Repentance

Repentance is a much debated issue. I have heard many opinions on repentance and many of them quite odd.

1) Repentance is an Old Testament concept. I really don’t get this one. Repentance shows up in the OT and most of the time it is done by God–repenting over decisions He made. The Law, in fact, seems very inconsistent with repentance. For example, adulterers were to be stoned, repentance aint gonna help ya there. Not to say there wasn’t repentance in the OT, there was, but it is much more common in the NT.

2) Repentance is only for unbelievers. Believers can’t repent because they are already with Christ, therefore what do they repent from? This seems highly inconsistent with how Scripture deals with repentance.

3) Repentance is only for believers. Others say that repentance is impossible apart from the Holy Spirit’s work, therefore, the only people who can truly repent are believers. This also seems inconsistent with scripture.

4) Repentance is only for Jews and their kingdom. Again, it certainly has a part in that, but it is in no way limited to that usage.

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  1. Great topic to bring up. I actually had a pastor (with a seminary degree from Fuller) tell me that repentance is not necessary for salvation, one only needs faith. Repentance is the universal call of the gospel and it applies to everyone at all times. Like faith, repentance is not a once in a lifetime completed act, but a way of life, a mindset that influences our actions and keeps us open to the leading of the Spirit. Through ongoing repentance I allow God to have his way in my life. He convicts me of sin, I acknowledge it, confess it, and release his grace into my life to change me and give me the supernatural strength to overcome my sinful nature and partake in his divine nature. Repentance is the key ingredient to mortifying sin. When Christians fail to repent, the world sees it for what it is…hypocrisy.

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