"EXCEPT YE REPENT"
By A. W. Tozer
The rest of mankind. . . still did not repent.
-- Revelation 9:20
There are many compelling lessons to be drawn from
the Scriptures and one of the clearest is that sinful and
rebellious people can never be forced into repentance.
The same act that may cause one person to repent and
believe will cause others to hate and despise God!
The same Bible sermon that brings the person to tearful
submission at an altar of prayer will send others out with
pride and a resolve to have their own human way.
Students of the Scriptures are aware that the Old
Testament prophets and the writing apostles of New
Testament times foresaw and proclaimed God's coming
day of judgment --- the consummate settling of accounts
between the Sovereign God and his rebellious and sinful
How desperately we would like to believe that in the
face of coming judgment, all lost men and women will cry
out to God, but such will not be the case: "But the men left
alive after these plagues still refused to worship God! They
would not renounce their demon-worship, nor their idols
made of gold and silver, brass, stone, and wood-which
neither see nor hear nor walk!” -- Revelation 9:20
Yours in Christ,
Paul N. F.