What biblical repentance is not!

After watching Ray Comfort’s new film Audacity, I realised that he preaches Lordship salvation. If you are unaware of what that is, it is the need to add works to grace in order to obtain salvation. That is quite distinct from works as evidence of salvation. In the film when asked “… so all I need to do is believe?” Ray adds “… there is more to it than that!” He then says that you must stop sinning. It is subtle but it is in there.

I made that comment a post of FaceBook then a brother kindly alerted me to the following excellent video explaining this. Please watch it.

Where you find “repentance” in the Scriptures you find “penance” taught by the Church of Rome, as, for example, in

Ezekiel 18:30 Repent and turn yourselves from all your transgressions.

Luke 8:3  Except you repent you shall all likewise perish.

Acts 2:38: Repent and be baptized every one of you, for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

In all these passages the Council of Trent, Session 14:2, changed “repent,” into “do penance.”

Penance is to do works—to earn or merit salvation. But repentance is to change your mind to God. Let Him do the work in you. If there was any requirement to stop sinning for salvation to do anything but turn your mind to God, and thus away from your sins, how could the thief on the cross next to Jesus be saved? Quite clearly repentance brings salvation, it occurs simultaneously with salvation, because it is a work of God and then the Holy Spirit empowers you to turn from your sins.

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About John Gideon Hartnett

Dr John G. Hartnett is an Australian physicist and cosmologist, and a Christian with a biblical creationist worldview. He received a B.Sc. (Hons) and Ph.D. (with distinction) in Physics from The University of Western Australia, W.A., Australia. He was an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award (DORA) fellow at the University of Adelaide, with rank of Associate Professor. Now he is retired. He has published more than 200 papers in scientific journals, book chapters and conference proceedings.
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One Response to What biblical repentance is not!

  1. Sean Clement says:

    Excellent Refresher, thanks. God Bless you John! 🙂

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