What’s Wrong With The Gospel? By Keith Green – 07 – Repentance as Necessary for Forgiveness 7 of 15


Keith Green

Keith Green

It has always amazed me how the Church could have evolved to such a state as it is in now,  with such clear, direct teaching from the Lord Jesus as to what is necessary to be right with God. Please read the first five verses of the  13th chapter of Luke. Here, Jesus is told the news about some Galileans who were executed by the Romans. He then says, “Unless you  repent, you will all likewise perish.” (Luk 13:1-5) Using another example, He then repeats the same exact sentence.

I cannot conceive of conversion without repentance. The teachings of Jesus and the apostles are full of commands to “repent and be  saved!”(Psa 7:12; Isa 30:15; Eze 18:32; Mat 3:2; Mar 1:5; Mar 6:7; Mar 6:12; Act 2:38; Act 3:19; Act 8:22; Act 17:30; Acts  26:19-20; Rev 2:5; Rev 2:16; Rev 3:3; Rev 3:19) Repentance is not just “being sorry” – that is only conviction. Repentance is not merely  a change of heart and a change of mind, it is a change of action! God requires that if we are sincerely convinced that sin is wrong, then we  will turn from it to God, and commit ourselves to not take part in sinful deeds any longer. God blesses such decisions and commitments  with abundant grace. And it is by that grace that we can fulfill the desires of the Spirit within us.

But because there is so little real conviction of sin brought about by the preaching of our modern gospel, we cannot truly require  repentance anymore. If we did, no one would “come forward” at all. For repentance is easy to him who sees how ugly and horrible sin is,  but repentance is impossible where the Law does not convince the sinner of his wicked heart, compelling him to turn from his sin into the  arms of a waiting, compassionate God. You see, all these removed parts of the Gospel are connected. In God’s wisdom, every aspect of  the appointed way of salvation is irreplaceable.

It is true that without God loving us first, we could not be saved. He made the first move, He always does. But He will not do what He  requires of the sinner himself to do – and that is to repent!

 

(Tomorrow I’ll post the 8th section)

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About Dave Harman
I was found by Jesus April 9, 1975. I married the love of my life Helen, August 19, 1978. We have one daughter, Elizabeth, whose husband and two children live nearby. I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in January 1997. In January 2004, Jesus Christ healed me and I have been symptom free ever since.

One Response to What’s Wrong With The Gospel? By Keith Green – 07 – Repentance as Necessary for Forgiveness 7 of 15

  1. Pingback: What Could Remove Her Sin? | KEVIN NUNEZ

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