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