Counterfeit Repentance — by Thomas Watson, 1668

Here are some excellent truths about fake repentance. These words are from a pastor of old named Thomas Watson in England:

COUNTERFEITS of Repentance (from Thomas Watson’s The Doctrine of Repentance, Puritan Paperbacks series)

To discover what true repentance is, I shall first show what it is not. There are several counterfeits of repentance, which might occasion that saying of Augustine that “repentance damns many”. He meant a false repentance; a person may delude himself with counterfeit repentance:

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Be Wise About this thing called “A Call to Ministry”

1Ti 1:5-7  The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.  (6)  Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion,  (7)  desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions.

1Ti 1:18  This charge I entrust to you, Timothy, my child, in accordance with the prophecies previously made about you, that by them you may wage the good warfare,

Many times in the church we hear people talking about “calling.” In regard to a pastor, people want to know “when did you know that the Lord was calling you to be a pastor?” I have been asked that question many times (though not so much now as in my earlier years). It is certainly understandable that people wonder about it.

But what I specifically wanted to talk about in this article is a caution. Namely, this:

Just because someone is a pastor does not mean the Lord has called them.

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The Disconnect in the Evil Man’s Mind

Rom 1:32  Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.


We know that abusers are never wrong. The kind we deal with here. Even when they admit some wrong or blame, they don’t really believe it. It’s just a sham to further deceive others. “But he said he is sorry.” It’s like a line I heard in Iron Man 2 recently – “I’m sorry. It was your fault, but I’m sorry.”

All this evidences to me that these kind of people have a disconnected circuit in their brain. Oh, don’t cut them any slack due to some physical glitch in their brain. This doesn’t excuse them at all. In fact, the disconnect I am talking about is, I theorize, the very product of their ongoing lying sin.

Let me illustrate:

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