Jonathan Edwards on False Hope

“Some sinners flatter themselves that they are already converted. They sit down and rest in a false hope, persuading themselves that all their sins are pardoned; that God loves them; that they shall go to heaven when they die; and that they need trouble themselves no more. Revelation 3:17, “You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked….

…If you think that you are in a way of earnest seeking salvation, consider, whether or not you mind earthly things yet more? If you imagine that you have it in your own power to work yourselves up to repentance, consider, that you must assuredly give up that vain imagination before you can have repentance wrought in you. If you think yourselves already converted, and that encourages you to give yourselves the greater liberty in sinning—this is a certain sign that you are not converted.
Therefore abandon all these ways of flattering yourselves! No longer follow the devil’s bait; and let nothing encourage you to go on in sin—but immediately and henceforth seek God with all your heart, and soul, and strength!

Jonathan Edwards

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