Don't Make A Big Deal Out Of Repentance For Salvation

John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

I have been receiving increasing emails from people who are worrying over repentance. Dear reader, the Bible does not make even a small issue of repentance, and neither should we. In the Gospel of John we find the word "believe" mentioned 88 times, but the word "repent" is never mentioned. That speaks volumes! It simply means that repentance is automatic and is included with believing. The person who believes has repented and the person who repents has believed. 

All these repentance preachers today who focus on turning away from your sinful behavior to be saved wrestle obscure passage of Scripture to support their heresy. For example: Read this shocking article I wrote exposing Evangelist Ray Comfort's heretical preaching. According to Ray you must live a lifestyle of repentance to get to Heaven. Folks, that is the Devil talking through Ray Comfort, not the Holy Spirit of God. Biblical repentance is simply a change of mind toward God that causes you to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.

I am continually surprised how many people needlessly worry over this stuff. The reason is because of all the big issue being made today over repentance. Friend, if you know you are a guilty sinner and put your faith in Christ alone to forgive your sins, you are saved! You have repented. How do I know you have repented? I know because you have believed. It is impossible for anyone to believe without repenting.

Repentance and belief happen at the same time. It will cause you sleepless nights if you view repentance as being something different that you must do from believing to be saved. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” All the Bible tells us to do is BELIEVE. I am tired of preachers using obscure passages of Scriptures like Mark 1:15, Luke 13:5 and Acts 20:21 to make repentance a separate act from faith.

Dear friend, the purpose of repentance is so that you will come to the light to be saved. Repentance is a change of mind toward the truth (2nd Timothy 2:25), the admission before a holy God that you are a guilty sinner (Romans 3:19-20). The law of God shows us our sinnership and then brings us to Christ to be saved by God's grace alone (Galatians 3:24-26).

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