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Just came across this quote regarding repentance.

 

“The man whose little sermon is ‘repent’ sets himself against his age, and will for the time being be battered mercilessly by the age whose moral tone he challenges. There is but one end for such a man—‘off with his head!’ You had better not try to preach repentance until you have pledged your head to heaven” (Joseph Parker).

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repent ie. "to the rear ---- march"

 

We have turned everyone unto his own way -- what way? We have sought to establish our own righteouness because there is a way that seemeth right unto a man. Problem - the end thereof. What is that? The ways of death.

 

All our works of righteousness are filthy rags, the Word became flesh and dwelt among us -- Behold, the lamb of God which taketh away the sins of the world.

 

Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish, ye would not come unto me that ye might have life. What will ye do with this one called the Christ?

 

Repentance TOWARD God and faith IN the Lord Jesus for whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved, God be merciful to me, a sinner.

 

 

 

Note: did not take time to look up Scriptures exactly therefore not in quotation marks.

 

 

That's from this hillbilly's dictionary, don't know what's in yawl's high education dictionary.

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Way of Life Encyclopedia

REPENTANCE

 

Repentance is a supernatural work of God whereby a responsive sinner, being convicted by the Holy Spirit of his rebellion, turns to God from his sinful ways and trusts Jesus Christ for salvation.

 

2 Timothy 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;

 

John 16:8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

 

Acts 11:18 When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.

 

Acts 26:20 But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.

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Which is why a lost person must understand they are a sinner and that carries consequences.

 

We like to poke at those ministries with their watered down Gospels, but the sad fact is, some Baptists also present a watered down Gospel when they tell folks "all you have to do is ask Jesus into your heart", "now repeat this little prayer".

 

Whoever presents a watered down Gospel, and those who use the "pray Jesus to come into your heart" prayers, without any repentance involved, are presenting a false gospel that leaves folks with a false sense of security even as it leaves them lost in their sins.

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That is where I don't believe what David Cloud says, LindaR  That is Lordship Salvation.  Salvation is not complicated.  It takes faith believing on the Lord Jesus Christ.  No works are added to salvation.  Man makes it complicated.  Repentence means to change one's mind, thus turning to Jesus Christ for salvation.

You are correct, John.  A little prayer does nothing.

"And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?  And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved and thy house." ~ Acts16:30-31

David Cloud does not teach Lordship Salvation. 

 

 

ERROR NUMBER 2: DEFINING REPENTANCE MERELY AS A CHANGE OF MIND

 

Another man who has widely influenced the doctrine of repentance held by independent Baptists is the late Curtis Hutson, former editor of the Sword of the Lord. His 1986 booklet “Repentance: What Does the Bible Teach?” has been distributed widely and is still used today in many churches. Hutson denied that repentance means to turn from sin (p. 4). He denied that repentance is sorrow for sin (p. 8). He even denied that repentance means “a change of mind that leads to a change of action” (p. 16). He claimed that repentance simply is “to change one’s mind” and that it did not necessarily result in a change of life. In an attempt to build his doctrine of repentance, Curtis Hutson quoted Scripture that appears to support his position but he ignored the Scriptures that plainly refute it. He misquoted the writings of men like his predecessor John R. Rice. He also mixed in a heavy dose of human reasoning.

 

For example, he stated that repentance couldn’t mean to turn from sin because man cannot turn from all sin. That is a smokescreen, because no one has defined repentance as turning from all sin. The historic definition of repentance, as it applies to salvation, is a change of mind toward God and sin that results in a change of life. Repentance is not turning from all sin in the sense of some sort of sinless perfection; it is a change of mind toward sin so that the sinner no longer intends to walk in rebellion against God. The turning is in the mind and heart. It is not a change of life; it is a dramatic change of mind, and that results in a change of life.

 

Dr. Hutson also reasoned that saying that repentance will result in turning from sin is a works salvation. That is nonsense. The Thessalonians turned from the sin of idolatry (1 Thess. 1:9). Obviously, that does not mean they thought that their works had a part in their salvation. It was the product of turning to God. The fact that God requires that we turn from sin does not mean that salvation is by works. We know that the works are the fruit of genuine salvation, not the cause of it. Repentance, defined as turning to God from sin, is not a works salvation, as Dr. Hutson falsely claimed. It is the sinner’s obedient response to the Holy Spirit’s conviction (John 16:8). Dr. Hutson’s entire line of reasoning about repentance was unscriptural and dangerous.

 

Repentance and Lordship Salvation

 

 

Jesus died for our SINS not for our "change of mind".

 

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From what I know of David Cloud you are overworking his statement.
To take what he normally teaches - and what was quoted above - as Lordship Salvation is to go beyond the actual statement.

The statement goes close, but not quite that far, and to read his other material makes it plain that he does not hold to the position you are ascribing to him.

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Repentance from sin certainly is taught in the Word of God.

In the Old Testament:

2 Chronicles 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.

The word "turn" in the above verse is transltated from  the Hebrew word "shuwb" and means repentance.  It can also be found in the book of Ezekiel...

Ezekiel 18:30 Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin.

Notice, in the verse above, the same Hebrew word for "Repent" is also used for the word "turn." 

In the New Testament:
Revelation 2:21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.

Jesus gave Jezebel space to repent of what?  Not believing in God?  NO!  He gave her space to repent of her fornication.

Repentance is more than a change of mind.  It is also a turning from sin.  If one does not turn from sin, God will not hear his prayers.

Psalms 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:
 

Ezekiel 33:14-15 Again, when I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; if he turn from his sin, and do that which is lawful and right; If the wicked restore the pledge, give again that he had robbed, walk in the statutes of life, without committing iniquity; he shall surely live, he shall not die.

Edited by Standing Firm In Christ

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Repentance from sin certainly is taught in the Word of God.

In the Old Testament:

2 Chronicles 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.

The word "turn" in the above verse is transltated from the Hebrew word "shuwb" and means repentance. It can also be found in the book of Ezekiel...

Ezekiel 18:30 Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin.

Notice, in the verse above, the same Hebrew word for "Repent" is also used for the word "turn."

In the New Testament:
Revelation 2:21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.

Jesus gave Jezebel space to repent of what? Not believing in God? NO! He gave her space to repent of her fornication.

Repentance is more than a change of mind. It is also a turning from sin. If one does not turn from sin, God will not hear his prayers.

Psalms 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

Ezekiel 33:14-15 Again, when I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; if he turn from his sin, and do that which is lawful and right; If the wicked restore the pledge, give again that he had robbed, walk in the statutes of life, without committing iniquity; he shall surely live, he shall not die.

I don't think typing in tongues is acceptable here.... :D

edit: did you change something before I quoted it? When I read it there were all sorts of "format text" and bits interspersed with the verse text. Now my joke makes no sense at all.... :( Edited by DaveW

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I don't think typing in tongues is acceptable here.... :D

edit: did you change something before I quoted it? When I read it there were all sorts of "format text" and bits interspersed with the verse text. Now my joke makes no sense at all.... :(

The Hebrew was posted beside each word in the verses of the Old Testament.  The Greek was posted beside the words in the verses of the New. 

I took the Hebrew and Greek out.

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The Hebrew was posted beside each word in the verses of the Old Testament. The Greek was posted beside the words in the verses of the New.

I took the Hebrew and Greek out.


And I wasn't fast enough to catch it.......

It was basically unreadable - which is no doubt why you changed it, but it was funny........ at the time. :D

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Jonah 3:10 And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not. 

 

In light of how everyone weighed in on the meaning of repentance- see in the above verse that God repented of the evil.  How would you define repentance in this instance?

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Yes, God repents........

Contrary to way the World seems to define it, Repentence does not mean to "regret", "be remorseful", or "sorry". It doesn't even mean to confess. God repents but He does none of those things; God has never done anything to regret or be sorry for. When the Bible says that God "repented", it means he turned against something He fully intended to do. For instance, God fully intended to destroy Nineveh. But when they truly repented...that is, turned against their filthy, evil ways and did an "about face", then God repented of the imminent destruction. The Ninevites did that by faith when they believed the preaching, acknowledged their wickedness, humbled themselves, and STOPPED the wickeness. They turned from sin and looked TO God.......

Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not? Jonah 3:9 

 

Just "being sorry" will not get it. It leads to it. But there must be a 'turning' from sin and self to Jesus.

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Repent, in itself, cannot possibly mean to turn from or feel sorry for sin... Unless you are willing to call God a sinner "And God REPENTED of the evil that he said he would do unto them and did it not." Jonah 3:10.

 

Look up the word repentance in the KJV. God repents more than anyone else in the entire bible. Repent simply means to change your mind. If we had to 'turn from' or 'be willing to turn' from our sins to be saved, that would be works salvation. Anyone who teaches lordship salvation, or repent of your sins salvation is an heretic out of hell.

 

Turning from your sins is works.

 

"And God saw their WORKS, that they turned from their evil way." Jonah 3:10

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In it's basic meaning, it is to "turn against"; or "turn away from": it doesn't  have to be sin.

 

God did not regret creating the earth because He already KNEW Adam would sin before He created it. and it does not say "I repent", "God repented" either. Instead, it says "it repenteth me". What "repenteth me"? "That I have made them" The fact that God had made everything had
turned against" Him. Genesis 6:7

God turned against the evil He intended for Israel  Exodus 32:14

God turned against the evil He intended for Nineveh. Jonah 3:10

 

As far as I can recollect, the words "repent" or "repentance", no matter who it involves, always have to do with the heart and the will but never with any physical "work" of any kind. The only times the word "repent" has to do with sin, is when we "turn against" sin. Those people in Nineveh had to "repent" AKA "turn away from" the sin in their hearts before they ever took any action AND, seeing they did so after hearing the preaching of Brother Jonah, it was done in Faith. They believed the Word of God from the Man of God. . Likewise, concerning true salvation, the Holy Spirit deals with three things: sin, righteousness, and judgment. You must realize that you are a lowdown sinner, bound for Hell, and deserve it. Then you simply turn to Jesus from sin.self and destruction. Put as simple as I can explain. The moment you admit "I'm a lowdown, evil, rotten sinner and I deserve Hell and you turn to Jesus as your blessed Hope, you repented and believed on the King of Glory all in one split second. Therein lies repentance. But it doesn't end there: repentance must take place throughout our Christian life, because we still have a sin nature.

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Good explanation Sir.

 

The turning away from sin part however still smacks somewhat of works.

 

Consider repentance to mean a change of heart about sin, righteous and judgement vice a "turning away". Change of heart is stronger than a change of mind. The connotation is that of "resulting in action" but not diliberately starting out that way.

 

I think the most important thing folks miss when debating this subject is that repentance of heart from religion, idols of this world, humanism, materialism (whatever god the lost follow whether knowingly or not) is a triple work of an OBedient believer sharing the Gospel (#1), the Word of God which is spoken (#2) and the conviction of the Spirit (#3). This new birth is the only actual miracle that still occurs in our time and is not easily dissected in our limited imaginations. Give them the Word in OBedience and if they have a fear of God, then The Spirit will convict and regenerate.

 

It seems more and more difficult to find people who retain God in their knowledge so less and less people have a fear of God. Without this basic fear that is present at birth in all humans and "learned" away by the world, then it becomes far more difficult to find people who will openly listen to the Gospel. The fear of the Lord is the "beginning" of wisdom.

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Works will result from true repentance; but repentance can only take place in the heart and only by free will.

 

Maybe this will explain better: repentance can't happen without turning to Jesus in faith.. I've heard some say that you "Take God's side against yourself".

 

See Luke 18:13. You will find, in this verse, a man dealing with sin, righteousness and judgment.

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The word repent means a change of mind, heart, or emotion about something, repentance is not ceasing from sin, penance or paying for sin, reformation, or turning over a new leaf. Repentance is simply a change of our heart and attitude towards something.

 

 

There are 3 things every person must repent or change their mind, heart, and attitude towards in order to be saved.

 

The first is Sin

 

Ezekiel 18:30-31  Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions(Sins); so iniquity(Sin) 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, O house of Israel?

 

Mark 9:43-46  And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:

Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

 

Mark 8:36-37  For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

 

No sin is worth dying and going to hell over. Jesus said it would be better to cut off your hand than to go into hell with both hands! We must be willing to repent of sin in order to be saved, you must be willing to change your attitude towards sin as something that you desire to be saved from

 

The 2nd thing you must repent of is Self

 

Luke 18:10-14  Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

 

Romans 10:3  For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

 

The Pharisee was self righteous and had a higher view of himself, the publican admitted his sinfulness before God, which is why he received forgiveness. Many people today are ignorant of the perfect righteousness of Christ and go about to establish their own works based righteousness through religion, or “try to be good and not hurt others” but we are all wicked sinners condemned to die. You must repent of self righteousness in order to be saved.

 

The 3rd thing you must repent of is the Savior.

Jesus Christ is the savior, he is also God. If you believe in the false Jesus and not the one of the Bible you cannot be saved:man such as the Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses teach a false Jesus that is not the Jesus of the Bible. Jesus is perfect and sinless because he is GOD!

 

Consider these verses:

John 8:23-24  And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.The name “I am” is a name for God in the Exodus chapter 20.

John 10:30-33  I and my Father are one.Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.

 

So three things we must repent of are Sin, Self, and the Savior.

So a Christian is someone who has repented of Sin, Self, and the Savior, and has believed on Christ.

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