Thursday, October 08, 2009

Have sins to confess?

"In those days they still believed they had sins to confess; and when they got into trouble, they had not learned to hire an alienist [psychiatrist] to blame their misdeeds on their grandfathers and hang their guilt on their family tree." -- From Rest Awhile by Vance Havner, 1941


Anonymous said...

Quite a profound statement even for 1941. How many other things have been added since then to fix the blame upon? Don't forget about the government. Wasn't it Nancy Pelosi who recently said, "Why do you need the Good Lord when you have the government to take care of you?" There's nothing like good quality leadership, is there?

Anonymous said...

Vance Havner has long been one of my favorite authors. My dad had the privilege of hearing Dr. Havner preach. I am grateful to have most of his books. The issue of confession and repentance is certainly not politically correct, but it is Biblically correct. Thanks, Bro. Vaughn, for a much need reminder!

R. L. Vaughn said...

Along with this fixing the blame upon someone or something else, in our day is has also become common (even in churches) not to call things "sin". I heard a popular preacher on TV a few weeks ago talking about some kind of sexual sin (don't remember which) and instead of using the word "sin" he was using "mistake". I'm sure it is a mistake, but calling it just a mistake to not keep it from being a sin.

R. L. Vaughn said...

Typo alert: "...but calling it just a mistake DOES NOT keep it from being a sin."

Jim1927 said...

I remember preaching a sermon some years ago entitled: The positive side of sin.

If we ignore our sin, we will never get to know the SAVIOUR because He died for our sins.

What can be more positive than that?



R. L. Vaughn said...

Amen. It is the sick who need a physician.