- Episode blog post: Man of sorrows: Why feelings aren’t required for faith
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- Original music: Makeup and Vanity Set
- Kindle version of Precious Remedies against Satan’s Devices by John Hendryx at Monergism.com
- Text for Precious Remedies provided by GraceGems.org
Sorrow is not a prerequisite for salvation. Learn why you shouldn’t let your feelings keep you from a life of faith.
Welcome back to the Theodio Podcast, I’m your host Dan Kassis.
We’re walking though the book Precious Remedies against Satan’s Devices by Thomas Brooks. Along with a segment of our original audio production of the book, we provide commentary and fresh insight, bringing this work of classic theology to life for you.
This is part three of a five-part series from chapter 6 of Precious Remedies. Brooks identifies five lies Satan tells unbelievers to keep them from coming to Christ for forgiveness and new life. Last time we talked about worthiness – specifically that it’s the Lord Jesus’s worthiness that matters to God, not ours.
This time we’re going to talk about sorrow, remorse. I know, not the most compelling lead into a podcast episode. But I think it’s important we expose some less than helpful tendencies in church life. To do that, I’d like to repeat some words you’ve probably heard, and maybe even said at some point.
“I take you to be my lawfully wedded spouse; to have and to hold from this day forward; to love, honor, and cherish; in sickness and health, in prosperity and adversity; as long as we both shall live; and as long as I feel like I love you.”
What’s wrong with this picture? It’s that, while rapturous emotional love marks the beginning of many marriages, it cannot sustain them. Basing a marriage on feelings is a recipe for future trouble.
Sadly this is what many young married couples expect as they walk down the aisle. So, when the mundanity of ordinary life arrives and the feelings fade, many marriages fizzle out and die.
Sorrow before salvation?
Emotional experiences have also marked the beginnings of many relationships with Jesus. But feelings cannot sustain that relationship either. This is true for both the exuberant joy of new life and crushing remorse over past sin.
Some Christians will tell you if you’re “sorry enough” about your sin or “truly sincere” about wanting to be a Christian, God will save you. Interestingly, the Bible doesn’t agree. It’s not that emotion isn’t important, but it isn’t required.
This is why Satan will come against unbelievers, negating God’s truth with his lies about sorrow and sincerity. He will discourage them from seeking mercy from God unless their emotional response to mercy is deep enough.
Thomas Brooks provides four counter-arguments to defeat our enemy’s deception. If you think you can’t be saved until you’re emotionally “prepared and qualified,” let these truths from Scripture convince you to feel otherwise.
Here’s our segment from the audiobook.
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So, how are you feeling after all that? Good, we hope.
Next time it’s part four of this series. That is scheduled to release the day before Easter. I can’t think of a better topic to discuss than Jesus’s willingness to save all who come to him in faith. With the help of Thomas Brooks, we’re going to shatter the enemy’s lie that, while Jesus is more than capable of rescuing you from your sin, maybe He isn’t willing in your case.
Please come back and listen to this message of hope. And thanks for joining us.