Est. May 2008

08 July, 2015

Repentance


What does it mean for Christians to repent? According to different sources, what it isn't is simply saying, 'I'm sorry'. True Christian repentance is:
[R]epentance is a prerequisite to seeing and entering the Kingdom of God. Those who don't repent cannot be saved; they will perish in their sins.

Repentance is not a penance for guilt or a quick prayer for forgiveness. Repentance is a complete brokenness, a change of heart, and a detest of one's sin.

True repentance means grieving over our sin (which God hates) and coming to the sobering realization that it was our sin that put Jesus on the cross. The Bible calls this godly sorrow, and it leads to salvation.

Repentance is a change of mind that involves turning away from idols in the heart and making a complete change of direction (180° turn) toward God.When a person changes his mind about sin, a change in behavior will naturally result. (emphases in original)
It's also something we cannot do on our own:
No one can even begin to repent without God tugging at a person's heart and pulling that person toward Him (John 6:44). This is God drawing us near to His side, opening our eyes, and giving us the ability to recognize that we need repentance and salvation. We cannot do it alone, and God's amazing kindness and goodness doesn't give up on anyone He is drawing closer.
So, in order to honestly call yourself a Christian, God has to draw you to the point where you're fully aware of your sins, fully aware of what Christ's death means, brokenhearted over your sin, you have to detest sin, and you have to avoid sin to the best of your ability.

Does the following sounds like a true Christian talking?
I want to start by saying that I am a Christian. I always have been and always will be... and I'm also a gay woman who is happily married to a beautiful British Woman named Megan.
It seems ... lacking in that whole repentance thing, doesn't it?

Now, if I read the article rightly, it seems it can be condensed into 'you judgmental haters have no right to judge me', which smacked of being judgmental in itself. And, since the author doesn't elaborate on the 'hate' she's seen on-line regarding homosexuality, we're left to guess – which is a really bad place for her to leave us, considering even telling someone they're sinning, especially when it comes to homosexuality, is 'hate'.

In the midst of her 'anti-hate' diatribe, the author writes, 'Your hatred towards this is unjust and unfair and don't even try to the quote the Bible at me; you may want to actually read it first.' Considering your rather poor exegesis of Scripture, I can completely understand why you wouldn't want anyone quoting Scripture at you.

For instance:
If the sole reason you feel that gay marriage is wrong because it's a sin, and the Bible tells you this is wrong, then I sure as hell hope you don't have bacon with your eggs or indulge in shrimp.
Mark 7:14-19 and Acts 10:9-16 show this to be wrong. And, perhaps, if bacon is a sin, you might want to consider changing your last name, Ms Bacon.
It is not your duty to judge and tell others how to live theirs to ensure your angelic conscious is clear.
To clear our consciences, no; to keep our fellow Christians from sinning, absolutely (take a look at Matthew 18:15-17).
If anything, my relationship with God is better than ever, and I know that I am definitely not going to hell or that my lifestyle is wrong. It's important for people to know that you can be a Christian and gay.
The apostle John has a few things to say about this kind of attitude (all from the ESV):
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. (1 John 1:8)

Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, (1 John 2:4)

Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. (1 John 3:4)

No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. (1 John 3:6)

Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God's seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God. (1 John 3:8-9)
The simple fact that the author shows such great pride in her homosexuality and in her non-Scriptural marriage shows she has little regard for repentance, something called for – in fact, commanded – fifty-three times in the New Testament (ESV).

That breaks my heart.

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