Does the Bible Teach “Repent of Your Sins” or Antinomianism?

I was on My Facebook and an Antinomian said this to me:

“not once in the Bible does it say, “Repent of your Sins”, whether it be in the Old Testament, or whether be it in the New Testament….”

I said:

What? You must either not read the Bible, not read the Bible well, or are lying about the Bible.

OLD TESTAMENT:

“Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are you ways my ways, saith the Lord” (Isa. 55:7-8).

“He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy” (Prov. 28:13).

“Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressins, so iniquity shall not be your ruin. Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die” (Eze. 18:30-31).

NEW TESTAMENT:

“Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.” Acts 8:22

“And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.” 2 Cor. 12:21

“And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.” Rev. 16:11

“And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:” Rev. 9:21

I was on My Facebook and had a “pastor” tell me that a believer could commit adultery and murder and die in your sins without repenting of them and still go to heaven! Oh boy! No wonder the churches are so ungodly! Consider what they are hearing from the pulpit!

But this same pastor accuses holiness preachers of being self-righteous and of trusting in their works instead of in Christ. He said that holiness preachers like myself are going to hell!

So according to Antinomians like this pastor, you can live and die as a murderer and as an adulterer and go to heaven. But if you are a holiness preacher and live a holy life because you love Jesus and have faith in Him, you are a self-righteous Pharisee and are going to hell! Wow! They think that the man living holy is not really trusting in Christ but the man who is sinning is! How backwards!

The fact is, the Bible condemns those who have a lifestyle of sin. Sinning every day in word, thought, and deed is a “lifestyle” of sin. You can’t have more of a “lifestyle” of sin than sinning every day. And there are many today who are think that they are saved because they “believe” in Jesus and claim to be covered by “the imputed righteousness of Christ” while they continue in a lifestyle of sinning. They will say things like, “It is not about what I do, it is about what Christ has done.” They think that the atonement of Jesus Christ has given them a license to sin! They have a false peace as there is no peace for the wicked. Those who claim to know God but break His commandments are liars because sin separates you from Him. What many in the church today need to do is “repent” of their sins and then they will have true peace with God and will be truly saved. There is gracious and merciful forgiveness in Jesus Christ for all those who forsake their sinful carnality or selfishness which is enmity with God. But those who remain in their sins, no matter what doctrines they invent to make themselves feel comfortable, are abiding under the wrath of God.

For a Saint to say, “I’m still a sinner” is for him to deny the power of the gospel – to undermine the work of Christ! Christians are new creatures in Christ! The old has past and the new has come

To say, “I can’t help but to sin” again denies the work of Jesus Christ. Whom the Son sets free is free indeed! He never allows us to be tempted above that which we are able!

The problem is that there is a sin-friendly gospel out there which makes people comfortable in their impenitence. It doesn’t call sinners to repent of their sins but says only believe while you continue to sin and you are saved.”

SEE ALSO:

Do Men Need to Repent of Sin or Just of Unbelief and Self-Righteousness? Are All Good Works Filthy Rags? Antinomianism Refuted by Jesse Morrell

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2 Responses to Does the Bible Teach “Repent of Your Sins” or Antinomianism?

  1. This pastor literally told me that if a believer commit adultery and murder and die in their sin without repenting, they will go to heaven because they are covered the imputed righteousness of Christ and are saved by what Jesus did and not by what they do or don’t do. He believes in “Easy Believism” and claims that “repentance from sin” is nothing more than “works of the law” and since we are not saved by “works of the law” we do not need to repent of our sins.

    These guys believe that the only sin you go to hell for is unbelief (and self-righteousness). You can commit adultery and murder and still be saved, but if you are a holiness preacher and say that you’ve been changed by Jesus Christ so that you are not sinning every day, then you are a heretical self-righteous Pharisee that is going to hell.

    So the man living holy, they say, is not trusting in Christ. But the man committing adultery and murder is! How backwards!

    So the man living in sin is saved but the man living a holy life is damned. The man who rebels against God is the one trusting in Christ but the man who has submitted to the Lord isn’t trusting in Him. What a perverted gospel these people have!

  2. Art Anson says:

    Pretty good post … Open Air Outreach! 90% agreement with what you said/wrote. { The 10% disagreement would be per 1st John 1:8-10 tells us that believers do stumble and sin , but we have a remedy for that sin. Should we as Christians sin ? No. Do we ? Yep. According to the Apostle John. }

    It is sad and disgusting how many so-called “Pastors” ( Shepherds of the flock ) there are who are antinomian. I am convinced they are “Double-Agents”, They get a weekly paycheck from the Church/Chapel/Fellowship , but they are getting their marching orders from The Father of Lies & The Lord of the Flies. They are horrible examples to the people ( and especially the kids & youth & 20 some things ) and should be taken out and flogged , tied to the Main Mast and given 39 lashes , and kicked out of the Church Building and Parsonage/Rectory. Matthew 6:18:6,7.

    { btw – In my experience of about 7 years working in 2 Christian Books stores in So. Cal. … it seems that quite often it is the ‘new-Calvinists’ , and assorted ‘greasy-gracers’ that are of the wretched antinomian group. Often the people that want to keep one foot still in the ‘world’ , and the other foot in the ‘God-is-love’ group. They figure that IF they would ever read anything from the Old Testament out loud — ( except a verse from one of the ‘happy’ Psalms ) then that would be ‘legalistic’ and nobody would ever come back. They do not seem to understand that The Lord Jesus & the Apostles / Disciples & The Seventy went out & about quoting from the Books of The Hebrew Bible ( aka; The Old Testament ) and thousands of people ( Jew & Gentile ) got saved and followed Christ Jesus before the New Testament was ever canonized. }

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