I have been reading the Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning. What I have read so far is pretty good but I wanted to toss out a line that I had a few questions about.
The saved sinner is prostrate in adoration, lost in wonder and praise. He knows repentance is not what we do in order to earn forgiveness; it is what we do because we have been forgiven. It serves as an expression of gratitude rather than an effort to earn forgiveness. Thus the sequence of forgiveness and then repentance, rather than repentance and then forgiveness, is crucial for understanding the gospel of grace.” – p.75
I appreciate his sentiment that we don’t earn our salvation but I don’t think repentance is a work designed to earn anything. It is a response to God’s gracious acts on our behalf and forgiveness follows. Why else would Peter write, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
What do you think? Does Mr. Manning have a point and I am just missing it?