Repentance is granted by God to the sinner to turn from sin to Christ.¬†¬†It is not a bargaining chip whereby I will give up this or that to be saved,¬†¬†As the song writer said it Just as I am without one plea but that Thy blood was shed for me.¬†¬†¬†If we have to clean up our lives to be saved, we are all doomed.¬†¬†¬†Transformation in character is a result of the new birth not the reason for it.¬†¬†
There are more Scriptures I could use but two will do the job.¬†¬†¬†In discussion the conversion of Cornelius and those in his house, note what they said about those who were saved in Acts 11
Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God?
When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.
Please note repentance is considered to be a defining part of¬†¬†their salvation
In II Peter 3:9 note how the unregenerate are contrasted to the regenerate
not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
Perishing describes the lost, repentant describes the saved.¬†¬†
No matter what we say or think God Himself says repentance is part of salvation.
Now to be clear, the Bible in II Timothy 2:25¬†¬†and elsewhere clearly teaches that repentance is something granted to individuals by God not something that comes from fallen human nature.¬†¬†If God does not grant repentance then it will not be found.¬†¬†So, we are definitely talking about salvation by grace and solely proceeding from the in wrought work of God not the outworking of man without Divine intervention.
Repentance is never defined as stopping sin.¬†¬†How oft shall I forgive my brother, every time he REPENTS and asks for forgiveness.¬†¬†Not sinning is our goal, (I John 2:1) and as the Lord‚Äôs people we should desire that we would not see root nor fruit of sin in our lives.¬†¬†We want it by the grace of God, through the power of the Spirit to be put to death. (Mortified).¬†¬†¬†Repentance is also not defined as fleeing sin, if we would flee sin then we would avoid it, pass not by and not partake, and thus have no need to repent of it.
Come back to our Savior‚Äôs words about the men of Nineveh in Matthew 12 and note He said that they repented at the preaching of Jonah.¬†¬†Well, what exactly did they do? (Jonah. 3:8-10). They turned from their evil way, our Lord called that repentance.
Look at Pau‚Äôs testimony of his conversion and commission in Acts 26
God said he was sent to the Gentiles to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light,¬†¬†how did Paul interpret that command?¬†¬†He preached (v20) that they should repent and turn to God and do works meet for repentance¬†¬†¬†Was he preaching a works salvation?
What evidence is offered in in Revelation 9:20, 21 and 16:11 that men had not repented?¬†¬†It was because they continued in their sins.¬†¬†
In Ezekiel 14&18 we find the words. Repent and turn from (idols, abominations, transgressions). Turn and live What words did Paul say to the people of Lycaonia (Acts 14), turn from these vanities unto the living God.¬†¬†¬†
Paul commended the Thessalonians because their salvation was seen in that they turned from idols to serve the living God.
The Lord Jesus said to a group of Galileans two times
Except ye repent you will likewise perish
First we will establish that those commanded to repent were the people to whom He was speaking.¬†¬†¬†Except YE repent.¬†¬†In the Greek this phrase is in the active voice which means the subject IS the doer of the action.¬†¬†¬†
Now from what did they need to repent.¬†¬†Again context is important. In both cases he stated that those upon whom the previous judgments had fallen were sinners.¬†¬†He was obviously correcting their misconception that their sin wasn‚Äôt as bad as those whom the Lord mentioned.¬†¬†Repentance thus was from sin.¬†¬†No other explanation makes any sense.
Christ came to call sinners to repentance (Luke 5) not to just inform them about it, there is definitely an expectation of a response. Go to Acts 2 and find those whom God‚Äôs Word who were pricked in their heart said what must shall we do?¬†¬†¬†Peter‚Äôs first response was Repent¬†¬†¬†If repentance is not part of salvation then the Apostles got it wrong and Luke was incorrect to say 3000 were saved.¬†¬†¬†
Go to Acts 3 and in the midst of Peter‚Äôs salvation sermon we find the words Repent and be converted. Again showing repentance to be an integral part of salvation.
A democracy is essentially mob rule. The majority dictates the law of the land. We were not founded as a democracy but as Ben Franklin stated a ‚ÄúRepublic‚ÄĚ, governed not by the will of the masses but by the rule of law as expressed in our Constitution
So are you saying churches concerned about paying their bills are just being greedy? Or that JMac‚Äôs only desire for church meetings is just monetary? Not accusing just asking for clarification please
No one is disagreeing with you Watcher about the truth or the importance of the gospel. We are saying that Christians standing up and pointing out wickedness that needs to be stopped is just as Scriptural a duty and you have not shown that to be unBiblical. Any problems you and John UK have with social media can be said of the internet in general yet here you are. We appreciate your reminder that ultimately what solves issues is redemption and we put no faith in politics. That doesn‚Äôt mean we don‚Äôt use means given us by God to do good to all men by resisting evil Thanks for your thoughts
So who is supposed to speak against the indoctrination of children with the sodomite agenda? The teachers aren‚Äôt supposed to say anything? The parents are supposed to be silent? Christians are not to speak against wickedness? What exactly are you saying? What does it mean have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness but rather reprove them?
Sorry John you must be privy to far more than what is stated in this article for your statement to even make sense
So what are you saying John? In order to speak against evil you have to ge perfect? Some of the most accurate assessments of who the Lord was were made by demons. Who they were did not make their statements inaccurate. If a godless Fireman tells you not to go into the burning building because you‚Äôll be killed do you criticize him for saying so because he‚Äôs not redeemed?
The Bible says be angry and sin not. If God‚Äôs angry at sin, shouldn‚Äôt we be as His followers?
Wow into them call evil good and good evil. Was she wrong to criticize the curriculum or not?
Please read the first sentence of the article. This is not about preaching the gospel (she would have been criticized as a woman preacher had it been). It was about criticizing the teaching of godless propaganda to young children
John I will let you contemplate Romans 1::18 and the fact the Lord looked on the room of religious crowd in anger (Nark 3:5) to see if all anger is wrong
Agree with MS. that her career choice is questionable but her stand against evil should be praised not put down
Watcher has no clue whether or not this teacher shared the gospel. Christians are stands as lights in the midst of a crooked and perverse world. Not hide our light under a bushel You don‚Äôt know the Scripture if you think God did not address social injustices
Yup in the John UK and Watcher world John the Baptist should have kept his mouth shut. It landed him in jail and eventually cost him his life. It stopped a thriving ministry in the wilderness. That‚Äôs the Biblical model don‚Äôt say anything about evil practices because it might have negative consequences.
Only Congress can defund PP. Appropriation bills must originate in the House. The President has no power to defund. Pp
Furthermore it is an nieve comment to say that Trump and Biden are the same Having the Lord Jesus as our king and living for things above does mean that what happens here is to be ignored or that our actions here are meaningless