In this episode:
- Don’t forget to become a Theodio Premier Subscriber. Offer ends when 2020 comes to a close.
- The post-war cleanliness movement
- Why we shouldn’t believe God is “all mercy”
- The relevant audiobook segment
- Episode blog post: Do you take God’s grace for granted?
- Extra post: The seven marks of true repentance
- Podcast introduction: Yabo Obien
- Logo and marque: Jeff Lyons at Light & Story
- 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
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Last time here on the Theodio Podcast, we learned about the way our enemy tempts us to believe that God is all mercy and no justice. And we heard Brooks teach us how to overcome that error.
This time it’s device 6: fooling us into believing that repentance is easy. So why not just give into that sin? You can just go back to God and ask forgiveness again later, right?
Easy as 1-2-3!
Satan wants us to be comfortable in our sins because grace is cheap. Do you think unlimited grace is a license to sin? Think again.
Think about it this way: I want you to consider how much time and money have been spent since 1946 on making cleaning easier.
That was the year after World War II ended. It was also, not coincidentally, the year the first Baby Boomers were born. The enormous spike in postwar births signaled America’s return to domesticity and all the challenges it brought.
American industry transformed from a war machine to a home appliance machine. If the Sherman Tank helped win the Battle of the Bulge, the automatic dishwasher turned the tide against baked-on food crust.
In the 21st century the war for cleanliness has not slowed, only shifted its focus. Vacuum robots sweep up pet hair while you’re at work. Smart washing machines scan loads to distribute optimal detergent amounts and water temperatures. Even your car will tell you – or your service center – when your oil needs changing.
Making messes has always been easy for humans. Cleaning them up is the perpetual challenge. And the easier cleaning becomes the messier we may allow ourselves to get.
Especially if it’s someone else doing the cleaning.
As Thomas Brooks states, Satan wants us to be comfortable in our sins knowing we have a God who freely gives grace. And because the path to grace is so short, why not sin away knowing our return home is such a quick trip?
Think about that: In what other religion is grace, or its equivalent, so accessible? We have no sacrifices to make. Jesus is our sacrifice. We have no penance or religious rituals to follow. Christ’s death removed the dividing wall between us and the altar of God’s grace. We ask forgiveness, we receive, we repent. The Holy Spirit continues with us beginning with the very next step.
The temptation to sin with that giant, wide-open door behind us can be great. But Brooks teaches it is far better to remain within the boundaries of God’s commands than treat so cheaply the grace his Son won for us in his death.
Let’s listen now to part one of this section of chapter 2.
What an amazing word picture that is – Adam stripped of his garments. This must refer to the coverings Adam and Eve made for themselves after they disobeyed God. Their loss of innocence and shame over their sin made them want to hide from God and from each other. But in true repentance, we are stripped of the insufficient coverings we try to fashion, to make ourselves presentable before God. God sees our sinfulness for what it is. And then through repentance and faith, he covers us by his perfect work.
You may also have noticed that remedy 2, about the nature of true repentance, was a bit long. There’s a lot there to explore. So next time, instead of sharing a portion of the audiobook, I’m going to read a special post I wrote about this on the Theodio blog: “The seven marks of true repentance.” I’ll link to that in the next episode’s show notes so you can read it yourself if you want.
We’ve covered a lot this time, so let’s wrap this up. Thank you so much for listening. Please join us again next time.