Repent, as Christ meant it to be in terms of salvation, means to change your mind from trusting in what you can do for God to trusting only in what He can do for you.”
Beware of false prophets who add the unbiblical requirement of “turning away from your sins” as being necessary to go to Heaven. The truth is that no one can turn away from their sins. I don't care how much you reform and clean up your act, you will still have sin in your life. Everyone sins! We all sin every day, whether in deed, word or thought. We sin by not doing good things that we should do (James 4:17), like praying for others (1st Samuel 12:23). Oh, how we are all horrible sinners! The very notion of having to make Jesus one's Lord to be saved, forsaking the world and purposing in one's heart to turn away from sinful bad habits, is a woeful fraud! Who can turn away from all his sins? If repentance means “turning away from sin,” then we are all going to burn in the Lake of Fire forever, because no one can turn away from all their sins!
Our evangelical churches are filled with Christians who commit and tolerate envy, discord, hatred, gossip, lust and self-righteous hypocrisy (and much worse) in their personal lives. It's not right. God does not approve. Yet, we are all sinners. Don't judge others because they sin differently than you do!
“Repentance means to change your mind—change your mind—change your mind about how you want to get to Heaven to what God says you've got to do to get to Heaven. If you've got to repent of all your sins, you're still headed for Hell.
Eternal life is a free gift. If repentance means turning from sin, then salvation cannot be a free gift. It would instead become a reward. Salvation is not partial faith in Christ plus human effort; but rather, it is completely resting in Christ, by total faith. Human effort has no place in the salvation of man. We receive the gift of eternal life by childlike faith in Christ, believing that He died on the cross for our sins and rose from from dead three days later. 1st Thessalonians 4:14, “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.”
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