There is no new theology. There are new books published every month. Repentance belongs exclusively to the religion of sinners. It has no place in the exercises of unfallen creatures. He who has never done a sinful act nor had a sinful nature needs neither forgiven. But sinners need all these blessings. To them they are indispensable. The wickedness of the human heart makes it necessary. Under all dispensations, since our first parents were expelled from the Garden of Eden, God has insisted on repentance. Under the Law, David wrote the thirty-second and fifty-first psalms.
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THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REPENTANCE AND CONVERSION!
Last year while Elder David S. Baxter and I were driving to a stake conference, we stopped at a restaurant. Later when returning to our car, we were approached by a woman who called out to us. We were startled by her appearance. We said yes.
Repent from Sin
Let the wicked forsake his way And the unrighteous man his thoughts; And let him return to the Lord, And He will have compassion on him, And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon. Repentance is a decision to turn, with the help of God, from a life of sin to a life of obedience toward God. The Scriptures are filled with the call to repentance. Remember the account in the New Testament where the disciple, Peter, spoke to a crowd and his convicting word had cut to their hearts. Scripture records an occasion where some men came to Jesus, telling Him of an unfortunate incident where some Galileans were put to death and their blood mingled with sacrifices. Their assumption seemed to be that these men must have been especially sinful in order to have suffered this fate. Jesus, however, said:. I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Or do you suppose that those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them were worse culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem?
First, a person must be spiritually called or drawn by God. Once God calls a person, He expects a twofold response expressed by Jesus in Mark Mark And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent you, and believe the gospel. Likewise, God grants repentance, especially when a person prays for it Acts Acts When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then has God also to the Gentiles granted repentance to life. As we read in Acts Acts Then Peter said to them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Why is this important? Because of what baptism represents. Baptism is a vital step.