Monday, July 20, 2009

John Chrysostom: Scriptures Remove All Doubt that Confession to God is Sufficient

I mean, if your enemy reproaches you for a sin which your conscience acknowledges, and you sigh bitterly and beseech God, you have immediately set all sin aside. Surely there is nothing more blessed than that? what easier way is there for achieving freedom from sins? In case, however, you think we are simply leading you on, I shall provide testimony on this from the divine Scriptures for you to be no longer in any doubt.

- John Chrysostom (around A.D. 347 to around A.D. 407), Homilies on David and Saul, Homily 3, in St. John Chrysostom, Old Testament Homilies, Volume 1, pp. 46-47 (2003), Robert C. Hill translator.