The Sin of Forgiveness
By: Edward F. Mrkvicka, Jr.
"Spending eternity in hell isn't the worst thing that can happen to a person. The worst thing is to spend eternity in hell having believed throughout your life that you were going to heaven" (p. 44).
The above quote is not to scare you but to let you know how much Edward cares about getting our understanding right about true forgiveness from the Bible’s point of view.
How strange it is to conclude this book with this question: “What did you think the first time you read the title of this book?” (p. 114). Most people read it and think that forgiveness is a sin, but it is not.
Here is another question: Is forgiveness a sin? Edward answers, “It depends on what kind of forgiveness you’re talking about. Worldly forgiveness is a sin as described repeatedly in the Bible. Conversely, righteous forgiveness is a holy thing that changes lives and eternities” (p. 100).
Have you heard of “easy believism”? Here, Edward points out how many Christians believe that they are “easily forgiven” without having to repent. “So watch yourselves. If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them” (Luke 17:3). Most of the time, we will just accept “I’m sorry” and move on with our business (p. 50).
If you are looking for the book besides the Bible that talks about true forgiveness, look no further because Edward backs up lots of Bible verses in this short book and cites plenty of verses on “repentance”. If I had the choice of adding a subtitle, it would be: “Without repentance, there is no true forgiveness.” Please read this book and you will learn something from Edward.
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