^>ht ll^arncst Christian GOLDEN RULE. VOL. XLIX. MAY, 1885. NO. 5. TRUE REPENTANCE. BY REV. B. T. ROBERTS. A man who has counterfeit money is worse off than one who has no money. Preaching unscriptural ideas of repentance does, perhaps, more damage than not preaching repentance at all. It is harder to unlearn an error than it is to learn the truth. Some popular revivalists make repentance consist simply in turning from wrong to right. This is a necessary part of repentance, but it is not the whole. Genuine repentance is always attended with reformation; bnt there may be reformation without repentance. The boldest bandit of this country has reformed. He has abandoned his dangerous avocation of robbing banks, and trains of cars, and of shooting those who stood in the way of the accomplishment of his designs. But we have seen no inrimation that he has repented. The Bible gives us clear light on the NATURE OF TRUE REPENTANCE. It teaches that it contains the following elements: I. Genuine sorrow for sin because it is offensive to God. "For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of; but the sorrow of the world worketh death." —2 Cor. 7:10. Common prudence may work reformation; but we are not told that any thing but godly sorrow brings about the repentance that results in salvation. The sin may have been agjreat injury to our fellow beings. But it was a violation of the law of God. He who commits murder not only does the greatest wrong against a fellow being, but he commits a crime against the State, for which he is punished. So sin is an offense against God. True repentance takes the authority of God into account. David did the greatest wrong to one of his bravest soldiers and most faithful servants. God sent his servant Nathan to reprove him, and to pronounce judgment upon him. The king awoke to a sense of his guilt, and, instead of apologizing for his crime, said at once, "I have sinned against the Lord."—2 Sam. 12:13. The offence against God was so much greater in comparison than that against the man whose death he had contrived to bring about that he cried out to God: "Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judges};-"