What Happened to Repentance?

Repentance means to turn your back against sin. That does not mean to pick your old habits back up. This is not being clearly defined by many pastors, thus creating a cheap grace that says Jesus died so we can do whatever we want. That is a slap in the face to the One who loved us so much to give His life.

I found this on Facebook, and it gives an accurate definition of what “fake repentance” is. It is not real repentance at all. If this is you, God can bring true sorrow to your heart over sin. Don’t fake it and “turn over a new leaf”. Let God change you from the inside out.

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8 thoughts on “What Happened to Repentance?

  1. Yes, amen! One thing that marks our faith us is how we value those who were hurt, or victimized, or the least of these. In the modern West we tend to take that mindset for granted because we’re so used to it, but it is profoundly unusual. What is somewhat “normal” or innate to human beings is to blame others for everything. We can even rational-lies murder. So the truth is really important, repentance really matters. We have to not only forgive those who hurt us, we have to repent of our own flaws without trying to justify them.

    It’s a huge issue, because con artists, psychopaths, abusers, are really good at simply playing the church system, exploiting the faith, manipulating others. All six of those things are really good warning signs that something is all wrong.

  2. Recently, I commented in response to a pastor I follow on WordPress that we don’t have the “privilege” of teaching God’s word to others, as he stated — we have the => responsibility <= to do so. He replied: "I wrestled with the word too. Knowing my audience responsibility tends to create crippling guilt while I want to encourage and empower." Although that sounds admirable, you aren't supposed to cater to your audience. God's word is sharper than a two-edged sword for a reason. As Got Questions' website states:
    The sword is both an offensive and defensive weapon used by soldiers or warriors. In this case it is a weapon belonging to the Holy Spirit. Swords were used to protect oneself from harm or to attack the enemy to overcome or kill him. In both cases it was necessary for a soldier to get rigid training on the proper use of the sword to get maximum protection. All Christian soldiers need the same rigid training to know how to properly handle the Sword of the Spirit, “which is the word of God.” The sword that Paul refers to here is the Holy Scriptures. We know from 2 Timothy 3:16–17 that the word of God is from the Holy Spirit and written by men. Since every Christian is on the spiritual battle with the satanic and evil forces of this world, we need to know how to handle the Word properly. Only then will it be an effective defense against evil, but it will also be an offensive weapon we use to “demolish strongholds” of error and falsehood (2 Corinthians 10:4–5).
    I feel like grace pastors are promoting error and falsehood in order to gain and keep an audience. That's why I listen to Darrell Scott, T.D. Jakes, Noel Jones, and John Jenkins. They're all tell-it-like-it-is preachers who admit their own failings, which is probably more important than any other characteristic of a pastor.

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