Davidic Publishing

The Official Winds eNewsletter

www.WindsoftheSoul.com

 Copyright © November 2005

Repentance Done Wrongly is Dishonest

How Not To Succeed with God and Others....

~written from the common sense perspective of The Winds of the Soul~

by Dr. Gregory C.D. Young, Ph.D.(Oxon.)

 
to the book

We are inundated with the tendency to normalize that which is fast becoming the American face of becoming irresponsibly narcissistic. 

Everything around us seems to have surrendered to the expectation of the "quick fix."  It affects every aspect of our life.  It's not just a growing impatience with things, which at times is legitimate, but a brattish and lazy assumption that we and our needs should be the center of everyone's world. 

We are inundated with the tendency to normalize that which is fast becoming the American face of becoming irresponsibly narcissistic. 

If we don't get what we want quickly and easily, and our satisfaction for our expectations have to be delayed, we lose it.... believing that somehow we got gypped when things don't turn out our way. 

It's a pattern that has now become acceptable amongst us.  To make matters even worse, we now demand successful results even when we don't work for them, believing instead that everything should be given to us gratis.

No more telling example of the slippery slope we are on is that of students who cheat and lie because "they can," and see nothing wrong with getting ahead that way.  After all it's what they see adults do all around them everyday.  It's the modern way to the fast tract.  According to the dictum of the day, lying and cheating are only "wrong" when you get caught. 

Copyright © 2005 Dr. Gregory C.D. Young, Ph.D.(Oxon.).  All Rights Reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part, in any form or by any means, including but not limited to all forms of media print, audio, electronic and video reproduction, without the prior express and specific written content of the author, except in cases of brief quotations embodied in critical articles and reviews. 

Page 1


No greater campaign of disinformation can be found that that which has been advanced concerning the concepts of Repentance and Forgiveness, which principles can only be activated within "honest" rather than "dishonest" mindsets. 

Yet, it is a profound Truth that our dishonesty with others can only be initiated from a dishonesty that is first found, nurtured and normalized, within ourselves, one that we've first learned to practice within our own personal habits.  Any form of dishonesty outwardly manifested must first have had its roots within the dark games of our own minds. 

And that brings us to what is becoming increasingly more acceptable/"forgivable"/passable in the Christian Church today.  Dishonesty, cheating and lying, whether to another or oneself, is becoming more common and frequent, especially as Judeo-Christian standards become increasingly diluted, and the original Christian message becomes more confused, political, and loosely interpreted. 

Although the Gospel message is indeed "simple," it has become so oversimplified and stretched out of shape in order to fit everybody's personal preferences, that many of its tenets have been subsequently obscured, changed, if not undermined completely.

No greater campaign of disinformation can be found than that which has been advanced concerning the concepts of Repentance and Forgiveness, which principles can only be activated within "honest" rather than "dishonest" mindsets. 

Now, many from the nation's pulpits espouse that repentance is something that can happen in a second, like swiping a credit card, and then everything is charged to "Jesus" who will then pay all bills due, and Forgiveness is thereafter automatically credited to our account, while preserving the proclivity of personal dishonesty and avoiding the possibility of being uncomfortably uncovered at our roots. 

Now please don't misunderstand me.  As my latest book "The Winds of Forgiveness" testifies, I believe in the powers of the Atonement, and the capacity for Christ to forgive us of all our sins, since He successfully took our sins upon Himself.  But I cannot abide the blatant and willful misinterpretations of the Gospel message, which has led to the wholesale miscarriage of justice and mercy that has accrued within our Churches this date.  I believe that the conditions whereupon Repentance and Forgiveness are affected, have become distortions of their original intent.

Page 2

 


No clearer distortion is offered than when personally but wrongly assuring their congregations that God will forgive us all our sins in the instant that we ask, no questions asked, no conditions affixed...everything is free and easy, quick and immediate..., again following the basic unhealthy mandate of a culturally reinforced narcissistic expectation.   

Therefore, what I am protesting is the manner in which the process of Repentance and Forgiveness has become oversimplified in the Judeo-Christian community, perpetuated by the onslaught of false doctrines, leading many astray in believing that they have been forgiven when in fact they have not been. 

This is snake oil purveying of the worst sort.

Many pastors and priests pack their churches by lowering the bar of understanding and commitment for their congregations, diluting the message of the Gospel and destroying its fair proportions so as to not offend the paying membership. 

No clearer distortion is offered than when personally but wrongly assuring their congregations that God will forgive us all our sins in the instant that we ask, no questions asked, no conditions affixed...everything is free and easy, quick and immediate..., again following the basic unhealthy mandate of a culturally reinforced narcissistic expectation.   This also ignores the Truth that God will not forgive us of our sins while we remain entrenched and steeped within them, and that we can only be delivered from our sins when we have the courage to repent from them.

Yet, that is not what is being preached by many.  Without even knowing what the conditions of true repentance or sincere contrition are, without ever even wanting to know what our sins and their wrongful roots respectfully are, without even learning to sorrowfully care about the repercussions of our sins and those that have become innocently afflicted by our mistakes, these religious snake oil salesmen/saleswomen insist (under the cover of audacious self-promotion) that all one has to do is to "accept Jesus" into their heart within a 60 second prayer... and presto.... you're saved!  

They instruct, thereafter, that we can then forget or repress anything to do with our past sins.  Nothing to it.  No pain.  No hurt.  No cost incurred.  No real sorrow demonstrated.  No period of discomfort or change.  Nothing has to be spent by us individually.  No conditions need to be met.  No understanding gleaned.  No true needs realized.  No real understanding received.  No lessons learned.... except "don't get caught." 

Neither is there any better understanding of our sins gleaned, and most particularly the constellation of wrongfulness of same, other than it was wrong and we shouldn't do it ever again.  Everything is supposedly given to us freely for the asking, simply because we fill our lungs with air and force the token words to our lips.  No other labor on our part is supposedly demanded....

Page 3

 


Now honestly, does anyone really believe that such ridiculous tripe can actually be found in the just and fair proportions of Christ's Gospel?  I've not been able to find such a disparity in the Scriptures myself, and wonder where others get-off parsing the Scriptures in order to make their malignant case, misleading others by the throngful. 

Now honestly, does anyone really believe that such ridiculous tripe can actually be found in the just and fair proportions of Christ's Gospel?  I've not been able to find such a disparity in the Scriptures myself, and wonder where others get-off parsing the Scriptures in order to make their malignant case, misleading others by the throngful. 

Really, I wish I was wrong about this, for seeing this misunderstanding willfully practiced all around me deepens my sorrow, pointing out just how far we've come down this slippery slope.  Again, it suggests that these kinds of narcissistic expectations are now a cultural phenomena that even permeates our churches, leading us to believe that we can approach the Lord of the Universe and still retain our brutish dishonesties and adolescent brattishness, as if our bad manners and personal impurities will be allowed within the Kingdom of Heaven.  

From another perspective, what kind of parent would give to his children with such alarming unthoughtful indiscrimination and lack of judgement, allowing one to be forgiven when not even understanding what was done wrong?  A stupid and self-indulgent pandering one, of course.  And as God is surely not stupid, nor sycophantingly pandering to our affections, His ways would surely be different than ours....

 He wisely has established the perfect precision of His law, as well as provided the very means by which it can be satisfied, within our lives, by providing a Savior and Sacrifice for us.  But that doesn't mean that He and His ways can be manipulated and cashed-in on through some sort of guileful slight-of-hand on our part.

We should never think it possible that we can fool God, or hide our council from the Lord.  We cannot.  As it is written:

 

Isaiah 29:15-16   15 Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the LORD, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us? 16 Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter's clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding?

 

As is fully documented within my book, "The Winds of Forgiveness," the process of Forgiveness as is revealed and explained within the Scriptures is indeed real, but is only possible when we have established the real intent and sincere activity of repenting from our sins.  Thus, there are various conditions that we must each personally meet in this regard. 

There is no slick wholesale variety of Forgiveness that is automatically acceptable to Heaven.  Each request for Forgiveness must be wholly personalized, which means it must involve all of our person, and not just part, hiding the rest of us from the Lord's discerning Light.

Page 4


Moreover, if Repentance and Forgiveness is to be real and legitimate, it cannot proceed in an isolated manner but must involve the revelations and compunctions of His Living Moral Authority upon our lives.  We can never think it possible to just walk away from our sins, like slipping out of some dirty laundry, without going through this process. 

Accordingly, the process of repentance should not be considered superficially, for it is not superficially presented within the Scriptures.  It first involves some measurable personal investment, namely in the initial form of the arduous and sorrow-filled process of self-examination under the admonishments of His Spirit. 

Moreover, if Repentance and Forgiveness is to be real and legitimate, it cannot proceed in an isolated manner but must involve the revelations and compunctions of His Living Moral Authority upon our lives.  We can never think it possible to just walk away from our sins, like slipping out of some dirty laundry, without going through this process.  And, we must too be aware that sometimes the entirety of this process takes time, which means expending considerable and consistent effort over time, before our Forgiveness can be fully granted.

Inevitably, our sins must become exposed to His Light, and every corner of them must be revealed if His Promised Cleansing is to take place.  Most importantly, this process involves the activities of personal conscience and remorse, which experience leads to the Spiritual querying and subsequent understanding of what we did that was wrong, and why it was wrong.  This is a learning paradigm that cannot be short circuited.

Unless we allow, and indeed seek, for this critical learning that must take place honestly and sincerely within us, we will be condemned to repeat our sins over and over again....  perhaps unknowingly...  And even though we may temporarily fool ourselves since the outward manifestation of the sin may have changed, the inward commission/omission remains. 

Unless we realize the extent that Heaven's judgments remain upon us, few of us turn to change our ways, believing that we're really okay, and that in the end God will forgive us of our follies because it would be the "nice" thing for Him to do....  This is folly of the worst kind.

The requisite that our Repentance be thorough (as demanded by Heaven) is not meant to hurt us further, as if inflicting a punishment upon us or pushing our face into the mud.  But more importantly, such meticulousness is essential to our spiritual welfare.  It is required simply so that we can openly demonstrate that we have reached a position in our development that qualifies us to no longer wish to perform the sinful deed, and turn from being the kind of person that would sin thereafter. 

Page 5


Indeed, because of the cleansing powers of His Spirit which are enabled in this ongoing Spiritually infused and enabled introspective and retrospective process, true Repentance should be so thorough that it changes our very character, leading us to exclaim that we are no longer the person that has done the awful deed, and would shrink in the future from any possibility of repeating the sin again, wondering how on earth we could have ever done such a terrible thing in the first place. 

Indeed, because of the cleansing powers of His Spirit which are enabled in this ongoing Spiritually infused and enabled introspective and retrospective process, true Repentance should be so thorough that it changes our very character, leading us to exclaim that we are no longer the person that has done the awful deed, and would shrink in the future from any possibility of repeating the sin again, wondering how on earth we could have ever done such a terrible thing in the first place. 

Only when that particular and specific realization dawns within our mind and heart, do we know that the sin has been truly rooted out of us, and swept away from between us and Heaven.  Only then do we witness the Atoning powers of the Lamb.

Until these precious moments of self-Spiritual-realization can be felt and sincerely embraced, there can be no Forgiveness from Heaven given, as the conditions of repentance have yet to be fulfilled. 

Of course, all of this means that we must demonstrate that we care, and dare, deeply enough to learn from our mistakes, and accept the tutelage that is to come from Our Heavenly Father's Hand so as to learn of His better way.  There is no room here for us to cater to the noxious egocentric need to save face.

We must be willing to accept our mistakes as our own, to learn to accept our full responsibilities in being accountable for our actions, or lack thereof, no matter how we got there, and look for the guidance from Heaven to lead us away from further temptation.

Without such a mindset, Heaven will not take us seriously, nor should it. 

Yet, most of us don't want, nor wish, for such intimacy with the Spirit, especially when it involves the exposing of our sins.  Most of our egos are just too frail to face the light, too ready to jump to our defenses when threatened with the knowledge that we've done something wrong, too faithless in knowing that the One Above offers us a way back if we would only listen and walk on the path He instructs...

So it is when somebody offers a quick-fix method for our troubles, we jump for the opportunity to avoid a more intimately thorough process, and miss the opportunities that Heaven presents.   

Page 6

 


The Spirit of Truth, or if you prefer, the Spirit of Christ, teaches all men to do Good.  It does not teach men to be dishonest, lie or cheat.  Accordingly, His Spirit teaches us to look back upon our life and reconcile our activities within and by the merits of His Goodness, seeing how we have fallen short, and learn of His better way. 

 The Spirit of Truth, or if you prefer, the Spirit of Christ, teaches all men to do Good.  It does not teach men to be dishonest, lie or cheat.  Accordingly, His Spirit teaches us to look back upon our life and reconcile our activities, relying on the merits and measure of His Goodness, seeing how we have fallen short, and learn of His better way.  Under His Guidance and promptings, we are to compare what we thought and did, to what He would have us do differently.  And with that in mind, we are not to rationalize or excuse our sins in any degree, but upon recognizing them, turn and repent from them all.

This prompts the question:  Do we have the courage to bring our works into His Light, and rejoice in His judgements, corrections and chastisements, or do we turn away in an effort to protect ourselves from the shame in an effort to save face, as noted in the following:

 

John 3:19-21 19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. {or, discovered} 21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

 

The Christian walk is a quiet, unassuming one, and a way that shuns fanfare and self-promotion.  Most of the major work is done in private within ourselves, where the seed of Christ begins to germinate and further develop----although outwardly, the expression of Charity to others becomes the natural fruit which such work bears and manifests.  This process is called generically "putting our own house in order," as well as "working out our own salvation in fear and trembling."  This is a life-long work.  It is not something that can be done in an afternoon of reflection....

Without us being reconciled to the Truths within our own lives, how do we dare to expect that we could attain to any Higher Truth.  If "lies" and "dishonesty" remain protected and conjoined within us, then how do we expect to become accepted into a realm of Higher Truth, even the Kingdom of Heaven? 

And there are of course other consequences that none of us like to consider.....  Namely, lacking the intimacies of personal ongoing self-inspection, introspection and retrospection which Repentance and Forgiveness requires, we cannot expect to have full relationships with others.  Indeed, the one is procedurally impossible without the other.  When we abandon the honest intimacies possible within ourselves, so do we short the possibilities of honest intimacies with others.

Page 7


About the Author:  Dr. Gregory C.D. Young, Ph.D.(Oxon.) is a Clinical Psychologist and Neuroscientist having been educated abroad where he completed his postgraduate studies at King’s College, the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and then graduated and received his Doctorate from the University of Oxford, Oxford, England. He has been in private clinical practice and medical research for over 25 years, being active as an author, popular radio and TV personality, public speaker, and researcher. He is the author of The Winds of the Soul~Heaven’s First Voice To Us books  &  The Winds of Forgiveness~Heaven's Healing Promises, as well as numerous other scholarly papers and works.

 

 

 

 

The famine of Truth experienced and practiced in our own personal arena actually predetermines and eventually mirrors the loneliness of our lives with others, and the lack of sharing and intimacy that we then try to normalize or redefine thereafter.

Most simply, when we entertain the idea that a little dishonesty within ourselves is okay, we simultaneously shut the door upon experiencing intimacy with others, and close the door on true love in our lives. 

When we decide to ignore the intimacies of the Light within us, all other relationships we entertain and enjoy in this life will suffer accordingly and precipitously. 

When we don't agree within ourselves to do  everything necessary to repent, when we seek to remain dishonest within ourselves in any way, we summarily shut the door on all other intimacies possible in our life, kind of like a taste of what Hell will be like for us down the road. 

Thus the ramifications of us not repenting fully and thoroughly have consequences that few us have ever even dreamed about.  And when the darkness comes, no work can be preformed thereafter.

So, I pray, let us all enter into the narrow gate and walk in the straight path of the Lord of the Universe.  Amongst other obvious reasons, He has provided it for us simply so that our relationships with Him and others may be full and prosperous.  It so simple that even a child can find His way.  But remember the child must first be honest....

 

 


      If you would like to buy the book The Winds of the Soul~Heaven's First Voice To Us or
Dr. Young's brand new book and the long awaited sequel: The Winds of Forgiveness~Heaven's Healing Promises online for yourself or for a friend, each for just $39.95 (normally 79.95: you save $40.00!) just click on the button below,

                

       or call 1-800-247-6553  24hrs/day.

 

 

Both Books are also available at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com (BN.com), Barnes & Noble Bookstores,

Books-A-Million, and other fine Bookstores;

distributed through Barnes & Noble Distribution, and Ingram.

 

To subscribe yourself, a family member, or a friend who you think would enjoy the commentary provided in this free eNewsletter, click here. 

Please note, we deeply respect the internet and the rights to privacy. You have been sent this free eNewsletter because you have previously subscribed to it, or a friend/family member of yours has for you. If you wish to “unsubscribed” and be removed from our mailing-list, please e-mail us at: Unsubscribe@WindsoftheSoul.com and in the space labeled “Subject” simply type “remove” and then click on “send.” We will promptly delete your address from our data base.

Warning and Disclaimer: Although the author and publisher have made every effort in the preparation to ensure the completeness and accuracy of the information given in this eNewsletter and the books, The Winds of the Soul & The Winds of Forgiveness, the publisher and author assume no responsibility for errors or omissions of any kind. The information provided is offered entirely on an “as is“ basis and is simply the point of view of its author. Moreover, the information in this eNewsletter as well as the book is offered without warranty, claim of fitness, or therapeutic effectiveness and appropriateness, either express or implied, nor does it claim or seek to offer any form of diagnosis or treatment for any form of disease or dysfunction. Any individual requiring psychological intervention, diagnosis and/or treatment should always seek the professional services of a responsible and licensed Psychologist or Psychiatrist. Neither the author or Davidic Publishing will be liable or responsible for any damages whatsoever or however defined, caused or alleged to be caused directly, indirectly, incidentally, or consequentially by the information contained in the eNewsletter and the books, The Winds of the Soul & The Winds of Forgiveness.

Page 8