In a world that will not tolerate the mention of sin, and in churches where it has been defined only in generic, sociological terms, one could make a good case that “repentance” is one of the least used words in the English language today.
Repentance is essential to true Christianity—Jesus Christ himself said that if we do not repent, we will perish—and there are few better guides that have existed in this or any other area of spiritual experience than Thomas Watson. He was well-versed in both scripture and the human heart, and wrote with a simplicity and directness that keeps his work fresh and powerful for the twenty-first century.
Originally published in 1668
Thomas Watson (c.1620–1686) was an English Nonconformist Puritan preacher and author. Watson was imprisoned in 1651 for his involvement in a plot to recall King Charles II. After his release in 1652, he became a famous preacher until the Restoration in 1660, at which point he was ejected for nonconformity.
“Watson makes clear what repentance really is: ‘True leaving of sin is when the acts of sin cease from the infusion of a principle of grace, as the air ceases to be dark from the infusion of light.’ Watson writes in a clear, practical, and yet penetrating manner.”
Mike Leake, author of Torn to Heal