniles of all nations and peoples and languages gathered together and in white robes before the Throne. Ephesians 2 closes with a description of how faith in Christ reconciles peoples. Those are better articles to consider than your liberal postings.
Neil wrote: Since it was Democrats, Southern and Northern (e.g. Stephen Douglas, Geo. McClellan), who largely resisted emancipation, let them start the ball rolling by paying for their ancestors' sins. And to be consistent with Progressive Taxation, the greater the net worth, the more that is owed. Though I now suspect the Reparations crowd really want to enslave or kill White Men, not merely take their money, as the Final Solution to "reparations." I would've dismissed this thought not long ago, but not anymore.
Not, really, Neil, you can't get money out of dead people. but the first part of your comment was very interesting to me since I'm only of Northern extraction anyway, in fact a great...uncle of mine fought for the Union. so Southern reparations sounds great
I would suggest you read the article by Ta-Nehisi Coates -- https://tinyurl.com/y6j2pskl --I think I might have to warn you there might be a rough word or two when he quotes somebody--- it's so long I'm not sure I remember right‚Ěď Also it has some of the most fun graphs before the covid-19 ones became prevalent since the article. Mr. Coates would probably want Northerners to pay something also‚ĚóūüĎé
Quiet Christian, redlining for housing is not that old
I wonder if France and England can demand reparations for all the white slaves that were taken from their countries and sent to Africa Muslim domains. A good book on the subject is called "White Gold" by Giles Milton. Your public library might have a copy, and you better check it out before it disappears from the shelves.
""churches should consider making ‚Äúbiblical restitution‚ÄĚ to African Americans for the sins of slavery, segregation and racial injustice by setting up financial funds ‚Äúto make it right.‚ÄĚ"
Obviously yet another Politically Correct Liberalist satanic organisation masquerading as "Christian"
Like the Anglican/Episcopalian Liberalist mobs they are UNBiblical and faithless.
In their religion they deny repentance to "please" sinners and sodomites etc etc.
Eph 6:6 Not with eyeservice, as MENPLEASERS; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; 7 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and NOT TO MEN:"
The phrase, "repentance is not enough" - Shows them to be illiterate and ignorant of Bible doctrines.
GOD is Sovereign in the whole history of creation. ::- God is sovereign over the entire universe: Ps 103:19; Rom 8:28; Eph 1:11 God is sovereign over all of nature: Ps 135:6-7; Mt 5:45; 6:25-30 God is sovereign over angels & Satan: Ps 103:20-21; Job 1:12 God is sovereign over nations: Ps 47:7-9; Dan 2:20-21; 4:34-35 God is sovereign over human beings: 1 Sam 2:6-7; Gal 1:15-16 ....
Since it was Democrats, Southern and Northern (e.g. Stephen Douglas, Geo. McClellan), who largely resisted emancipation, let them start the ball rolling by paying for their ancestors' sins. And to be consistent with Progressive Taxation, the greater the net worth, the more that is owed.
Though I now suspect the Reparations crowd really want to enslave or kill White Men, not merely take their money, as the Final Solution to "reparations." I would've dismissed this thought not long ago, but not anymore.