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Let’s take a closer look at the dishonest manager (Luke 16:1-9). At the beginning of the story, he is stealing from people. At the end of the story, he is no longer stealing from people. He repented--“accidentally.”


Obviously, he didn’t repent because he felt that stealing was wrong; he repented because he knew that it was no longer going to work.


I know what you’re thinking: “That kind of repentance doesn’t count!” He didn’t have any kind of moral awakening; there was no contrition or restitution. His selfishness just changed from one form to another.


Imagine, for a moment, that we were able to get this guy on the phone and run his voice through our PA system. We could point out all the ways that his “repentance” doesn’t count. And then he’d say:

“So my kind of repentance doesn’t count; whatever. Guess what America: your kind of repentance doesn’t work!”


And Georga Barna would say "Amen!"

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