(This post is an excerpt from chapter 1 of my book: “Christianity Vs. religion”)

~ The gospel ~

So what is “the gospel?” The gospel is the good news that the Lord Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection has fully accomplished the salvation of God’s people.

Matthew 1.21

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

1 Corinthians 15.1-4

1 “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

That’s the only gospel that saves, and any alteration to that gospel is another gospel, a false gospel that saves no one.

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~ Here’s an example of real repentance in salvation ~

God the Holy Ghost convicts a sinner of their sin-guilt, and that sinner subsequently cries out to the Lord Jesus Christ for mercy. God gives that sinner the faith of Christ, and he or she believes that the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ has fully accomplished their forgiveness and right-standing with God the Father.

That person repented (changed their mind) and believed the gospel.

~ They changed their mind in that they previously believed that they were a basically good person, but then they came to see that they are entirely bankrupt of any personal merit.

~ They changed their mind about (and abandoned), whatever false religious beliefs they held, and clung to the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ as their only & entire rightstanding with God.

Do you now see why it’s damning heresy to tell someone that they have to repent “of their sins” to be saved?
Such is not only an impossibility for anyone to perform to satisfy God’s justice where man’s sins are concerned,…
But such thinking that someone has to repent “of their sins” to be saved, reflects the disbelief that the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ has justified God’s people.

Such thinking fails to see one’s own merit or morality as the filthy rags that it is.

Such thinking tramples underfoot the blood of the covenant, regarding Jesus’ sacrifice as insufficient by itself to fully cleanse & justify a guilty sinner before God.

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If you want the supporting information that goes with what you just now read, then click here please to read all of chapter 1 where those quotes were taken from.