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IS REPENTANCE NECESSARY ?
is a movement today along with a web sight that is titled, "Repentance
Blacklist" where they list names of prominent Pastors and Preachers
whose message declares that a person has to repent of their sins in
order to go to heaven. The movement was started by a popular
preacher with a rather large following
who believe that repentance is not necessary in order to be saved and
to go to heaven. They go even farther by stating that Repentance is
equal to works for salvation. I don't see how these people could
possibly know the Lord in the free pardon of sin and have the
indwelling of the Holy Spirit to lead them into spiritual truth while
making a declaration about repentance being equal to works for
Jesus said in Luke 13:3- "I tell
you, nay; but except ye
repent, ye shall all likewise perish".
REPENTANCE IS IN GOD'S PLAN OF SALVATION.
The doctrine of Soteriology, (Salvation) demands
A Greek word study from Luke 13:3 proves it.
(1)- Nay is the Greek word NAY-OO-KHEE - by no means not at all.
(2)- Except is the Greek word EH-AN'-MAY-
if not, unless.
(3)- Repent is the Greek word MET-AN-O-EH'-TO
- to heartily abhor one's past sins.
(4)- Shall is the Greek word AP-OL'-LOO-MEE
- to declare that one must be put to death; metaphor: to devote to or
give over to eternal misery in hell.
(5)- All is the Greek word PAS
- everyone individually.
(6)- Likewise is the Greek word LO-SOW'-TOCE
- after the same manner.
(7)- Perish is the Greek word AP-OI'-LOO-MER
- the same word used for (shall)- Eternal misery in hell.
verse is literally saying: By no means at all unless one heartily
abhors past sins, a declaration of death and eternal misery in hell is
for everyone individually.
If you abhor your sins, you have a repentant heart! If you don't abhor
your sins you are on a collision course with hell!
2- JESUS MINISTRY CALLED SINNERS TO
Luke 5:32- "I
came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance".
The word sinners in
this verse is the Greek word ham-ar-to-los'
- all wicked men.
The word Repentance is the Greek word met-an'-oy-ah - one who changes
his mind of a purpose he has formed.
Before I was saved, my purpose in life was to glorify the flesh but
when those two Baptist preachers came over to the back side of a field
where I was clearing some land and simply invited me to church, I
accepted the offer and sat under the preaching of God's word as the
Holy Spirit brought conviction to my sinful heart. At home I repented
my sin and ask the Lord to be merciful to me a sinner and to save me
for Jesus sake. Then back in church at the invitation, I went forward
and confessed my belief in Christ as the only hope of eternal life
before the congregation and as a testimony of that
new found repentance and faith in Christ as Lord, I was baptized. That
was 35 years ago and it is still good today! My purpose in life has
been changed since that conversion experience to serving the Lord. That
is what repentance is all about! Getting the old sinful nature changed
to a Spirit led nature.
2 Corinthians 5:17 verifies that. "Therefore
if any man be in Christ he is a new creature, old things are passed
away, behold all things are become new".
Salvation is a process
of events even though they may be only seconds apart.
(1)- It takes the word of God. 1 Corinthians 1:21-
"It pleased God by the
foolishness of preaching to save them that believe".
(2)- It takes Holy Spirit conviction.
Jesus speaking of the Holy Spirit said in,
John 16:8- "And
when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin,"
The greek word for
reprove is el-eng'-kho which means Convict.
(3)- It takes Repentance. Acts
Repent ye therefore,
and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out".
The Greek word for
converted is ep-ee-stref'-o which means to turn to with implication
of turning to God from sin.
(4)- It takes Believing faith.
"That if thou shalt
confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart
that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
The Greek word for
believe is pis-yoo'-o which
means to commit one's trust to.
(5)- It takes asking for it. Romans 10:17-
"For whosoever shall
call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved".
The Greek word for call
upon is ep-ee-kal-eh'-om-ahee which means to appeal unto.
These Repentance "Black List" people might as well add me to their list
because God never lied and his word is very plain about having a
repentant heart as a prerequisite to salvation. If Repentance was works
as they imply, so is Believing and asking for God's mercy and Grace!
Preachers please wake up before it is too late and get your heart right
with the Lord. You are sending people to hell with your false gospel
and if you really believe what you are telling people, you are hell
REPENTANCE IS ALL INCLUSIVE.
(1)- God ordained it.
2 Peter 3:9- "The Lord is not
willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance".
Angels rejoice over it.
15:7- "I say unto you, that
likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more
than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance".
I couldn't believe my eyes when I
came across the web sight condemning us brethren who proclaim that God
expects sinners to repent of their sins in order to go to heaven. The
easy-believism movement has just about destroyed the old time movement
where preachers like Jonathan Edwards preached his sermon, "Sinners in
the hands of an angry God" and the entire town came to their knees with
repentant hearts while closing down houses of ill repute and closing
the liquor parlors all over town. Husbands made new commitments to be
faithful to their wives and wives vowed to be in subjection to
husbands. Children made vows to honor father and mother and homes were
transformed into what God wanted them to be. When the easy-believism
started the numbers game and no longer preached repentance is necessary
for salvation, our country lost some hard earned ground that was
established by hard preaching men of God!
Unless we have a major turning back to preaching God's word as it is to
sinners as they are, we have had it!
James Tyson Sr.