Review of “Repentance” by John Thornton

This book is being heavily pushed by Victory Baptist Press in Milton, FL.  So I bought it for $3.10 on Kindle.  I gave it a generous 2 stars, but I gave Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion 3 stars…  Here is my review.


We know from what the Devil said to Eve in Genesis 3 and to Christ in Matt 4, that much of what the Devil says is true. Nevertheless, his conclusions and his application of those truths exposes him as the monster that he is.

Now, I believe that John Thornton was a sincere and well meaning saved man. His book has parts that are not only good, they are excellent. The book contains many great illustrations and the hard and fearless preaching and teaching in the beginning of the book is great.

However, when he really gets down to what Repentance is, he completely blows it and ends up preaching LORDSHIP SALVATION which is another name for works based salvation.

“Our Lord speaks of cutting off a right hand and plucking out a right eye to denote the necessity of a total separation from every beloved sin.”

“Where sincere repentance takes place , there will be no allowance of iniquity.”

“A true penitent will forsake his sin.”

That is works based salvation. He admits that repentance is necessary for salvation but to define Repentance as “to turn from your sin.” Then you have made a grave error and you have sinned yourself. You have charged God with sin, because in the Bible, GOD REPENTS.

And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. Gen 6:7

How does this verse never come up in a study on repentance? This is wrong and deceptive. And suppose that we ignore this verse and pretend that the author’s definition is correct. Then was Paul really a lost man when he disobeyed God and went to Jerusalem? Was Peter lost when he put himself under the OT laws again in Gal 2? Why doesn’t Paul say that the man who was committing adultery with his stepmom was actually never “truly penitent”?

Folks, turning from sin is defined as a work in Jonah 3:10:
And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did [it] not. Jon 3:10

Sadly, this author has changed the definition of repentance from “change your mind” and when applied to salvation “to agree with God about your condition”. These two definitions will fit any text of scripture. His definition of “to turn from sin” won’t fit because it makes God out to be a sinner and teaches that works are necessary for salvation.

Finally, I am reminded of the attitude of the papists when I read the quotes by the Fundy church “fathers” (better called babies) at the end of the book. When the Bible says one thing and Fundy church babies say something else, then the fundy church babies can go stick their heads in a bucket twice and pull them out once.  Who cares what they said, “what saith the Scriptures?”

Please preach repentance, BUT DEFINE IT CORRECTLY FIRST.


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