I’ve been reflecting a little recently on a question that is generated by Q.87 in the Westminster Shorter Catechism on ‘Repentance unto life’: what is it that produces a healthy holy hatred of sin?
“Repentance unto life is a saving grace, whereby a sinner, out of a true sense of his sin, and apprehension of the mercy of God in Christ, doth with grief and hatred of his sin, turn from it unto God, with full purpose of, and endeavour after, new obedience.”
I’d like to put the question out there to see what answers people come up with – I’m sure some have read quite widely on the matter and will have well-considered answers.
Up to this point I’ve just jotted down a few answers: here’s what I’ve come up with in the brief time I’ve given to the answer.
1. The Holy Scriptures.
We learn about the hatefulness of sin in all its prevalence, deception, consequences, ugliness, impurity, rebellion and godlessness from many examples that are given in the bible. There are many clear doctrinal statements for example the catalogue of sins in the Psalms and the catena of Old Testament quotations in Romans 3 which help us see sin for […]