Does the Bible Teach to “Repent of your Sins?”

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….”

I said:

What? You must either not read the Bible, not read the Bible well, or are lying about the Bible.

OLD TESTAMENT:

“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).

NEW TESTAMENT:

“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.”

SEE ALSO:

Do Men Need to Repent of Sin or Just of Unbelief and Self-Righteousness? Are All Good Works Filthy Rags? Antinomianism Refuted by Jesse Morrell

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3 Responses to Does the Bible Teach to “Repent of your Sins?”

  1. One can read the Bible and quote verses, yet come away knowing nothing of eternal value. What are you talking about here? What does the word repent mean? Can one stop sinning before being saved? How so, if he doesn’t even seek God in his natural state (Psalms 14, Romans 3:10-18). How can man stop sinning? Please explain the how-to of it. Put it in a 3-sttttep program or whaverver. Help the sinner know how to accomplish that which you command him to do. If you just tell a sinner he must stop sinning but do not tell him how, then how exactly have you helped him? Answer” you have not. At besst, you have left him frustrated without a solution, but more likelye, you have left his dead spirit soaking helplessly in the pool of eternal death without a Saviour.

    Seriously. please think about this. I have. Search the scriptures. I have. Please tell the reader so he may know and thereby accomplish your commanded act to “stop sinning.” The fact is, he cannot accomplish this on his own. He must be [first] born again. John 3 tells us this, and John 8:44.

    A sinner FIRST must be born again. Why? Because he needs the power of the Holy Spirit in order to stop sinning. The truth is that he need not stop sinning to be saved — if he stops sinning (which is impossible) he would not need a Saviour. He cannot stop sinning. He needs a Saviour to resurrect his DEAD SPIRIT to bring it to [eternal] life. No one can stop sinning without first being born again. Is this making sense? Is it getting through to anyone?

    A sinner is DEAD In his trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2). A dead man can do NOTHING. He cannot raise his hand. He cannot say a “Sinners Prayer.” And he surely cannot stop sinning. Why would he, even if he could, when he doesn’t seek righteousness? There is no requirement to stop sinning in order to be saved, because that is putting the cart before the horse. There is only the requirement to believe that Jesus Christ’s has already done what is impossible for man to do, live a perfect, sinless life, and sacrifice it for the atonement of the sins of mankind. To repent means to change your mind. God repented. But he never sinned. This should be proof enough. The Bible talks about repentance but people don’t read carefully and are not led by the Holy Spirit to understand what it is they are reading. So, they are left confused, or worse, submerged in one false doctrine or another.

    Repentance unto salvation is what is commanded in God’s word. What is that? Changing your mind about God. About yourself. About sin. Realizing that you cannot stop sinning without God’s help and knowing for certain that you need a Saviour in order to be made right with God. That’s what repentance is all about. If one doesn’t understand that, it’s highly possible they will never be saved, but may think they are, and die trying to stop sinning in order to do the impossible — be saved by their own works.

    Salvation is of God. Have you not read this? Salvation is of the Lord. God saves. No man can. No man can stop sinning without first being born again. You MUST be born again, Jesus said (John 3). You MUST be born again to even have your spiritual eyes opened to see the kingdom of God (John 3:3). Why? Because you are dead in your trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2). A dead man cannot stop sinning.

    Turn to God for salvation. This is repentance unto salvation. Acknowledge that ONLY GOD CAN SAVE YOU — You cannot do it on your own. No man is saved by his own will or work (John 1:12-13) but by the will and work of God. Only God saves. Until you understand this, you have no chance at salvation, only a chance to end up thinking you are saved when you are actually not.

    John 3:3-9, John 6:39-40, 44, Mark 10:26-27

    Only God saves. Cast yourself upon the cross. Throw yourself upon the sacrifice of Jesus, who paid the price for your sins. Jesus is the only way. You cannot stop sinning without salvation first. That’s the gospel truth, and that’s why it’s good news — Jesus did it for you when you couldn’t do it.

  2. Pardon the typo. I needed a smarter “smart” phone to keep up with my typing 🙂

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