Archive for the ‘Repentance’ Category

CHRIST NAME PROFESSED WITH MOUTHS AND LIPS AND STILL UNCONVERTED:

February 17, 2014

 “statistics show, there are many today who name the name of Christ, but who have failed to ‘depart from iniquity [lawlessness]’ (2 Timothy 2:19). They are false converts who have ‘asked Jesus into their hearts,’ yet they remain unconverted because they have never truly repented.”
– Ray Comfort

Matthew 15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.

“It is my opinion that tens of thousands of people, if not millions, have been brought into some kind of religious experience by accepting Christ, and they have not been saved.”
– A. W. TOZER

“How could vast numbers of people have been led to believe that they are Christians when they are not? If you have struggled to understand why a loved one who made a ‘decision for Christ’ has no desire for the things of God, or why so many church members show little to no evidence for their faith, there is an explanation… If there is one message that comes from the parable about the stony ground, the thorny ground, and the good ground, it is this: When the gospel is preached, there will be true and false conversions. Judas Iscariot, for example, was a false convert. He was a hypocrite—a pretender—whose desire (it seems) for riches and power choked out his affection for Christ. In terms of the parable, we would say that he was a thorny-ground hearer… False converts do have a measure of spirituality. Judas certainly did. He had apparently convinced the other disciples that he truly cared for the poor. And he seemed so trustworthy that he was the one who looked after the finances. When Jesus said, ‘One of you will betray Me,’ the disciples didn’t point the finger at Judas; instead, they suspected themselves, saying, ‘Lord, is it I?’ That’s why it’s
not surprising that so few within the Church today would suspect that we are surrounded by those who fall into the ‘Judas’ category. I would like to caution you at this point: In case you think the problem of false converts affects only those ‘other churches,’ let me say that statistics show otherwise”
– Ray Comfort

THE PARABLE OF THE SOWER:

Mark 4:1-20 And he began again to teach by the sea side: and there was gathered unto him a great multitude, so that he entered into a ship, and sat in the sea; and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land. And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine, Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow: And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up. And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred. And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable. And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them. And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables? The sower soweth the word. And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts. And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended. And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.

Matthew 13:1-23 The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them. Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

SOWER SOWING THE WORD OF GOD:

1. WAY SIDE (NO FRUIT)

– WORD SOWN IN THE HEART
– DON’T UNDERSTAND
– THE FOWLS DEVOURED UP THE SEED
– SATAN TAKES AWAY THE WORD IMMEDIATELY

2. STONY GROUND (NO FRUIT)

– RECEIVES THE WORD WITH GLADNESS AND JOY
– NOT ENOUGH DEPTH OF SOIL
– ENDURE FOR AWHILE BUT NO ROOT
– SUN SCORCHED THEM AND WITHERED AWAY
– AFFLICTION AND PERSECUTION ARISE BECAUSE OF THE WORD
– THEY ARE OFFENDED

Matthew 11:6 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

3. THORNY GROUND (NO FRUIT)

– THE WORD IS SOWN
– THORNS GREW UP
– CARES OF THE WORLD, RICHES, LUST, ENTER IN
– THE WORD IS CHOKED

Mark 4:7 And some fell among thorns… it yielded no fruit.
Matthew 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

4. GOOD GROUND (ONLY GROUND WITH FRUIT)

– HEAR AND UNDERSTAND
– BEAR FRUIT (Some bear more than others)

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What Repentance really is:

February 15, 2014

“There is a good deal of trouble among people about what repentance really is. If you ask people what it is, they will tell you ‘It is feeling sorry.’ If you ask a man if he repents, he will tell you: ‘Oh, yes; I generally feel sorry for my sins.’ That is not repentance. It is something more than feeling sorry. Repentance is turning right about, and forsaking sin. I wanted to speak Sunday about that verse in Isaiah, which says: ‘Let the guilty forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts.’ That is what it is. If a man don’t turn from his sin, he won’t be accepted of God; and if righteousness don’t produce a turning about—a turning from bad to good—it isn’t true righteousness.”

– D. L. Moody

“Just now some professedly Christian teachers are misleading many by saying that ‘repentance is only a change of mind.’ It is true that the original word does convey the idea of a change of mind; but the whole teaching of Scripture concerning the repentance which is not to be repented of is that it is a much more radical and complete change than is implied by our common phrase about changing one’s mind. The repentance that does not include sincere sorrow for sin is not the saving grace that is wrought by the Holy Spirit. God-given repentance makes men grieve in their inmost souls over the sin they have committed, and works in them a gracious hatred of evil in every shape and form. We cannot find a better definition of repentance than the one many of us learned at our mother’s knee: ‘Repentance is to leave the sin we loved before, and show that we in earnest grieve by doing so no more’”

– Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“…repentance … is a turning from sin, a loathing of it; and if thou hast that, thou hast sure repentance; but not else. Repentance is also a sense of shame for having lived in it, and a longing to avoid it. It is a change of the mind with regard to sin–a turning of the man right round. That is what it is; and it is wrought in us by the grace of God. Let none therefore mistake what true repentance is”

– Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“Biblical repentance as preached by John the Baptist, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the apostles, is A CHANGE OF MIND TOWARD GOD AND SIN THAT RESULTS IN A CHANGE OF LIFE. IT IS A SPIRIT-WROUGHT CHANGE OF MIND THAT LEADS TO A CHANGE OF LIFE. It is not a change of life. That would be a works salvation. It is a radical, Spirit-wrought change of mind toward sin and God, such a dramatic change of mind that it changes one’s actions….Those who do not preach repentance or who make light of it or who claim it is the same as faith or who redefine it so that it has nothing to do with sin are not following the Bible pattern for evangelism. They are following a manmade program. The bottom line is that Bible preachers proclaimed repentance. If faith is the same as repentance, this would make no sense. Those who follow the Bible will preach repentance and will require evidence thereof. ”

– David Cloud

Jeremiah 8:6 I hearkened and heard, but they spake not aright: no man repented him of his wickedness, saying, What have I done? every one turned to his course, as the horse rusheth into the battle.

Ezekiel 14:6 Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations.

Ezekiel 18:30 Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin.

The word repentance in Jonah 3:4-8 is not used, but in Matthew 12:41 Jesus said they repented. The repentance seen or evidence given of repentance is witnessed by the actions of the people of Nineveh.

Jonah 3:5-8 So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them. For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water: But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands.

Matthew 12:41 The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.

Matthew 21:28-30 But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard. He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went. And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.

Acts 8:21-23 Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.

Revelation 16:9-11 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory. And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.

REAL CHANGE OF LIFE

February 15, 2014

“Another proof of the conquest of a soul for Christ will be found in a real change of life. If the man does not live differently from what he did before, both at home and abroad, his repentance needs to be repented of, and his conversion is a fiction.”

– Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Aim for Repentance Rather than a Decision

February 14, 2014

“Aim for Repentance Rather than a Decision

As you witness, divorce yourself from the thought that you are merely seeking ‘decisions for Christ.’ What we should be seeking is repentance within the heart. This is the purpose of the Law, to bring the knowledge of sin. How can a man repent if he doesn’t know what sin is? If there is no repentance, there is no salvation. Jesus said, “Unless you repent, you shall all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3). God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).

Many don’t understand that the salvation of a soul is not a resolution to change a way of life, but ‘repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.’ The modern concept of success in evangelism is to relate how many people were ‘saved’ (that is, how many prayed the ‘sinner’s prayer’). This produces a ‘no decisions, no success’ mentality. This shouldn’t be, because Christians who seek decisions in evangelism become discouraged after a time of witnessing if ‘no one came to the Lord.’ The Bible tells us that as we sow the good seed of the gospel, one sows and another reaps. If you faithfully sow the seed, someone will reap. If you reap, it is because someone has sown in the past, but it is God who causes the seed to grow. If His hand is not on the person you are leading in a prayer of committal, if there is not God-given repentance, then you will end up with a stillbirth on your hands, and that is nothing to rejoice about. We should measure our success by how faithfully we sowed the seed. In that way, we will avoid becoming discouraged.”

– Ray Comfort

Last Words (before death):

February 14, 2014

“Tie a rope round my body, pull me out of bed, and lay me in ashes, that I may die with repentant prayers to an offended God. O! I in vain wish for that time I lost with you and others in vain recreations.”

– Prince Henry of Wales

“What an account I shall have to give to God! How I should like to live otherwise than I have lived.”

– Phillip III, King of France

Has Jesus commited himself to you?

February 14, 2014

“You will search the Scriptures in vain to find a verse or passage about a ‘sinner’s prayer,’ ‘accept Christ,’ or ‘Ask Jesus into your heart.’ The Bible simply does not say that’s how to be saved. Simply believing in Jesus does not save someone. It’s turning from sins and putting your complete trust in the finished work of Christ for salvation that saves you. The sinner needs to realize that he must beg Christ to accept him! We don’t need to approve Him; we need Him to approve us!”

– Vincent Williams

Luke 18:13-14 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

Luke 15:18-19 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.

John 2:23-25 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did. But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.

James 2:17-20 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

Revival our nation needs

February 14, 2014

“The revival our nation needs so badly will not occur unless we as individuals repent. Authentic repentance involves a change of heart, not merely a change of public policy. And the first to repent must be the people of God—Christians who know and love Christ but who have fallen into a state of spiritual lethargy or indifference and have left their first love (cf. Rev. 2:4). We have diverted our efforts and energies and strategies from evangelism. We need to repent of that.
Unfortunately, the church today is at war with the culture, and many Christians think that by opposing moral decline through protest and politics, they are doing all they can do to redeem society. They have begun to view their unbelieving neighbors as the enemy rather than the mission field. As the rift widens between the Religious Right and the rest of society, the gospel message is being lost in the din of conflict. The tender love of sinners has been replaced by bitter rivalry for influence. Thus the only truth that can ultimately draw people to sincere repentance is too often being set aside in favor of political rhetoric and partisan squabbling.”

– John MacArthur

When do Revivals occur?

February 14, 2014

“No national revival has ever occurred because of political strategizing or legislative initiatives. Revivals don’t occur when the people of God protest and demonstrate against the sins of unbelievers. Revivals aren’t the fruit of boycotts or debates about public policy. Revivals occur when the Word of God is proclaimed and people are called to repentance. This was true in Nineveh, when an entire city of pagans responded to the preaching of Jonah by repenting in sackcloth and ashes (Jonah 3:5–10). It was true at Pentecost, when thousands in Jerusalem suddenly repented. They were the very same people who had demanded the crucifixion of Christ a few weeks earlier.”

– John MacArthur

Conviction is not repentance

February 14, 2014

“Conviction is not repentance. It is one thing to be awakened at five o’clock in the morning, but it is another thing to get up.”

– Anonymous

Quick Prayerism

February 13, 2014

Quick Prayerism is an evangelistic methodology that is
quick to get people to pray a sinner’s prayer after a shallow
gospel presentation and usually without any hint of the
necessity of repentance (or by redefining repentance to be the
same as faith or to be a mere change of mind).

It is quick to pronounce those people saved and to give
them “assurance” and to try to baptize them even if they
barely show any interest and even if they give zero biblical
evidence of having been born again.

Frequently, Quick Prayerism incorporates psychological
salesmanship manipulation. …..

In Quick Prayerism, an empty “sinner’s prayer” typically
replaces Holy Spirit conviction and miraculous regeneration.
Quick Prayerism is characterized by soul winning reports
that are grossly exaggerated, since the number of real
conversions (as evidenced by changed lives) are tiny
compared to the overall statistics. ……

We realize that not everyone that professes Christ will “pan
out.” There will be false professions in any ministry, but
Quick Prayerism is characterized by the amazing fact that
THE VAST MAJORITY of its professions are EMPTY.

– David Cloud