Legal Repentance and Evangelical Repentance

Feb 12, 2015
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If you look up repentance in a Webster’s 1828 Dictionary (the fifth “standard work”):

2. In theology, the pain, regret or affliction which a person feels on account of his past conduct, because it exposes him to punishment. This sorrow proceeding merely from the fear of punishment, is called legal repentance, as being excited by the terrors of legal penalties, and it may exist without an amendment of life.

3. Real penitence; sorrow or deep contrition for sin, as an offense and dishonor to God, a violation of his holy law, and the basest ingratitude towards a Being of infinite benevolence. This is called evangelical repentance, and is accompanied and followed by amendment of life.

Repentance is a change of mind, or a conversion from sin to God.

Let’s define evangelical:

1. According to the gospel; consonant to the doctrines and precepts of the gospel, published by Christ and his apostles; as evangelical righteousness, obedience or piety.

Seriously, I don’t know how any Latter-day Saint gets by without the Webster’s 1828 Dictionary. It’s rare that I ever open the scriptures and not refer to it at least once.

Here’s the online version I’ll use when on my laptop:

And here’s the app I use on my iPhone:

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Richard J. Nobbe III
Richard J. Nobbe III
5 years ago

It’s a great resource and personal discovery, for which I have you to thank!

Is there ever a time in the scriptures when “legal repentance” is implied? I would imagine that every mention of the word “repentance” implies “evangelical repetance.”

Richard J. Nobbe III
Richard J. Nobbe III
5 years ago

And btw, the Symphonies of Gustav Mahler are the fifth “standard work.”

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