SERMON BY CHARLES FINNEY
TEXT.--For godly sorrow worketh repentance into[unto] salvation, not to be repented of; but the sorrow of the world worketh death.--2 CORINTHIANS vii. 10.
IN this chapter the apostle refers to another epistle, which he had formerly written to the church at Corinth, on a certain subject, in which they were greatly to blame. He speaks here of the effect that it had, in bringing them to true repentance. They sorrowed after a godly sort. This was the evidence that their repentance was genuine.
"For behold this self-same thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter."
In the verse which I have taken for my text, he speaks of two kinds of sorrow for sin, one working repentance unto salvation, the other working death. He alludes to what is generally understood by two kinds of repentance. And this is the subject of discourse to-night.
TRUE AND FALSE REPENTANCE.
In discoursing on the subject, I design to show
I. What true repentance is:
II. How it may be known:
III. What is false and spurious repentance:
IV. How it may be known: