Episode 171 Show Notes
How Can I Know That I've Truly Repented of My Sins?
From the Show
Is the existence of Church Denominations in contradiction to Jesus' prayer for all Christians to be one?
In Ephesians 4, Paul exhorts the Ephesians to preserve the bond of unity. And how do they do that? He says, “by recognizing the only bond of unity is one Lord, one faith, one baptism.” If anyone diverges from one Lord, believing in other saviors or serious errors, heresies concerning Jesus, he's not a part of the unity of the church. If anyone teaches another faith, then the basic gospel that Scripture proclaims, summarized in the Creeds, as Paul says to the Galatians, "let him be anathema." If anyone teaches another baptism than the one that Christ instituted as the bath of union with him and each other, they're breaking the peace, they don't belong to the Commonwealth of Christ.
But barring these decisive breaches, we should work hard as Paul says, to preserve the bond of fellowship with churches we don't necessarily agree with. That's hard. It's very difficult sometimes for us, we think we're right. Here's the thing: we're not equally right about everything. We shouldn't hold with the same confidence in particular views of end-times, for example, that we have concerning the deity of Christ. — Michael Horton
Questions in this Episode
1. What are your favorite top resources for pointing unbelievers for the trustworthiness and truth of the Bible?
2. I have heard you guys talk about the Lord’s Supper and sometimes you call it the Eucharist. Is that a Catholic thing?
3. With there being so many different denominations in the church, do you think that this is in direct contradiction with Jesus’ prayer in John 17 for all Christians to be “one”?
4. What is the difference between true and false repentance?
5. What does the Bible mean when it talks about us being "glorified"?
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