We are not antinomians . . . we have something to do – repent.

“Repentance is necessary for God’s own people, who have a real work of grace.  They must offer up a daily sacrifice of tears.  The Antinomians hold that when any come to be believers, they have a writ of ease, and there remains nothing for them now to do but to rejoice.  Yes, they have something else to do, and that is to repent.  Repentance is a continuous act.  The issue of godly sorrow must not be quite stopped till death.  Jerome, writing in an epistle to Laeta, tells her that her life must be a life of repentance.  Repentance is called crucifying the flesh (Gal. 5:24), which is not done on a sudden, but leisurely; it will be doing all our life.

Search with the candle of the word into your hearts and see if you can find no matter for repentance there:

1.  Repent of your rash censuring.
2.  Repent of your vain thoughts.
3.  Repent of your vain fashions.
4.  Repent of your decays of grace.
5.  Repent of your non-improvements of talents.
6.  Repent of your forgetfulness of sacred vows.
7.  Repent of your unanswerableness to blessings received.
8.  Repent of your worldliness.
9.  Repent of your divisions.
10. Repent for the iniquity of your holy things.

Behold here repenting work cut out for the best.  And that which may make the tide of grief swell higher is to think that the sins of God’s people do more provoke God than do the sins of others.  The sins of the wicked pierce Christ’s side.  The sins of the godly go to his heart.”

– Thomas Watson, The Doctrine of Repentance, 69-72.

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One Comment on “We are not antinomians . . . we have something to do – repent.”


  1. “5. Repent of your non-improvements of talents.”

    Wow. There’s a lot to think about in just that one point. The idea that not developing the gifts God has given you is a sin opens up a lot


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