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The Bible Never Said That

with Chara Donahue

Episode 1: “I Know God Forgives Me, I Just Can’t Forgive Myself”

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When we say “I can’t forgive myself” we are putting ourselves in charge of our own forgiveness. This teeters dangerously close to a different gospel, one of self-salvation.

This particular lie tries to wear shame as a covering, but we know it for what it truly is: pride. We are essentially saying we know better than God when it comes to who is worthy or unworthy of forgiveness.

Verses quoted: Revelation 19:11, Isaiah 55:8-9, John 3:16-18, Psalm 139:1-8, Psalm 77: 5, 1 John 1:9, Psalm 51

Books quoted: Curt Thompson’s The Soul of Shame, Eugene Peterson’s A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, A.W. Tozer’s The Knowledge of the Holy

Articles referenced: 10 Popular Statements That Are Theologically Unsound, 7 Sure Steps of True Repentance (With Help from Psalm 51)

Chara Donahue is a co-author of the Bible study 1, 2, & 3 John: Experiencing Transformation and is working on her next book. She is the founder and editor of Anchored Voices. Get in touch with her on Facebook or Twitter.

Episode Image Credit: Getty/Overearth
April 07, 2020
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Chara Donahue is a co-author of the Bible study 1, 2 & 3 John: Experiencing Transformation and is working on her next book. She is an adjunct professor at her local university, holds an MSEd, and is passionate about seeing people set free through God's truths. She is the founder and editor of Anchored Voices, and host of the podcast The Bible Never Said That, which you can listen to on LifeAudio.com. Get in touch with her on Facebook or Twitter.
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