Morbid self-accusation or repentance?

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  1. Cifrado

    Cifrado Puritan Board Freshman

    Could someone please define the distinction between morbid-accusation (relates to melancholy, or insanity), and loathing of self, in terms of repentance. *Is the one out of intellectual understanding and a fear of legal demands, and the other out of heart felt sincerity? Or can they both be heartfelt (by way of Christs love)? One is not of grace, the other is, I understand this much. Repentance is a sense of shame, and a longing to avoid sin, all wrought by a sense of divine love. I*need some clarification where you would draw the line between the two. In everything we do, we all have shortcomings, but I'm wondering if a true believers life can be tainted with a tad of this so called "morbid-accusation" which might also be called religious OCD. Is genuine repentance simply a disgust of sin without unhealthy repetition (which I assume is something different..)? What would you even define as healthy, and unhealthy?!:p I tend to take the things I read quite literally (Aspergers), and was hoping you guys could shed some light on the subject. Thanks,

    Nate *
  2. rbcbob

    rbcbob Puritan Board Graduate

    True repentance leads to refreshment, joy and renewed determination to walk in obedience. False repentance, or remorse, leads to inward naval gazing and away from hope in Christ.
  3. Jack K

    Jack K Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    Very well said! Exactly the passage I was thinking of, with insightful commentary.
  4. Cifrado

    Cifrado Puritan Board Freshman

  5. Peairtach

    Peairtach Puritan Board Doctor

    To the extent that you still cling to the view of the law as a Covenant of Works rather than a Rule of Life, now that you are in Christ, your repentance for sin will be afflicted with morbid self-accusation, which Satan can make use of.

    If you are in Christ you are set free from the law as a Covenant of Works.

    See Romans 6 and the relevant sermons on it by Sinclair Ferguson:-

    But repentance and turning from sin can be a painful and difficult process at the best of times. See Psalm 51.

    But the one that is in Christ has moved from purely legal repentance - when he tried to get right with God before he had saving faith - to an imperfect but evangelical repentance, which is saving faith's attitude to sins committed before or after regeneration.

    Being imperfect but real faith and repentance it may have legal nuggets mixed in with it.
  6. Puritan Sailor

    Puritan Sailor Moderator

    Morbid self-accusation is a form of pride. You're preoccupied with yourself and not the gospel. You are basically trying to earn acceptance with God through beating yourself up like a monk. It's a form of self-righteousness. God says you are forgiven, but you say "no, not yet, let me beat myself up a little more." True sorrow for sin leads to hope because you know you have a Savior who was punished for you and a Father who loves you. :2cents:
  7. paculina

    paculina Puritan Board Freshman

    Amen. Well said.
  8. schwarzeneggerchia

    schwarzeneggerchia Puritan Board Freshman

    [BIBLE]Romans 7:24-25[/BIBLE]
    This may be seen as morbid self accusation but it is reality that is who we are, wretched sinners. This reality is what brings us into continual repentance where we soberly see ourselves as in and of ourselves sinful, and in need of God.
  9. Ivan

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  10. InSlaveryToChrist

    InSlaveryToChrist Puritan Board Junior

    I think that when it comes to distinguishing between godly sorrow and worldly sorrow, it's essential to consider what exactly motivates the mind of a repentant person to incline its will to utter subjection to the Lord. Here's what I've come up with:

    Wrong motivations:
    (1) I don't want to go to hell because the idea of eternal pain sounds horrifying!
    (2) I want to go to heaven because there I don't have to worry about consequences!

    Right motivations:
    (1) I don't want to go to hell because the idea of being separated from God's loving relationship sounds horrifying!
    (2) I want to go to heaven because I want to be with a holy, loving and righteous God and submit myself to His eternal praise!

    I sincerely believe that those people, who only desire God's gifts and not the Giver Himself, don't know God for who He is according to the Scriptures because God in definition is the greatest gift, since He's the source of all grace. In other words, the greatest gift God can give you is the full revelation of Himself. Sadly, many people, in their spiritual blindness, don't realize this glorious truth about God, and therefore embrace God's gifts over God Himself.
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