“The Truth About Forgiveness” by John MacArthur
In “The Truth About Forgiveness” (ISBN 9781400204151, 2012) John MacArthur emphasizes that the American society has adopted the disease model in order to escape the blame. Considering the latter, all deviant acts are mental disorders.
“Disease-model therapy therefore feeds the very problem it is supposed to treat. It alleviates any sense of guilt, while making people feel they are victims, helplessly bound for life to their affliction.”
Since we prefer not to accept guilt, we don’t feel the need to be forgiven. As such, we don’t feel guilt for our sins, repentance and the need to be forgiven. This sort of hits too close to home with all the mental disorders I’ve been diagnosed with.
“Forgiveness was also one of Jesus’ favorite subjects to preach about. It was one of the key themes in His Sermon on the Mount. It was a focus of the Lord’s Prayer and the subject He expounded on at the end of that prayer (Matthew 6:14–15).”
The book repeats the same idea over and over. God’s the only one who can forgive our sins as long as we truly repent.