It is now almost universally supposed that saving faith is nothing more than an act of the human will, which any man is capable of performing: all that is needed is to bring before a sinner a few verses of Scripture which describe his lost condition, one or two which contain the word "believe," and then a little persuasion for him to "accept Christ," and the thing is done. And the awful thing is that so very, very few, see anything wrong with this - blind to the fact that such a process is only the devil's drug to lull thousands into a false peace.
Here, then is the explanation why true repentance is so little preached today. The sense of God's government supremacy has been lost, the claims of His righteousness are ignored, the unchanging demands of His holy Law are no longer recognized, hence, the unregenerate, not knowing God, having no sense of His infinite glory, and there being practically nothing in present-day preaching to instruct them therein, it follows that all their fancied reverence for and devotion to God takes its rise from merely selfish consideration, nothing but self-love lying at the bottom of the modern "Christianity."
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Introduction by William C. Nichols
A.W. Pink (1886-1952) served as a pastor for churches in Colorado, California, Kentucky, and South Carolina. His ministry brought him throughout the United States, Australia, and Great Britain.