Why isn’t repentance taught anymore these days?
A few passages below show the absolute need for repentance. Many people “accept” Jesus into their lives by reciting the sinner’s prayer, coming forward at and altar call, or some other form of superficial attempt at conversion with no real understanding of what it means to follow Jesus. He calls us to deny ourselves, die to ourselves daily and follow Him. He calls us to full surrender to Him as Lord because He is Lord.
He also warns that not all who call Him Lord will enter the kingdom Heaven but those who do the will of the Father who is in Heaven. James tells us that faith without works is dead and questions how can that faith save a man??? We are saved by grace through faith not by works but God elaborates on this in His Word saying the righteous shall WALK by faith and LIVE by faith.
So many people have a head knowledge of Jesus but they don’t live their lives believing, living and walking by faith in Christ. They believe and accept the teachings of Christ but walk away and forget about Him in their daily lives. They’re like a man who looks at himself in the mirror and walks away and immediately forgets what he looks like. They are hearers of the word only, and not doers of the word.
We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. We are all condemned in our sins until we come to Jesus to be set free from our sins, washed clean and born again of the Spirit by the power of His blood that He shed for us on the cross. He suffered, bled, died and rose again, putting to death the entire curse of sin on the cross and then conquering death by rising again on the third day and walking out of the tomb so that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.
The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.
Before we think ourselves to be “good enough,” have we ever stolen anything, even a pen or a stick of gum? Ever hated anyone even for a short time? Ever lusted after another person? Ever told a lie? Ever wanted something that belonged to someone else? Ever put something above God or taken His name in vain?
By Jesus’ definition of these things we are all lying, blasphemous, murderous, covetous, thieving adulterers and idol worshippers at heart. We are all under the judgement of God until we come to Him in repentance through faith in Jesus Christ.
Paul reminds us of the gospel in 1 Corinthians 15 by which we are being saved IF we hold fast the word which he preached UNLESS we believed in vain.
Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, — 1 Corinthians 15:1-4
If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us. — 1 John 1:8-10
The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to REPENTANCE. — 2 Peter 3:9
From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “REPENT, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” — Matthew 4:17
Therefore REPENT and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; — Acts 3:19
Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should REPENT, —Acts 17:30
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’ — Matthew 7:21-23
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. — Romans 6:23
And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. — Luke 9:23
But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does. If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless. — James 1:22-26
What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself. But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless? — James 2:14-20
If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. — 1 John 1:6-7
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “But the righteous man shall LIVE BY FAITH.” — Romans 1:16-17
I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I LIVE BY FAITH in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. — Galatians 2:20
We must not be deceived or delude ourselves into believing we are saved if all we do is acknowledge Jesus as Lord but don’t follow Him and obey Him as Lord and continue to walk in darkness. The righteous shall live by faith. We must be doers of the word and not hearers only. We must deny ourselves, daily, die to ourselves and follow Him by faith, presenting our bodies as living sacrifices, being transformed daily by the renewing of our lives.
Stay in the word daily, pray daily without ceasing, bow to Him as Lord and submit to His Lordship daily. He loves you and He will do the work in and through you. He is the vine, we are the branches. Abide in Him and He will abide in you and as the vine, He will produce the fruit through you, the branch. Faith without works is dead, but by true faith in Him we are dead to sin and alive in Christ and it is He who does the works through us. We just faithfully follow Him, trusting in Him.
He loves you and if you are a true participant in the gospel, He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.
I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all, in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now. For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. — Philippians 1:3-6