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Repent: To feel regret about a sin or past actions and change your ways or habits.
Many carry the regret of sin or past actions to the Lord our God, but very few want to change their ways or habits.
Many want the forgiveness of the wickedness of their heart's actions, but only to have the burden of the sin lifted, not to have their heart changed from committing the sin again and again.
Why do so many of us want to continue a sinful lifestyle, yet be forgiven in doing so? Because of our wicket nature: [Jer 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?]
When was the last time you heard your preacher preach on repentance?
We live in such a time as this: [2Ti 4:1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 2Ti 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 2Ti 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 2Ti 4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.]
He is told to:
Reprove: to scold or correct usually gently or with kindly intent, to express disapproval of: CENSURE:
express severe disapproval of (someone or something), typically in a formal statement.
Rebuke: express sharp disapproval or criticism of (someone) because of their behavior or actions.
Exhort: to give warnings or advice: make urgent appeals.
Oh forgive me, I forgot in the day and age in which we live we can ignore the scriptures not written in red.
Many are obsessed with the words written in red; In other words they can’t trust what Matthew, Mark, Luke and John had to say and God forbid we trust anything Peter, James, Paul, Jude had to say.
We can only trust what Jesus had to say, those words written in red ink.
I got news for you, even though Jesus wrote the whole Bible with his Holy Spirit he himself never put pen to paper: [2Pe 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 2Pe 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.]
But since so many of you want to know only what Jesus had to say, let’s see what his first and foremost message was: [Mat 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand]
We read also in: [Mar 1:15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.]
In: Luk 13:2 And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? Luk 13:3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Luk 13:4 Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? Luk 13:5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
And even though many do not teach or preach from this book of the Bible, Jesus had some things written in red to say there as well: [Rev 2:5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.]
In: [Rev 2:16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.]
In: [Rev 2:21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. Rev 2:22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.]
And last: [Rev 3:2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. Rev 3:3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.]
And at last: [Rev 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.]
God forbid we repent, to feel regret about a sin or past actions and change your ways or habits in this day and age in which we live.
But no many of God’s children want to believe we are all still sinners saved by grace; so let’s not judge each other, lets accept each other as we are, a drunker is just as saved as anyone, a fornicator is just as saved as anyone, an adultery is just as saved as anyone, a lesbian is saved as anyone, a homosexual is just as saved as anyone, a transgender is just as saved as anyone, a liar is just as saved as anyone, a thief just as saved as anyone, a hater is just as saved as anyone, a pedophile is just as saved as anyone, those who practice bestiality are just as saved as anyone, prostitutes are just as saved as anyone the list can go on and on.
What are we implying when we say I am a sinner saved by grace? Are we not proclaiming I am still practicing a sinful life style, but because I believe in a loving Jesus I will be saved?
You might not have agreed with some of the list, but if you allow just one of them to be accepted then you must in all honesty accept them all as born again believers if they believe in Jesus as well as you do; or you truly are a hypocrite.
No Body of Christ, except ye repent you will all perish in your sins.
You will die in your sins.
Ten times our Lord; Jesus the Son of God, tells us to repent. He is the same God that tells us in: [2Ch 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.] Even though it is not written in red and no one lives according to the Old Testament anymore.
All my life I have heard this statement and I am sure you have as well, ‘why would I want to go to a church full of hypocrites, who are just as sinful as I am if not more?’
Sad to say there is a lot of truth in that statement in the vast majority of the body of Christ.
I can sin because the grace of Jesus Christ gives me a license to do so, but you poor sinner will be dammed to hell and the lake of fire because you refuse to believe in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Does grace give us a license to sin> [Rom 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? Rom 6:2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?]
Forgive me, that scripture is not written in red ink, Jesus did not say it so it must not be gospel. No Jesus only said things like this: [Rev 2:14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. Rev 2:15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. Rev 2:16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.]
If grace covers all our sinful lifestyles even after our salvation why would Jesus have anything against anybody?
Tolerance will be the death of the body of Christ, if we are to be tolerant with homosexuals, lesbians, Trans gender’s, let’s be tolerant to them all, such as murders, pedophiles, pederasty (Men having sex with boys), bestiality (people have sex with animals), Jocasta complex (mothers have sex with her son).
If simply believing and accepting Jesus as your Lord and Saviour without repentance is all that is required to obtain ones salvation, Jesus wasted a lot of red ink on preaching and teaching repentance.
No this is not written in red ink but you will be judge according to it on the day of judgment: [Rom 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? Rom 6:2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Rom 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Rom 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. Rom 6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Rom 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. Rom 6:7 For he that is dead is freed from sin. Rom 6:8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Rom 6:9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. Rom 6:10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Rom 6:11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Rom 6:12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Rom 6:13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. Rom 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. Rom 6:15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Rom 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
Rom 6:17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Rom 6:18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. Rom 6:19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. Rom 6:20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. Rom 6:21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. Rom 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.]
This is where I believe many give in to accepting unconditional grace after salvation, we all fall now and then into sin; yet as a Christian we cannot continue to practice our old sinful ways, we must repent: [1Jn 1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 1Jn 1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
1Jn 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 1Jn 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 1Jn 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1Jn 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.]
Yes as a Christian we do fall short of the glory of God and that is where repentance and grace comes in. So many in the body of Christ are under convection of un-repented sin in their lives that they have begun to believe in unconditional grace before and after salvation, which is not scriptural in black and white letters as well those written in red ink.
Turn your convections into repentance, be set free of the bondage of sin in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. [Gal 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.]
Repent body of Christ repent: [Act 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; Act 3:20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:]