Tuesday, November 7, 2017

UNDERSTANDING REPENTANCE
by Dr. Ralph "Yankee" Arnold

May the Lord have mercy on those who tell a lost man that he must turn from sin(s) to be saved. They do not get it from the word repent. That would teach works for salvation. A persons eternal destination depends on getting the gospel right. No man has ever been saved, is being saved, or will ever be saved by promising to quit, turn, or stop his sins whether temporary or forever. 

To receive a clear understanding of repentance, please watch both videos of the Old and the New Testament. The notes are provided for both messages. All scriptures are KJV.
REPENTANCE IN THE OLD TESTAMENT

By Dr. Ralph “Yankee” Arnold

THIS MESSAGE IS DESIGNED TO PROVE THAT REPENTANCE DOES NOT MEAN

TURN FROM YOUR SINS TO BE SAVED FROM HELL, OR TO GO TO HEAVEN.

TEXT:   Deut. 11:26  Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse;

Deu 11:27  A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day:

Deu 11:28  And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.

THE LORD REPENTED ABOUT DESTROYING ISRAEL AS A NATION

1.      Exo 32:11  And Moses besought the LORD his God, and said, LORD, why doth thy wrath wax hot against thy people, which thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power, and with a mighty hand?

Exo 32:12  Wherefore should the Egyptians speak, and say, For mischief did he bring them out, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth? Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against thy people.

Exo 32:13  Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou swarest by thine own self, and saidst unto them, I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken of will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit it for ever.

Exo 32:14  And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.



THE LORD DOES NOT REPENT OF SINS

2.      Num 23:19  God is not a man, that he should lie (SIN); neither the son of man, that he should repent (of a SIN): hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

WHY GOD REPENTS OF EVIL AND GOOD

3.      Jer 18:8  If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.

Jer 18:9  And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it;

Jer 18:10  If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them.



WHY GOD WANTS TO REPENT

4.      Jer 26:3  If so be they will hearken, and turn every man from his evil way, that I may repent me of the evil, which I purpose to do unto them because of the evil of their doings.

Jer 26:4  And thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD; If ye will not hearken to me, to walk in my law, which I have set before you,

Jer 26:5  To hearken to the words of my servants the prophets, whom I sent unto you, both rising up early, and sending them, but ye have not hearkened;

Jer 26:6  Then will I make this house like Shiloh, and will make this city a curse to all the nations of the earth.

WHY TURNING FROM SIN IS WORKS

5.      Jon 3:4  And Jonah began to enter into the city a day's journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.

Jon 3:5  So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.

Jon 3:6  For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.

Jon 3:7  And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water:

Jon 3:8  But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands.

Jon 3:9  Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?

Jon 3:10  And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.



WHY GOD DID NOT REPENT

6.      Zec 8:13  And it shall come to pass, that as ye were a curse among the heathen, O house of Judah, and house of Israel; so will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing: fear not, but let your hands be strong.

Zec 8:14  For thus saith the LORD of hosts; As I thought to punish you, when your fathers provoked me to wrath, saith the LORD of hosts, and I repented not:

Zec 8:15  So again have I thought in these days to do well unto Jerusalem and to the house of Judah: fear ye not.

Zec 8:16  These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates:

Zec 8:17  And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbour; and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, saith the LORD.



THE DAY OF NO REPENTANCE

Rev 20:15  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.




REPENTANCE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT

By Dr. Ralph “Yankee” Arnold

THIS MESSAGE IS DESIGNED TO PROVE THAT REPENTANCE DOES NOT MEAN

TURN FROM YOUR SINS TO BE SAVED FROM HELL, OR TO GO TO HEAVEN.

TEXT:   Rev 3:19  As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Notice Hebrews 12:5-7 on God chastening his children

If the Lord commands his children to repent, it becomes evident that a believer does not lose his salvation or turn from sin to stay saved.

Rev 2:4  Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Rev. 2:5  Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

Acts 20:21 "Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward

God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ."

Webster's Scholastic Dictionary gives this meaning for "repent"- (v.i.) to feel regret for something done or left undone: to be penitant, (v.t.) to remember with self-reproach or sorrow. It also gives this definition for "repentance", act of repenting, sorrow for sin, penitence, contrition. So some preachers say that men must "turn from sin", "be willing to turn from sin", or "feel sorrow for sin" or they cannot be saved! If a man must do any of these things to be saved, then he merits his salvation by his good works.

THE BIBLICAL DEFINITION OF REPENTANCE

Metanoia and Metanoeo. These two words mean the same thing (metanoia is the noun of metanoeo). The definition of these two words is "TO CHANGE ONE'S MIND." The other Greek words: Metamellomai. It means "to regret". Ametameletos. It is translated "unregretted".

The Word "repent" is used in connection with unbelievers for salvation and believers for service. What is it that unbelievers or believers need to change their mind about? CONTEXT

MATTHEW 21:28-32 (NOTICE THE WORDS THINK)

Mat 21:28  But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard.

Mat 21:29  He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went.

Mat 21:30  And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.

Mat 21:31  Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.

Mat 21:32  For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him. (You don’t turn from sin in order to believe.)

SO WHAT DOES "REPENT" MEAN IN ACTS 20:21?

"Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ." Yes, you must change your mind toward God! You must no longer believe that your good works are required to go to Heaven. Repentance (change of mind) is necessary for salvation. It is not another condition for salvation added to belief. Rather, it is automatically included in belief! How can you believe in Christ as your Savior unless you change your mind? The Gospel of John consistently states that a lost man must believe. Yet this same book (which is "God's Gospel Tract"), NEVER ONCE USES either the word "repent" or "repentance"! Why? When you believe, you automatically repent!

LUKE 13:1-5 ARE THE FAVORITE VERSES OF MOST EVANGELIST

They show very clearly that repentance is a thought process. "There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answering said unto them, SUPPOSE YE that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, Nay: but except ye REPENT, ye shall all likewise perish. Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, THINK YE that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye REPENT, YE SHALL ALL LIKEWISE PERISH."

THOSE IN HELL WANT THE LOST TO REPENT

Luke also contains another passage (Luke 16:29-31), which shows that repentance is a thought process. Luk 16:30  And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.

THE LORD WANTS THOSE WHO KILLED HIM TO REPENT

Acts 2:38 says, "Then Peter said unto them, Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." Whatever a man changes his mind from or to is not included in the definition of repentance.

BELIEVERS ARE TOLD NOT TO REPENT ON THE GOSPEL. (HEBREWS 6:1)

"Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on to perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God".

THE LORD WANTS ALL TO COME TO REPENTANCE (II PETER 3:9)

"The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance”. God's desire is for all men to change their minds and trust Him alone for their salvation so they will not perish.

Those, who preach that a man must turn from sin or feel sorry for sin, in order to be saved, are preaching an accursed message. (Galatians 1:8).


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