Repentance is Still Necessary
Elder Derrick Noble Phelps
Superintendent, Christian Education
Emmanuel Grace Apostolic Church
Repentance is Still Necessary
One of the most carefully preserved ordinances of our faith is deeply rooted in the principles of repentance. Today, the principle of repentance is used in a general association relating to salvation more than repentance being used in a specific association for salvation. It is used rather loosely, but when it comes to real salvation, it is absolutely required as a way to obtain salvation.
According to Bible.org.com., repentance is described as “a literal turning away from or a literal turning away toward or back from.” From this explanation of repentance, one must take on a dual mission. A person not only turns away from his sins, but a person also turns toward God. To simply cease from our sins therefore is not the whole duty of mankind. Mankind’s mission also rests upon his deeds to turn toward God. Salvation is incomplete if any portion of this duty is neglected.
2Chronicles 7:14 states, “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 the land” (KJV). According to this statement made by God as He spoke to Solomon, several steps have to take place in the repentance process. God must know your name and you must know God’s name, (we will discuss this huge importance in the future). In addition, forgiveness will not take place without turning from sin and then combine that with seeking God’s face.
The Word of God gives specific supplication to the Old Testament version spoken to Solomon by God when Jesus speaks to His disciples in Mark 1:15, stating, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.” Exactly what did Jesus mean by making this statement to His disciples? Following after John the Baptist was placed in prison, it is simply that God recognizes the time we repent, and that God recognizes that the condition of real repentance is followed by our intentions to believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Why then are not people repenting as a requirement for salvation anymore?
In a religious article written by EscapeReality.org., the author, Paul Ellis 11 states that “a hyper-grace church only preaches positive messages, while key members of their churches are living in sin”. In a recent article written October of 2021, Crosswalk.com reports “that the doctrine of repentance is the missing note in many otherwise fundamentally sound circles today. Since 1937, the trend to move away from the doctrine of repentance has grown, even in a season when it should be done so the more. Ellis also goes on to say that true repentance promotes the grace of God.
The Apostle Paul wrote a letter to the Corinthian Church letting them know that repentance is a condition of purity, and it is not on the same level as the world’s view concerning repentance. Worldly repentance usually will last for a season, and then the person will revert back to his own ways until he made need to do it again, often times over the same thing that got you in trouble. Real repentance is not temporary nor seasonal. 2 Corinthians 7: 10 states, “For Godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrows of the world worketh death”. (KJV)
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