I was on My Facebook and someone said this to me:
“not once in the Bible does it say, “Repent of your Sins”, whether it be in the Old Testament, or whether be it in the New Testament….”
What? You must either not read the Bible, not read the Bible well, or are lying about the Bible.
“Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are you ways my ways, saith the Lord” (Isa. 55:7-8).
“He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy” (Prov. 28:13).
“Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressins, so iniquity shall not be your ruin. Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die” (Eze. 18:30-31).
“Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.” Acts 8:22
“And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.” 2 Cor. 12:21
“And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.” Rev. 16:11
“And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:” Rev. 9:21
I was on My Facebook and had a “pastor” tell me that a believer could commit adultery and murder and die in your sins without repenting of them and still go to heaven! Oh boy! No wonder the churches are so ungodly! Consider what they are hearing from the pulpit!
But this same pastor accuses holiness preachers of being self-righteous and of trusting in their works instead of in Christ. He said that holiness preachers like myself are going to hell!
So according to Antinomians like this pastor, you can live and die as a murderer and as an adulterer and go to heaven. But if you are a holiness preacher and live a holy life because you love Jesus and have faith in Him, you are a self-righteous Pharisee and are going to hell! Wow! They think that the man living holy is not really trusting in Christ but the man who is sinning is! How backwards!
The fact is, the Bible condemns those who have a lifestyle of sin. Sinning every day in word, thought, and deed is a “lifestyle” of sin. You can’t have more of a “lifestyle” of sin than sinning every day. And there are many today who are think that they are saved because they “believe” in Jesus and claim to be covered by “the imputed righteousness of Christ” while they continue in a lifestyle of sinning. They will say things like, “It is not about what I do, it is about what Christ has done.” They think that the atonement of Jesus Christ has given them a license to sin! They have a false peace as there is no peace for the wicked. Those who claim to know God but break His commandments are liars because sin separates you from Him. What many in the church today need to do is “repent” of their sins and then they will have true peace with God and will be truly saved. There is gracious and merciful forgiveness in Jesus Christ for all those who forsake their sinful carnality or selfishness which is enmity with God. But those who remain in their sins, no matter what doctrines they invent to make themselves feel comfortable, are abiding under the wrath of God.
For a Saint to say, “I’m still a sinner” is for him to deny the power of the gospel – to undermine the work of Christ! Christians are new creatures in Christ! The old has past and the new has come
To say, “I can’t help but to sin” again denies the work of Jesus Christ. Whom the Son sets free is free indeed! He never allows us to be tempted above that which we are able!
The problem is that there is a sin-friendly gospel out there which makes people comfortable in their impenitence. It doesn’t call sinners to repent of their sins but says only believe while you continue to sin and you are saved.”