Introduction and Contents

repentExcept Ye Repent
by Harry Ironside 

  Introduction
1. Repentance: Its Nature and Importance
2. The Book of Repentance
3. John's Baptism of Repentance
4. Christ's Call to Repent
5. The Ministry of Peter
6. The Ministry of Paul
7. Repentance Not to Be Repented of
8. Repentance from Dead Works
9. Repentance in the Apocalypse
10. They Repented Not
11. Does God Ever Repent?
12. Impossible to Renew Unto Repentance
13. Repentance and Forgiveness
14. Hopeless Repentance
15. City-Wide Repentance
16. The Preaching that Produces Repentance
17. But Is Repentance Desirable?

 

Introduction

Fully convinced in my own mind that the doctrine of repentance is the missing note in many otherwise orthodox and fundamentally sound circles today, I have penned this volume out of a full heart. I hope and pray that God will be pleased to use it to awaken many of His servants to the importance of seeking so to present His truth as to bring men to the only place where He can meet them in blessing. That place is the recognition of their own demerit and absolute unworthiness of His least mercies and a new conception of His saving power for all who come to Christ as lost sinners, resting alone upon His redemptive work for salvation, and depending upon the indwelling Holy Spirit to make them victorious over sin's power in daily life.

The pages have been written during a busy summer, as I have gone from place to place trying to preach and teach the very truths herein emphasized. Most of the book was scribbled out in Pullman cars while speeding from one appointment to another. If there seems at times to be lack of continuity of thought, I hope the manifest defects of the treatise may not hinder the reader from getting the message I have endeavored to set forth as clearly as possible, under difficult circumstances.

I have not written for literary critics or for theological quibblers, but for earnest people who desire to know the will of God and to do it. And so I send forth this book, in dependence on Him who has said, "Cast thy bread upon the waters: and thou shalt find it after many days." If He be pleased to use it to arouse some at least to a deeper sense of the importance of reality in dealing with souls, I shall be grateful.
                                              —Harry A. Ironside