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The Unbiblical Doctrine of Unconditional Forgiveness

by

Karen Pansler Lam, J.D.


 

False Christianity throws out the Biblical doctrine of repentance.

False Christianity preaches unconditional forgiveness.

False Christianity preaches salvation without repentance.

But this is contrary to the Word of God.

Repentance precedes forgiveness.

Repentance precedes salvation.

Except ye repent,
ye shall all likewise perish.
Luke 13:3

And false Christianity preaches we should unconditionally forgive those who wrong us.

But the Bible teaches if a brother repents, then forgive him.

If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him;
and if he repent, forgive him.
Luke 17:3

Those who preach unconditional forgiveness pervert the doctrine of God’s grace. Essentially, they condemn God and declare they show more grace and mercy than God because they forgive evildoers who do not repent.

The truth is…

Without repentance, no man is reconciled to God.

Without repentance, no man is reconciled to others.

The stiff-necked wrongdoer who refuses to repent of offending God and man is unforgiven and doomed.

 

False Christianity Throws Out Repentance

False Christianity throws out the doctrine of repentance. This is true even in churches that identity themselves as “holiness” churches. Holiness-movement churches are defined by John Wesley’s doctrine of a second work of grace leading to Christian perfection. However, many holiness churches today are as apostate as the other churches because they no longer preach repentance, sanctification, and other Biblical doctrines.

My husband and I visited a Wesleyan church a few weeks before Easter. Sadly, we were greatly disappointed. Here is the e-mail I sent to the pastor. The first part of the e-mail rebukes the church for singing Christian folk/folk rock songs. The second half rebukes the pastor for denying the doctrine of repentance.

Dear Pastor Diaz,

Worship in song is such an important part of the service. We attend the Florida Holiness Campground because of the reverent Sunday morning service, including singing sacred hymns.

The old hymns do not just teach doctrine. Indeed, they teach us how to praise and worship with reverence and majesty. Holy music is consecrated or set apart to a sacred use; it fosters unity. It is immediately distinguishable from worldly music in word and spirit. The writers of sacred songs are godly men and women inspired by the Holy Spirit. Certainly, every Christian feels the presence and power of the Spirit in the following hymns: “Praise the Lord,” “It Is Well with My Soul,” “How Great Thou Art,” and “Holy, Holy, Holy.” When sung as intended by the writers – with reverence – no one confuses them with rock ‘n’ roll, jazz, show tunes, pop, folk, folk rock, and other worldly music.

Church music must be wholly consecrated to God. Modern Christians use Christian folk/folk rock music and psychedelic Christian rock music as part of church worship to express their feelings, their protests and their vision of the world and life.  Church music must never pander to low tastes – “Christian” rock and folk/folk rock and other worldly styles of music that degrade sacred worship. This is sacrilege in the sanctuary.

When Kenny and I visited on Sunday morning, we were greatly disappointed that you did not sing more of the majestic sacred hymns that glorify the King of kings; but sang several contemporary Christian folk/folk rock songs…and I noticed many of the congregants were not singing – not even the young people.

As for the sermon…

Jesus’ last words in Luke 23:34, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do,” was forgiveness for all who repent and believe the gospel. You did not mention the word “repent” or variations (repentance, repented, etc.) even once in your sermon.

Matthew Henry comments:

1. Christ's prayer for his enemies (v. 34): Father, forgive them. Seven remarkable words Christ spoke after he was nailed to the cross, and before he died, and this is the first. One reason why he died the death of the cross was that he might have liberty of speech to the last, and so might glorify his Father and edify those about him. As soon as ever he was fastened to the cross, or while they were nailing him, he prayed this prayer, in which observe,

(1.) The petition: Father, forgive them. One would think that he should have prayed, "Father, consume them; the Lord look upon it, and requite it." The sin they were now guilty of might justly have been made unpardonable, and justly might they have been excepted by name out of the act of indemnity. No, these are particularly prayed for. Now he made intercession for transgressors, as was foretold (Isa. 53:12), and it is to be added to his prayer (Jn. 17), to complete the specimen he gave of his intercession within the veil: that for saints, this for sinners. Now the sayings of Christ upon the cross as well as his sufferings had a further intention than they seemed to have. This was a mediatorial word, and explicatory of the intent and meaning of his death: "Father, forgive them, not only these, but all that shall repent, and believe the gospel;" and he did not intend that these should be forgiven upon any other terms. "Father, that which I am now suffering and dying for is in order to this, that poor sinners may be pardoned." Note, [1.] The great thing which Christ died to purchase and procure for us is the forgiveness of sin. [2.] This is that for which Christ intercedes for all that repent and believe in the virtue of his satisfaction; his blood speaks this: Father, forgive them. [3.] The greatest sinners may, through Christ, upon their repentance, hope to find mercy. Though they were his persecutors and murderers, he prayed, Father, forgive them.
https://www.christianity.com/bible/commentary.php?com=mh&b=42&c=23

Henry’s correct interpretation of Jesus’ words is affirmed by Peter’s preaching repentance in Acts 2:36-38…

Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.

Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

May I suggest you look up in a concordance the 23 times “repent” is used in the New Testament and study each Scripture.

The doctrine of Christianity – Jesus Christ – is repentance, regeneration and sanctification.

Kenny and I are looking for a home church that preserves our rich Christian heritage of sacred hymns that reverently praise the glory and majesty of the King of kings, and Lord of lords.

And we are looking for a home church that has not thrown out the doctrine of repentance.

I am truly sorry we can’t make Faith Wesleyan our home church because you folks are certainly welcoming and friendly. But FWC is part of the New Church Order – part of the New World Order.

I pray that you will read some of my messages about the New Church Order.

Grace and peace,

Karen Pansler Lam, J.D.
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Pastor Diaz did not reply. 

This “holiness” preacher did not mention the word “repent” or variations (repentance, repented, etc.) even once in his sermon on Jesus’ last words, Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do”! Nor did he infer that repentance must precede salvation.

But there is no salvation without reconciliation to God through Jesus Christ. And to be reconciled to God we must first acknowledge we have sinned against Him and be brought into a state of favor with God by the atoning of Jesus’ blood.

Matthew Henry states:

Thus who have the comfort of the remission of their sins, by the sprinkling of the blood of Christ upon their consciences, must with the utmost care and caution cleanse themselves from all filthiness both of flesh and spirit, and thoroughly purge themselves from their old sins; for every one that hath this hope in him will be concerned to purify himself.
Comment on Lev. 14:9

It is the blood of Christ his Son that cleanses us from all sin, and by which atonement is made for us, that we may have admission into God’s presence and may partake of His favor.

And, of course, this is why the old hymns are despised and belittled and thrown out in favor of new hymns that don’t teach repentance and other Biblical doctrines.

False Christians refuse to sing “Nothing But the Blood”…

What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

False Christians refuse to sing “There Is Power in the Blood”…

Would you be free from the burden of sin?
There’s pow’r in the blood, pow’r in the blood.
Would you o’er evil a victory win?
There’s wonderful pow’r in the blood.

These doctrinal hymns declare the Truth: It is the blood of Christ His Son that cleanses us from all sin and justifies us before God.

Paul declares in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11...

9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.  

The Corinthian Christians were overcomers.  They were washed and sanctified resulting in a change of behavior: “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified”! Glory to His Name!

If we repent, then we can sing a song of victory!...

I heard an old, old story, how a Savior came from glory,
How He gave His life on Calvary to save a wretch like me:
I heard about His groaning, of His precious blood's atoning,
Then I repented of my sins and won the victory.

O victory in Jesus, my Savior, forever,
He sought me and bo’t me with His redeeming blood;
He loved me ere I knew Him, and all my love is due Him,
He plunged me to victory beneath the cleansing flood.

But false Christianity – modern Christianity – teaches us to be overlookers, not overcomers. We are commanded to overlook sin in others – “don't judge.” And we are to overlook sin in ourselves - “nobody's perfect. Repentance and striving for holiness is replaced with good works. But Jesus warns us that false Christians will not enter the kingdom of heaven, even if they do many wonderful works in His name:

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven;
but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name?
and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

And then I will profess unto them, I never knew you; depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Matthew 7: 21 -23

Jesus warns us that even if we do many wonderful works in His name, yet remain unrepentant, unholy and unclean, we are not one of His: "And then I will profess unto them, I never knew you; depart from me, ye that work iniquity."

But false Christianity preaches salvation without repentance – unconditional forgiveness. This is a devilish lie that will send countless lost souls to hell…

He that overcometh shall inherit all things:
and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable,
and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars,
shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone:
which is the second death.
Revelation 21:7,8


Jesus declares to every sinner…

Ye must be born again.
John 3:7


If you do not repent, then you are not born again.

Except ye repent,
ye shall all likewise perish.
Luke 13:3

 

 


Unconditional Forgiveness of Others

 

False Christianity not only preaches that repentance is not necessary to reconcile to God, it also preaches repentance is not necessary to reconcile to man.

Even though I did not address it in the e-mail to Pastor Diaz because I wanted to focus on his false message of salvation without repentance, he also preached in his sermon that we must forgive all those who offend us even if they don’t repent. But nowhere does the Bible teach unconditional repentance. Indeed, the Bible clearly commands us…

If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him;
and if he repent, forgive him.

And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day,
and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying,
I repent; thou shalt forgive him.
Luke 17:3,4

Forgiveness is based on repentance – a change of heart and a change of mind resulting in a change of behavior.

Verse 4 does not intend that if our brother trespasses against us seven times a day for the same offence that we should forgive him. Certainly, if he truly repents the first time, there will not be a second time, third time, and so forth. Anyone who repeatedly commits the same offence against us or a similar offence is lying when he says, “I repent.” For example, if a man steals money from us seven times in a day and says, “I repent” after each time, committing the second act of theft is irrefutable evidence he did not truly repent after the first theft.


Sadly, this false doctrine of forgiveness without repentance has caused great harm in our homes, churches, communities, and nation.
Many men and women greatly suffer because of the false doctrine of the martyr myth. The martyr myth commands that we allow ourselves to be tortured, beaten, mistreated, abused, and tormented under all circumstances, even at home.

(See “Till Death Do Us Part?” Pt.1 http://www.libertyadvocate.com/message6.htm & Pt. 2 http://www.libertyadvocate.com/message7.htm).

 

Years ago, when I worked in public schools, a young female teacher always looked haggard and had a broken spirit. Later, I learned that her husband beat her, but she would not divorce him because the Assemblies of God church she attended told her it was wrong to divorce him unless he committed adultery. That woman and her children suffered terribly because of this false teaching.

 

To justify the martyr myth, people often quote Matthew 5:39. “But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil:  but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.” Christ observed the spirit of this command, but He did not strictly follow the letter of it.
 

John 18

22 And when he had thus spoken, one of the officers which stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, Answereth thou the high priest so?

23 Jesus answered him, If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil:  but if well, why smitest thou me?

 

Did Jesus urge the man to keep hitting him?  No.  He boldly protested against being struck wrongfully.  We must interpret Christ’s words by His own example and other Scripture.  Jesus teaches eternal principles to be modified to each situation.  We don’t always have to silently endure wrong. To insist upon the literal meaning of turning the other cheek is a pharisaic interpretation of the New Testament.  We must look to the spirit of the Law, not the letter of the Law!   Under literal obedience, evil would rule the world!  Turning the other cheek would have allowed Hitler to conquer and rule the world! 

 

Nor did the apostle Paul allow himself to be wrongly beaten.  Acts 22 records his appeal to his lawful rights as a Roman citizen. 

 

24 The chief captain commanded him to be brought into the castle, and bade that he should be examined by scourging; that he might know wherefore they cried so against him.

 

25 And as they bound him with thongs, Paul said unto the centurion that stood by, Is it lawful for you to scourge a man that is a Roman, and uncondemned?

 

Paul didn't turn the other cheek. 

Here is a quote from a minister supporting a strict interpretation of turning the other cheek: “History teaches us that our liberties have been won by sufferings rather than by resistance.”  Has he read the story of the oppression of the Israelites by the Egyptians?  God heard the pleas of the oppressed and sent Moses to deliver the children of Israel from bondage. 

 

And what does our national history teach us?  Many advocates of the martyr myth are patriotic Americans.  Have you ever heard a Christian American argue that the War of Independence was wrongly named the American Revolution instead of the American Rebellion?  No.  Have you ever heard a Christian American denounce our Founding Fathers as rebellious, ungodly hypocrites because they refused to obey Scriptural mandates to submit to English government oppression?  No.  Have you ever heard General George Washington condemned as a rebel against British authority?   No.  Why not?  It is written on our hearts that oppression is wrong; it is written in the Bible that oppression is wrong.  “Ye shall not therefore oppress one another; but thou shalt fear thy God: for I am the Lord your God” (Leviticus 25:17). 

 

Yes, we celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.  As you know, the Declaration lists our causes for independence.  We’re all familiar with the assertion, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”  Thomas Jefferson further proclaims in the Declaration, “In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms:  Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury.   A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free People.”  So, does history teach that our liberties have been won by sufferings rather than resistance?    

 

Many Christian Americans cheer the Declaration of Independence from tyrannical governmental oppression, but shout down the declaration of independence from familial oppression. You see, we have double standards.  It's doublethink.  No, we must not allow political tyrants to conquer and brutalize us. Yes, we must allow familial tyrants to brutalize us.  In other words, a political tyrant may not oppress us; however, a family tyrant may oppress us.  We’re hard on political tyrants; we’re soft on familial tyrants. 

 

False Christianity forces us into spiritual bondage. False teachers have no respect for the rights and dignities of man.  They spit on our self-worth and shackle us to their manmade false doctrines that oppress us.  Oppression degrades us.  Oppression enslaves us. 

 

Listen…

 

The Bible clearly teaches us that repentance comes before forgiveness. The word “repent” and variations (repentance, repented, etc.) are used about 100 times in the Bible. Just as Jesus does not forgive us our sins unless we repent, He does not teach or preach that we must forgive those who wrong us and refuse to repent. To preach a gospel of forgiveness without repentance is to preach a false gospel.

 

If a professing Christian wrongs us, Jesus explains in Matthew 18 the procedure to work toward reconciliation:

 

15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.

16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.

 

For private wrongs, there are four steps:

 

First, “Go.” Do not wait for him to come to you. Take the first step toward reconciliation and “tell him his fault. Put the fault plainly before him, show him how he has wronged you, and how he has offended God. Do this in private, gently, and mercifully. Hopefully, he will realize his fault and you will be reconciled.

 

Second, if the offender stubbornly refuses to repent of his wrongdoing, “take with thee one or two or more” as witnesses to your words and actions. Also, the witnesses may persuade the offender of his guilt and need for repentance. Again, this is a private confrontation.

 

Third, if the offender is still unrepentant, “tell it unto the church.” Of course, the congregation is intended to be composed of true Christians – true followers of Christ.

 

Finally, if he turns a deaf ear to the authoritative reproof of the Church, “let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.” The unrepentant must be deprived of Church membership and treated as an outcast. We are to have no fellowship with him.

 

Of course, this procedure should be adapted to reconcile with a person outside the Church: 1) Go tell him his fault; 2) If he refuses to repent, take witnesses; and, 3) If he refuses to repent, have no fellowship with him.

 

God does not forgive the impenitent, and He does not expect us to do so. Forgiveness should only be given when sought with true repentance. Nowhere in the Bible does God command us to forgive others if they do not repent.

 

Listen…

 

Forgiveness is no mercy to the impenitent:

 

1) It leaves his evil nature unchanged.

2) It encourages and hardens him in his perversity.

3) It encourages others that they will not be accountable for their offenses.

4) It offends public justice.

 

God never expects us to make a mockery of repentance and forgiveness. There must be evidence of repentance. The Apostle Paul orders concerning the excommunicated Corinthian that when he had given evidences of his repentance, they should forgive him, and comfort him, and confirm their love towards him (2 Cor. 2:7,8).

 

In fact, we do our offending brother great wrong by not holding him accountable for his offenses. For the intent is to recover the offending brother – bring him to repentance and reconciliation. Without repentance, there can be no reconciliation to God, or to the offended brother.

 

 

Love and Reconciliation

 

The first New Testament commandment is to love the Lord thy God.

 

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,

and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind,

and with all thy strength:

this is the first commandment.

Mark 12:30

 

The second New Testament commandment is to love your neighbor.

 

And the second is like, namely this,
Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself
.
12:31

Paul explains the meaning of the second commandment…

 

Owe no man any thing, but to love one another:

for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

 

For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery,

Thou shalt not kill,

Thou shalt not steal,

Thou shalt not bear false witness,

Thou shalt not covet;

and if there be any other commandment,

it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely,

Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.


Love worketh no ill to his neighbour:

therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Romans 13:8-10

 

The principles of God’s Law are that we should live honestly; should hurt nobody; should render to everyone his due- "Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” When we transgress against a neighbor, we transgress against God. Therefore, we must reconcile to God and to man; reconciliation to both is inseparable.

 

Reconciliation implies an estrangement which has been overcome – not overlooked – so that happy relations are again possible for the estranged.

 

Both the Old and New Testaments teach reconciliation to God and man…

 

In the Old Testament, judges were appointed in the several tribes and families, who should try cases between man and man, and determine them. Justice must be served to prevent wrongdoers from transgressing the law of man and the Law of God, and to promote peace by the reconciliation of man to man. 

 

The New Testament also deals with the reconciliation of man to man. We have already discussed the procedure of reconciliation to man given by Jesus in Matthew 18: 15-17. When we wrong another, we transgress God’s Law to “love they neighbor as thyself” and must reconcile to God. And we must seek the forgiveness of God because the brother we have wounded is the property of God, and in wronging him we have sinned against his Creator and Redeemer. So, we must be reconciled to God and be reconciled to the wronged person.

 

Likewise, when someone has wronged us, he must reconcile to God and to us. No one is excused from being accountable for his wrong actions. Everyone must be held accountable for his wrong actions in the home, the church, and the community.

 

 

Live Peaceably

 

Why does God require repentance before forgiveness in our relationships with others? Because godly love is in the best interests of our homes, our churches, our communities, and our nation. Godly love promotes peace. True Christianity requires that honorable and peaceable conduct should be distinctive in our relations to all men: mutual forbearance, sympathy, and cooperation. The true Christian is free from private feuds or quarrels. He does not antagonize others. However, it may not always be possible to live peaceably with some men: you know folks like this is your family, your church, the community, and the nation.

If it be possible,
as much as lieth in you,
live peaceably with all men
Romans 12:18

We should strive for peace...

Be at peace among yourselves.
1 Thess. 5:13

If we want to live in peace among ourselves, then we must beware strifemongers: liars, slanderers, thieves, quarrelers, gossipers, busybodies, and all who maliciously cause conflict and contention and disturb the peace. Strifemongers refuse to “lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty” (1 Tim. 2:2).

Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace,
and things wherewith one may edify another.
Romans 14:19

If we are to follow after the things which make for peace, then we must not encourage or enable strifemongers – troublemakers.

Every private wrong in the home unrepented of is a crack in the foundation of the home and weakens it.

Every private wrong in the church unrepented of is a crack in the foundation of the church and weakens it.

Every private and public wrong in the community unrepented of is a crack in the foundation of the community and weakens it.

Every offense – private and public – affects the individual, the community, and the nation. Slander, lies, deception, fraud, and all private wrongs not only injure the person, but are cracks in the moral foundation of our nation.

True repentance that leads to true reconciliation contributes wonderfully toward making our homes, churches, communities and nation orderly and happy.

Imagine the healing that would take place in families if wrongdoers truly repented and reconciled to those they wronged!

Imagine the healing that would take place in churches if wrongdoers truly repented and reconciled to those they wronged!

Imagine the healing that would take place in communities if wrongdoers truly repented and reconciled to those they wronged!

Happy is the nation of homes and churches and communities filled with peace!

 

Blessed Are the Peacemakers

God is the God of peace; the Messiah is the Prince of peace, His birth was welcomed with the angels’ hymn, “Peace on earth.” He is the great Peacemaker. He made peace through the blood of His cross. And because we are made in His image, we are also called to be peacemakers.

Blessed are the peacemakers:
for they shall be called the children of God.
Matthew 5:9

A true peacemaker will not excuse or justify – enable and encourage – a troublemaker, but will hold him accountable. He will make peace by reconciling parties that are at variance by following the Biblical procedure for reconciliation.

On the other hand, a false peacemaker will excuse and justify – enable and encourage – a troublemaker, and will not hold him accountable. And he will try to make peace by reconciling parties that are at variance by urging the wronged person to overlook the injuries inflicted by the wrongdoer. This is false peace. And false peace will never heal the wounded person.

Those who refuse to hold wrongdoers accountable for their wrongdoing are responsible for the conflict and hostility in our homes, our churches, our communities, and our nation.

More important, those who practice unconditional forgiveness pervert the doctrine of God’s grace: they condemn God and declare they show more grace and mercy than God because they forgive evildoers who do not repent.

The truth is…

God does not forgive the unrepentant wrongdoer just because you forgive him. Godly love for the wrongdoer desires reconciliation to God and to man. If we truly love one another, we will urge wrongdoers to repent and reconcile to God and to man. When a wrongdoer pours out words or acts of true repentance to the person he has wronged, this balm soothes the injured soul, and the healing process begins.

And the fruit of repentance and reconciliation is peace.
 

Repentance Precedes Forgiveness

The doctrine of unconditional forgiveness is a lie. The Bible clearly teaches that forgiveness is conditional: repentance precedes reconciliation to God...

Except ye repent,
ye shall all likewise perish.
Luke 13:3

...and repentance precedes reconciliation to man.

If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him;
and if he repent, forgive him.
Luke 17:3

Without repentance, no man is reconciled to God.

Without repentance, no man is reconciled to those he has wronged.

The stiff-necked wrongdoer who refuses to repent of offending God and man is unforgiven and doomed.

Jesus warns us that even if we do many wonderful works in His name, yet remain unrepentant, unholy and unclean, we are not one of His...

And then I will profess unto them,
I never knew you;
depart from me, ye that work iniquity
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May 2019

Liberty Advocate

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