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In the first chapter of Isaiah, we find all the necessary foundation stones for a true and robust evangelicalism. The Lord has called a people to Himself, having brought up children to Himself (Is. 1:2). So they have a formal connection to Him, like good Episcopalians and Presbyterians, but those children have rebelled against Him. The formal worship of God has become corrupt (Is. 1:11-15). This is not just some random thing they did, but rather it came about because they were a “seed of evildoers,” they were “children that are corrupters” (Is. 1:4). They did evil because they were evil. Their generation was all wrong, which meant there must be regeneration. The solution is to be converted. The answer is to have their sins, like scarlet, become as white as snow (Is. 1:18).

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