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What Does Repentance Mean

Concerning repentance, which statements do you disagree with?
1. It does not mean to turn away from sin.
2. It does not mean to quit sinning.
3. It does not mean to feel sorry for sin.
4. It does not mean to change your sinful ways before you can be saved.

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 ---Mima on 1/2/08
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Well..Well..Well!
It certainly DOES NOT mean that since I'm not gathering unto to me all that is mine or that maybe I'm not getting any money that's falling from the sky, I must repent!
---Greely on 3/6/08


Court ::You are the only one who agrees with my Post of1/2/08.Thanks
---Emcee on 3/3/08


My goodness. I disgree with number one and number three. This is Monday folks. No excuse for my slowness today.
---catherine on 3/3/08


Many understand the term repentance to mean turning from sin. This is not the Biblical definition of repentance. In the Bible, the word repent means to "change your mind." The Bible also tells us that true repentance will result in a change of actions (Luke 3:8-14, Acts 3:19). Acts 26:20 declares, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds. The full Biblical definition of repentance is a change of mind that results in a change of action.
---Court7646 on 2/29/08


Repenting means a change of mind, and that could mean about anything. Lets not add sin to it. God also repented.
---calhoon on 2/13/08




Forgiveness is placing the responsibility on someone else to erase the sin the sinner has committed. Repentance is the sinner taking responsibility for his own actions, by acknowledging his sin and covenanting with G-d not to do it.
No one can quit sinning-its human nature-but we can try to sin less.
We should feel G-dly sorrow for our sin, not sorrow because we are caught.
Being saved is a way of life- not just a quick salvation prayer-and we all should live our lives pleasing to G-d.
---Jew_D on 2/12/08


Imagine that you have a stubborn relative who is sinning and you keep on warning them to repent but they do not realize it is sin because they don't listen to the Word of God (maybe they read the bits they like but don't listen to your message from it). In the end when they are dying they may realize too late, what they did wrong, turning away the messenger and not listening to the Word. Repentance can come TOO LATE.
---frances on 2/12/08


I disagree with no. 3. It is because of preaching I heard, about Judas. He hanged himself because he was sorry for what he had done. Nowhere does it say he was saved. You could argue that GOd used him to fulfil His holy purpose, but still, that does not mean he was saved. God often used evil leaders to bring down punishment on rebellious children of His in the Old Testament. The same for today. It does not mean those evil people are saved. It might make people sit up and listen to God.
---frances on 2/12/08


Yes, I agree we cannot save ourselves. What I was referring to is belief without change. James tells us even the demons believe, and tremble. The process of sanctification involves more than belief, it involves us being set apart unto God and set apart from the world. Which is where repentance comes into play. I am finding it difficult to explain my thoughts in such short amount of words. Hope this helps.
---Jim on 1/6/08


Duane-Are you seriously saying we can't sin less than usual? As far as I know, we are still in this body of sin that must be put down in death, but we have the Holy Spirit to sanctify us as we grow in the supernatural power to stop sinning as usual.

The Bible is not just teaching head faith. Please read further. You have head faith down-please grow in obedience to Christ. The White horseman has been stunting Christians growth.
---yochanon on 1/5/08




Jim,
Repentance is a change of course...to believe on HIM.People are lost because of unbelief, We are saved through faith. Sin is not the issue.(Jesus came to put away sin) We need to turn to Him.
Can a sinner quit sinning?(repent of sin)then turn to Christ? No Way possible. He has no reason to quit sinning.(Jesus is the reason)
Jesus is the only way and the first way.
---duane on 1/4/08


Acts 3:19...(Have a change of mind and turn to Christ.) Not have a change of mind about sin then turn to Christ. We need a reason to turn from sinful ways.
---duane on 1/4/08


First off, Repentance does not simply mean to turn to Christ, Acts 3:19 (repent AND turn to Christ). The greek word for repentance(metanoe)means to have a change of mind or purpose. So repentance is seeing sin as Christ sees it and seeing sin as He see it we see ourselves as we truly are, sinners. Sinners whose only hope is Christ Jesus. Therefore we turn to Him trusting in Him for salvation. Without a change of mind and heart concerning sin we will not turn to Jesus, why would we?
---Jim on 1/4/08


First off, Repentance does not simply mean to turn to Christ, Acts 3:19 (repent AND turn to Christ). The greek word for repentance(metanoe)means to have a change of mind or purpose. So repentance is seeing sin as Christ sees it and seeing sin as He see it, we see ourselves as we truly are, sinners. Sinners whose only hope is Christ Jesus. Therefore we turn to Him trusting in Him for salvation. Without a change of mind and heart concerning sin we will not turn to Jesus, why would we?
---Jim on 1/4/08


Repentance in Old Testament Hebrew usage is a very passive verb simply a sigh.
Repentance in New Testament Greek usage is highly active verb, meaning to change one course of direction and follow Gods plan for one's life. Repentance has never been a precondition for salvation rather it is a result of salvation since those offered Grace was predestined before the creation of the would by an all knowing God who knew every action or inaction you would ever take prior to your birth.
---Phil_the_Elder on 1/3/08


Repentance means to turn to Christ ...its through faith we are saved, NOT through repentance of sin. Jesus came to do away with sin so ALL men could come to believe on Him who HE has sent.
For all men have sinned, thats why Christ had to bear sin so we could come to God in faith....(the good news)
---duane on 1/3/08


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1. Repentance is turning away from our sins,and trusting completely in God!
2. With God's help we are able to walk away completely from our sins.
3. What would bring us to repentance if we are not sorry for our sins? It is our sorrow over our sins that brings us to repentance. Being sorry for our sins and condemning ourselves for them are totally different things.Romans 8:1 & 1 John 1:9.
4. We come to Him as we are,because He alone is able to cleanse us.
---Chara4584 on 1/3/08


Repentance: To have a change of mind---true repentance means you no longer see sin the way you did before. You now have the mind of Christ.
To continue in sin after being convicted by the Spirit of God is not repentance, 1 John 3:6 and The Spirit will help in our weakness, Romans 8:26
---Jim on 1/3/08


On the contrary, repentance does mean to turn away from sin, to quit sinning, to feel sorry for sin, and to change your sinful ways before a soul is saved.
---Eloy on 1/3/08


I agree wth all those statements. Luke 17:4 says if my brother sins against me 7 in a day and every time repents, I am to forgive him. Looking at this verse, repentance doesn't mean he won't do it again and it doesn't mean he feels very sorry and it doesn't mean he has turned away or changed his ways. He did it 7 times in one day!!!! What it does mean is that he has acknowledged it and needs mercy. In Matt 18 it's 490 times.
---john on 1/2/08


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I don't see pastors & tele evangelist turn away, quit, & feel sorry for their sins. as a matter of a fact, they not only turn away & quit their sinning but defend & justify it. that is why they are rich & wealthy bec. they look after them 'self'!
---mike on 1/2/08


#1 Jack_8773: Let me tell you about YOUR sin... On a blog where I requested people to pray for my pregnant wife and son you made this statement: "It matters not if the baby shall die". On another blog you claim to speak for the Almighty Himself. The 1st and 2nd statements are both lies. Jesus wept for a man he knew he would raise. It matters to Jesus when people die, and it matters how his children feel when they die.
---j._nonymous on 1/2/08


If we cannot walk in a perfect way before
God.Christ would not have told us these
words:"Be ye therefore PERFECT."Because you
don't have this knowledge don't mean that
there is none that do.
---Jack_8773 on 1/2/08


Regret:I do not agree with you Mima: Repent Means Change, do not offend, Reach for the highest par excellence you are able to.If Jesus could do it "as a man",SO CAN YOU."Follow me-Be Perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect"He said.Set the Highest standard, PRACTICE makes Perfect, ask any one who reached Perfection in His field.Look Up not Down,Look ahead Not Behind.Happy NEW YEAR.If at first you don't succeed TRY,TRY AGAIN.
---Emcee on 1/2/08


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#2 Jack_8773: By your lying statements you prove to us and yourself that it's impossible to live THIS life without instances of sin. I'm sure there are many other examples you've trailed behind here (which is fine, none of us expect YOU to be perfect) but like the Pharisees you place a yoke on others you don't even carry yourself. I forgive you my friend, but I fear your train of thought leads to unrepented sin thus hindering your fellowship with God and causing this cloudy judgment.
---j._nonymous on 1/2/08


4. We should let the Holy Spirit change us and sanctify us-Galations 2:20-21.

Our duty is obey God and "turn from sin" and believe in Jesus Christ death, butial and ressurection. Acts 2:38 This is how to be saved with repentance. (Luke 24:47/Mark 6:12)
---Yochanon on 1/2/08


I think
1 ... It does mean to turn away from sin, but ...
2 ... It is not possible for us to totally quit sinning.
3 ... It does mean we should be sorry that we have sinned
4... Whilst we can try to change sinful ways, we don't have to be sinless in order to be saved, as it is impossible.
If we are saved, then our sins will be of no account when we face God
---alan_of_UK on 1/2/08


To believe that one cannot live without sin,
is a thought without knowledge.It have already been done.The reason for being
BORN-AGAIN IS TO HAVE THIS OPPORTUNITY.
---Jack_8773 on 1/2/08


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Before the sins of Adam and eve,they
walked before God....without sin.
It was never said in the bible that we cannot walk without sin and negativity
in our lifes.This is what prpentance means.
---Jack_8773 on 1/2/08


I agree with the Bible view of repentance:
51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
2 Cor 7:8-10

For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
---Yochanon on 1/2/08


i disagree with number 3. your not to feel sorry for sin, your to flee from sin.
---phillip on 1/2/08


I disagree with statements 1 through 3. You have to know of your sinfulness and of what your personal sins are. You must WANT to give up these sins. You must learn to HATE your sins. You must learn to desire and love Holiness. As a Saint, when you do sin, you must repent again and receive Forgiveness and STRIVE to walk in Spiritual Holiness again. It's a DAILY Battle. For, without Holiness, NO MAN will see the LORD.
---Gordon on 1/2/08


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